Hope Lange

Actor
As a soft-spoken, natural beauty, Hope Lange was the antithesis of many of her glamorous contemporaries, such as Marilyn Monroe, whom Lange supported in "Bus Stop" (1956). Her quiet, calm manner may not have inspired ... Read more »
Born: 11/28/1931 in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (50)

Montgomery Clift: The Hidden Star 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Charlie Grace 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Just Cause 1995 (Movie)

Libby Prentis (Actor)

Clear and Present Danger 1994 (Movie)

Senator Mayo (Actor)

Dead Before Dawn 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Montgomery Clift: His Place in the Sun 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Tune in Tomorrow... 1990 (Movie)

Margaret Quince (Actor)

Knight & Daye 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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A Family Tree 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1971 - 1974, 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

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Blue Velvet 1986 (Movie)

Mrs Williams (Actor)

NBC's 60th Anniversary Celebration 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The Prodigal 1984 (Movie)

Anne Stuart (Actor)

I Am the Cheese 1983 (Movie)

Betty Farmer (Actor)

Death Wish 1974 (Movie)

Joanna Kersey (Actor)

The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1971 - 1974 (Tv Show)

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The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1968 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Jigsaw 1968 (Movie)

Helen Atterbury (Actor)

The Fugitive 1963 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Love Is a Ball 1963 (Movie)

Millie Mehaffey (Actor)

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Elizabeth Martin (Actor)

Wild in the Country 1961 (Movie)

Irene Sperry (Actor)

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

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In Love and War 1958 (Movie)

Andrea Lenaine (Actor)

The Best of Everything 1958 (Movie)

Caroline Bender (Actor)

The Young Lions 1958 (Movie)

Hope Plowman (Actor)

Peyton Place 1957 (Movie)

Selena Cross (Actor)

Bus Stop 1956 (Movie)

Elma Duckworth (Actor)

The True Story of Jesse James 1956 (Movie)

Zee (Actor)

Backstory (TV Show)

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Before He Wakes (TV Show)

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Beulah Land (TV Show)

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Cooperstown (TV Show)

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Crowhaven Farm (TV Show)

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Fer-De-Lance (TV Show)

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Hazard's People (TV Show)

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I Love You... Goodbye (TV Show)

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Kraft Television Theater (TV Show)

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Like Normal People (TV Show)

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Pleasure Palace (TV Show)

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Private Sessions (TV Show)

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That Certain Summer (TV Show)

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The 500-Pound Jerk (TV Show)

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The Day Christ Died (TV Show)

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The Love Boat II (TV Show)

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The Rivalry (TV Show)

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The Secret Night Caller (TV Show)

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Biography

As a soft-spoken, natural beauty, Hope Lange was the antithesis of many of her glamorous contemporaries, such as Marilyn Monroe, whom Lange supported in "Bus Stop" (1956). Her quiet, calm manner may not have inspired the same kind of lurid celebrity as Monroe, but Lange's assured performance in the racy, taboo-flaunting "Peyton Place" (1957) the following year earned her nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Paired with the hottest young stars on the Twentieth Century Fox lot, Lange spent a decade as the on-call ingénue before her affair with older actor Glenn Ford, who demanded that she be cast in his films, sidelined her career with two back-to-back disappointments. Lange found her way back to the top of her form on television, winning two Emmy Awards for her starring role on the romantic sitcom "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" (NBC, 1968-69 / ABC, 1969-1970). She would also play Dick van Dyke's wife in "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS, 1971-74) and star in a constant stream of made for television movies before poor health forced her into retirement in the late 1990s. Hope Lange's long and acclaimed career, which eschewed the shallow trappings of glamour and celebrity, was a testament to her quiet, subtle and assured talent.

Relationships

Charles Hollerith

Husband
married in 1986

John Lange

Father
gained fame as Florenz Ziegfeld's musical conductor

Minette Lange

Mother
widowed in the 1940s, she gave elocution lessons

Charity Lange

Sister

Faith Lange

Sister

Don Murray Actor

Husband
Co-starred in "Bus Stop" (1956)

Don Murray

Husband
married in 1956 divorced in 1961

Patricia Murray

Daughter
born in 1958

Christopher Murray

Son
born in 1957

Alan Pakula

Husband
married in 1963 divorced in 1969

EDUCATION

Barmore Junior College

Reed College

Portland , Oregon

studied dance with Martha Graham

Milestones

1991

Had surgery to remove a benign brain tumor in October

1977

Returned to Broadway in "Same Time, Next Year"

1973

TV movie debut, "That Certain Summer"

1957

Starred in feature film, "Peyton Place"

1942

Stage debut at age 12 in Sidney Kingsley's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "The Patriots"

1942

Left show business to finish school

Starred on TV series, "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir"

Appeared in commercials and bit parts on live TV (including as a dancer on "The Jackie Gleason Show" and an assistant on the short-lived quiz program "Back That Fact" 1953) while a college student in New York

Played Jenny Preston on TV comedy, "The New Dick Van Dyke Show"

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