Everyone has their favorite American Horror Story episodes and fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for the October 7 premier of American Horror Story: Hotel on FX. The fifth season of this insanely popular anthology will definitely be must-see TV this fall. Although the always fabulous Jessica Lange won’t be returning, Lady Gaga promises to be another unforgettably fierce leading lady. Creator Ryan Murphy gave ET a hint of what we can expect, “Her introduction is a six-minute [scene] — almost like a silent movie with no dialogue, and lots of blood and nudity.”
As a tribute to the incomparable Ms. Lange, and in anticipation of the equally incomparable Lady Gaga, we present 10 ways American Horror Story seasons celebrate powerful, diverse women.
1. Jessica Lange
Even playing a nun, Jessica Lange oozes sensuality and proves that sexy doesn’t have an expiration date — even in Hollywood.
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2. Sara Paulson
On the other end of the sexy spectrum, Sara Paulson has more of a girl-next-door-with-a-twist vibe. She’s played a lesbian condemned to an asylum in the repressive 50’s, the headmistress of a boarding school for witches and a two-headed woman in Freak Show.
3. Jamie Brewer
Jamie Brewer made her acting debut in Murder House as Jessica Lange’s daughter. She also became the first model with Down syndrome to walk the runway at New York Fashion Week earlier this year. Talk about groundbreaking!
4. Angela Bassett
She’s the embodiment of female strength. In Coven, Angela Bassett played voodoo queen Marie Laveau whose storyline explored the history of racism in America. And who can forget three-breasted Desiree Dupree from Freak Show. We can’t wait to see her in upcoming American Horror Story episodes as jazz singer Lolita Jones.
5. Lily Rabe
She plays sweet, innocent nun, Sister Mary Eunice in two American Horror Story seasons and rumor has that she’ll appear on the Halloween episode of Hotel as real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos.
6. Murder House
The first season of American Horror Story set the stage with women driving the storylines and a female dominated cast led by phenomenal actresses, Jessica Lange and Connie Britton.
Although the core cast of Coven was entirely women and witches are all about female power, some thought the season succumbed to certain stereotypes. Even so, women of all stripes ruled.
8. Feminist Themes
Feminist themes like sexuality, rape, gender identity and discrimination are almost always front and center in this series.
9. Women Represent
She’s in her sixties and Jessica Lange is arguably the most seductive woman on the show. We’ll miss her! The cast features complex women from teen ingénues to nuns to freaks to long dead ghosts and everything in between.
We can’t wait to see Lady Gaga work her magic as a bisexual vampire who shares some steamy scenes with Angela Bassett this season. Supermodel Naomi Campbell will also appear on several American Horror Story episodes as a deadly fashion editor and Sarah Paulson’s character is called Sally Hypodermic….