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Jessica Lange appears in a still from the FX series American Horror Story. - Provided courtesy of FX

Jessica Lange will return to 'American Horror Story' season 2

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03/01/2012 by Olivia Allin

Jessica Lange is the first character confirmed to return for season two of the hugely popular FX series, "American Horror Story."

But series creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk revealed on March 1 that the actress will not return as the delightfully wicked Constance Langdon, rather she will take on an entirely new character.

"We have designed the second season of American Horror Story completely around her character," Murphy told Entertainment Weekly. "Last year Jessica came in with Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott."

"This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I'm very excited about it," Murphy continued. "We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She and I have spoken about different things. She has a lot of ideas, and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress. She's a great collaborator and a great friend."

It was announced on October 31 that "American Horror Story" had been renewed for a second season.

"American Horror Story" was created by "Glee" executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The first season and followed Ben (Dylan McDermott) Vivien (Connie Britton) and their daughter Violet (Taissa Farmiga) who move from Boston to Los Angeles into a haunted house filled with secrets and ghostly creatures. Lange starred as their neighbor and previous occupant.

Murphy previously revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the second season would take place in a new setting, in a "horror institution" on the East Coast and four of the cast members will return. The remaining three members are slated to be revealed at the annual PaleyFest event in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday, March 2.

In December, Lange made headlines when it was announced that she had separated from her longtime partner Sam Shapard. The two had quietly parted ways two years prior to the announcement.

Lange and Shepard shared a home in upstate New York and have two kids together, Hanna Jane, 26, and Samuel Walker, 24. They never married.

Lange also has a daughter, Aleksandra, whose father is Mikhail Baryshnikov, a ballet dancer who appeared on "Sex and the City." Lange was married once - to Francisco Paco Grande. They divorced in 1981 after about 11 years. Shepard has a son, Jesse, from his past marriage to "Edward Scissorhands" actress O-Lan Jones.

The 62-year-old actress earned a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her role as Constance in "American Horror Story."

She has received two Oscars in her career, for Best Actress in "Blue Sky" and Best Supporting Actress in "Tootsie," and four Golden Globes. She recently appeared opposite Rachel McAdams in "The Vow," which hit theaters on February 10, 2012.

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