Hope Lange

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Real name is Hope Elise Ross Lange
Was born at 28 November 1933 in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, USA . Died at 19 December 2003, Santa Monica, California, USA (ischemic colitis infection)

One of the most natural beauties of the 1960s with a gentle voice andpersonality to match, blonde Hope Lange was born in Redding Ridge,Connecticut, and performed on stage from the age of nine. She studiedboth drama and dance under 'Martha Graham' , did some modeling andthen worked in stock companies and on television, dancing on'Jackie Gleason (I)' shows. She acted in just a handful of motionpictures, garnering an Academy Award nomination for one, and later wontwo Emmys for her best-loved role on television. Hope was one of four children of an actress mother, upon whose shouldersfell the responsibility of supporting the family after the prematuredeath of her father, the composer/arranger John Lange, in 1942.

Alongwith her siblings, she worked as a waitress in the family's GreenwichVillage restaurant, 'Minette's of Washington Square'. By chance, shemade the acquaintance of 'Eleanor Roosevelt' , who owned anapartment in the village, and ended up walking the former First Lady'sprized Scotch terrier, Fala. This got her photo into a newspaper,which, in turn, led to an advertising job with pictures on the June1949 cover of 'Radio-Electronics', sporting the futuristic red 'Manfrom Mars' pith helmet with built-in radio. Still just fifteen yearsold, Hope spent the next two years at college in Oregon and New York,then found her first job in television and was subsequently signed by20th Century-Fox. After successful screen tests, Lange made her motion picture debut in Bus Stop (1956) ('Barbara Eden' was one of her competitorsfor the part) opposite 'Marilyn Monroe' and husband-to-be'Don Murray (I)' .

Even the great Marilyn was said to have felt alittle threatened by another blonde who was not only beautiful but fiveyears younger and could act as well. After playing the wife of thetitular character in The True Story of Jesse James (1957) , apicture which she later referred to as a 'turkey', Lange was cast asthe fragile Selena Cross in the melodramatic but good-looking soapopera Peyton Place (1957) . This movie was regarded as risqué andcontroversial at the time, dealing with previously taboo subjects suchas rape and incest. For her part of the abused girl, raped by heralcoholic stepfather, whom she finally kills in self-defense, Langereceived an Academy Award nomination. The glossy production values of The Best of Everything (1959) , afilm about ambitious New York career women working in a magazinepublishing house, overshadowed most of the character development.

However, Lange (who was billed above the established star'Joan Crawford (I)' ) was dealt with most favorably by the critics. According to 'Bosley Crowther' of The New York Times: "Simplybecause she has the most to do, and does it gracefully, Miss Langecomes off best' (October 9,1959). The following decade was to be aperiod of mixed fortunes for Hope Lange. In 1961, Lange began a long-standing relationship with fellow actor'Glenn Ford (I)' and left husband 'Don Murray (I)' . Ford, inhis dual role of star and associate producer, put pressure on director'Frank Capra' to cast Lange as the female lead in his next motionpicture, the whimsical 'Damon Runyon' -inspired comedy Pocketful of Miracles (1961) , even though'Shirley Jones (I)' had already been assigned to the role.

Caprareluctantly gave way, though Hope Lange was likely miscast as thewisecracking showgirl. Lange again co-starred with Ford in the glossyromantic melodrama Love Is a Ball (1963) , wherein acting took aback seat to sumptuous costumes and the French Riviera. On the negativeside of the ledger, Lange had unsuccessfully auditioned for the part ofMaria in West Side Story (1961) , which ultimately went to'Natalie Wood (I)' . Instead, she was cast as'Elvis Presley' 's psychiatrist in Wild in the Country (1961) , which was generally panned bycritics, except for Variety singling out her performance above the restas 'intelligent' and 'sensitive'. Lange was also slated to appear aslove interest to 'George Peppard' in How the West Was Won (1962) , but her scenes ended up on thecutting room floor.

Turning increasingly towards television, Hope Lange achieved her mostlasting fame as the popular star of the amiable sitcom "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" (1968) as a widow who (with two kids anda housekeeper) takes up residence in a quaint cottage also inhabited bythe cantankerous ghost of a sea captain ('Edward Mulhare' ). Theshow ran for three seasons and Lange won two Emmy Awards forOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in aComedy Series (1969 and 1970). In her only other recurring TV role, sheplayed 'Dick Van Dyke' 's wife in "The New Dick Van Dyke Show" (1971) , but with less rewardingresults. She received good notices for portraying'Charles Bronson (I)' 's dying wife, the victim of the original Death Wish (1974) and its raison d'etre.

