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Hope Lange – MovieActors.com

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Lange in THE YOUNG LIONS.

About Hope Lange (1933 – 2003)

Hope Lange was born in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, on November 28, 1933, one of four children of cellist, conductor and music arranger, John George Lange, and actress Minette who had a catering business. The family moved to Greenwich Village when Hope was very young.
Hope had two older sisters, Minelda, and Joy; and had a brother as well.

When her father died, her mother opened up a restaurant, "Minette's of Washington Square", and supported her family from 1944 to 1956. All the children worked in this business, making it a true family business. Minelda worked the cash register, and the others waited on tables.s

She began acting and singing in 1942, in the play, LIFE, LAUGHTER AND TEARS in the both theatre. At the age of ten, Hope Lange made her acting debut on Broadway in Sidney Kingley's play, THE PATRIOTS with a speaking part.

During high schol Hope Lange was kept busy by taking dance and acting lessons from choreographer Martha Graham, did some modeling and worked the tables with sister Joy in mom's restaurant.

Actor Don Murray married Hope Lange in 1956 but they were later divorced in 1961. They had two children, Patricia and Christopher. Their son, Christopher Murray, starred in SMOKIN' ACES in 2006.

In 1956, Hope Lange co-starred with Marilyn Monroe in BUS STOP. Marilyn Monroe was so upset over having another blonde in the movie, she was constantly sending memos to the writers and directors to make Hope Lange dye her hair brown.

In 1957, Hope Lange received an Oscar nomination for her role in PEYTON PLACE. Lange played an incest victim who murders her rapist stepfather.

In 1968, Hope Lange landed the part of Carolyn Muir in THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR, a television series. She won two consecutive Emmys for the role in 1969 and 1970.

Don Murray has been quoted as saying that at one time Hope Lange lived in a sparsely furnished apartment with crates for coffee tables and a box spring and mattress for her bed so that she could help with a refugee project. Don Murray, her ex-husband, fondly said that was just the kind of person she was.

On December 19, 2003 in Santa Monica, California Hope Lange died from an ischemic colitis infection.

Awards won by Hope Lange...

Emmy Award - 1969 & 1970 - THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR
Laurel Award - 1958 - Top New Female Personality

Hope Lange's notable movie credits include...

BEFORE HE WAKES - TV - 1998
JUST CAUSE (1995)
CLEAR & PRESENT DANGER - 1994
TUNE IN TOMORROW...(1990)
BLUE VELVET - 1986
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET PART 2: FREDDY'S REVENGE - 1985
THE PRODIGAL - 1983
I AM THE CHEESE - 1983
DEATH WISH - 1974
I LOVE YOU...GOOD-BYE - 1974
JIGSAW - 1968
LOVE IS A BALL - 1963
POCKETFUL OF MIRACLES - 1961
WILD IN THE COUNTRY - 1961
THE BEST OF EVERYTHING - 1959
IN LOVE AND WAR - 1958
THE YOUNG LIONS- 1958
PEYTON PLACE - 1957
THE TRUE STORY OF JESSE JAMES - 1957
BUS STOP - 1956

Hope Lange's notable television credits include...

BEFORE HE WAKES - TV MOVIE (1998)
MESSAGE FROM NAM - TV MOVIE (1993)
MURDER SHE WROTE - TV SERIES (1987, 1993 episodes)
COOPERSTOWN - TV MOVIE (1993)
KNIGHT & DAYE -TV SERIES (1989)
FORD: THE MAN AND THE MACHINE - TV MOVE (1987)
HOTEL - TV SERIES (1983-1986)
SURVIVAL GUIDE -TV MOVIE (1985)
BEULAH LAND - 1980 - TV Miniseries
THE DAY CHRIST DIED - TV MOVIE - 1980
LIKE NORMAL PEOPLE - TV MOVIE - 1979
THE LOVE BOAT 11 - TV MOVIE - 1977
THE SECRET NIGHT CALLER - TV MOVIE - 1975
THE RIVALRY - TV MOVIE - 1975
THE NEW DICK VAN DYKE SHOW -TV SERIES (1971-1974)
THE 500 POUND JERK - TV MOVIE - 1973
THAT CERTAIN SUMMER - TV MOVIE - 1972
CROWHAVEN FARM - TV MOVIE - 1970
THE GHOST & MRS. MUIR - TV SERIES - (1968-1970)
CBS PLAYHOUSE - TV SERIES - Dear Friends; Lois Graves - 1967
BOB HOPE PRESENTS THE CHRYSLER THEATRE - TV Series- Shipwrrecked - 1966.
CYRANO DE BERGERAC - TV MOVIE - 1962
PLAYHOUSE 90 - TV Series - 1957-1958.
KRAFT THEATRE -TV Series - 1956.





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Hope Lange (left, with Laura Dern) in BLUE VELVET (1986).

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Hope Lange in THE YOUNG LIONS (1958).