Actress Jessica Lange was injured yesterday at her family cabin in Minnesota. She was descending a stairway at her lake home near Askov in Pine County, when a loose handrail gave way, causing her to fall.
Leslee Dart, a spokeswoman for the actress, indicates that Lange suffered bruised ribs, a broken collar bone and received a cut on her forehead, that required stitches.
Lange, who hails from Cloquet, Minnesota, lived with her partner Sam Shepard in the historic river town of Stillwater, Minnesota for nine years, where they raised their three children. The couple sold the former bed-and-breakfast for a reported $1.85 million in September 2008.
The family still maintains a cabin not far from her hometown of Cloquet and was spending some time there when the accident occurred. She was expected to be released from an area hospital soon.
In an AARP magazine interview from 2004, Lange said of her beloved cabin: “There is no place I’d rather be. The cabin is in the deep woods, on a hill overlooking a small lake. There is no sound except nature, which can be amazingly loud when you really listen. We can hear coyote, timber wolves, bear. I get up at 6:30 a.m., take my coffee, and sit on the dock and watch the hawks, eagles, loons, and blue heron.”
Shepherd was arrested in Illinois and charged with a DUI in January 2009 while returning from a visit to the Minnesota cabin.