Jessica Lange to Exit "American Horror Story" After Next Season

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    Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story: Coven"

    Actress Jessica Lange has revealed she will leave the hit series "American Horror Story" after one more season and also that she will retire completely in about five years.

    "I am coming to the end of acting," Lange says in an interview with the Los Angeles Times. "I have a list: another stage production, maybe one or two more movies, one more season of "American Horror Story" ... and then that is it for me. Because I think that's enough. I want to go out with a bang ... or should I say, a scare?"

    The two-time Oscar winner--Lange took home the best supporting actress Academy Award for 1983's "Tootsie" and best lead actress for "Blue Sky" in 1994--goes on to say that her roles in the FX horror series "reenergized me; it reenergized my career."

    Lange. 64, has appeared as different characters in each season of "American Horror Story," with the latest incarnation of the series, "Coven," drawing more than 7 million viewers to its debut episode on Oct. 9. The actress was awarded an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG award in 2012 for her first-season portrayal of nosy neighbor Constance Langdon.

    And Lange is revelling in her new-found exposure. "There's no shame in recognizing that," she says of the effect the show has had on her career. "It's exposed me to a whole new generation, which is a little strange. I'm not used to young people thinking I'm cool."

    The dark subject matter of the series is something Lange admits she is comfortable with. "I've never been a sunny personality. I've never been outgoing. I'm a solitary person," she tells the Times. "So those are areas of the human psyche that I like to explore, probably in a subconscious attempt to understand my own place in the world."

    "American Horror Story: Coven" airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. on FX