She then actedprimarily on television, with few exceptions, including Blue Velvet (1986) and Clear and Present Danger (1994) asa U. S. senator. In 1977, she replaced Tony Award-winning'Ellen Burstyn' in the starring role of Doris in 'Same Time, NextYear' on Broadway. In the early '90s, Lange underwent surgery for a brain tumour.

While theoperation was successful, her health remained precarious and shelimited her screen appearances, retiring altogether in 1998. She diedof an intestinal infection in December 2003, aged 70. .

There is some small facts about Hope Lange:
  • Father, 'Arthur Lange' , was the music arranger for 'Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.' .
  • With her ex-husband, 'Don Murray (I)' , they had a son, actor 'Christopher Murray (I)' , and a daughter, 'Patricia Murray (III)' . The marriage was dissolved in 1961.
  • In 1968, Lange turned to television, taking on the role of Carolyn Muir in the popular series "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir" (1968) . She won two consecutive Emmys for that role, in 1969 and 1970.
  • Lange earned the only Oscar nomination of her career for her supporting role in the provocative film Peyton Place (1957) , in which she murders her rapist stepfather.
  • Made her acting debut on Broadway at the age of 11 in 'Sidney Kingsley' 's play "The Patriots".
  • When she co-starred with 'Marilyn Monroe' in Bus Stop (1956) , Monroe disliked the presence of a younger blonde and sent a series of memos to producers and the director, even suggesting that Lange be made to dye her hair brown.
  • For two years, Lange lived in a sparsely furnished home with crates for coffee tables and only a box spring and mattress for her bed. "She put all her money into the refugee project because that is the kind of person she was", 'Don Murray (I)' said.
  • As of 2014, she and 'Nan Martin (I)' [Amanda Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987) ] are the only deceased cast members of the Nightmare on Elm Street films.
  • She delivered a stirring eulogy at the funeral for her close friend, 'Natalie Wood (I)' .
  • Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 323-324. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
  • Dated 'Don Hastings (I)' during high school.
  • She was the niece of photographer 'Dorothea Lange' , famous for her Depression-era photographs, including the iconic "Migrant Mother".
  • Hope appeared on Radio-Electronics magazine, June 1949 cover wearing the "Man from Mars" Radio Hat.
  • Would occasionally walk Fala, a Scotch terrier belonging to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
  • Studied dance with Martha Graham.
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There is the list of movies, where Hope Lange was taked part:
1 Ford: The Man and the Machine movie Ford: The Man and the Machine 1987 as Clara Ford
2 Hollywood: The Great Stars movie Hollywood: The Great Stars 1963 as Millie Mehaffey
3 In Love and War movie In Love and War 1958 as Andrea Lenaine Kantaylis
4 Love Is a Ball movie Love Is a Ball 1963 as Millicent 'Millie' Mehaffey
5 NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration movie NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration 1986 as Herself
6 The 76th Annual Academy Awards movie The 76th Annual Academy Awards 2004 as Herself (Memorial Tribute)
7 The New Dick Van Dyke Show movie The New Dick Van Dyke Show 1971 as Jenny Preston
8 Whats My Line? movie Whats My Line? 1950 as Herself - Mystery Guest Duo
9 Backstory movie Backstory 2000 as Herself
10 A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddys Revenge movie A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddys Revenge 1985 as Cheryl Walsh
11 Before He Wakes movie Before He Wakes 1998 as Helen Rawlings
12 Blue Velvet movie Blue Velvet 1986 as Mrs. Williams
13 Bus Stop movie Bus Stop 1956 as Elma Duckworth
14 Clear and Present Danger movie Clear and Present Danger 1994 as Senator Mayo
15 Cooperstown movie Cooperstown 1993 as Cassie Willette
16 Crowhaven Farm movie Crowhaven Farm 1970 as Maggie Porter
17 Cyrano De Bergerac movie Cyrano De Bergerac 1962 as Roxane
18 Dead Before Dawn movie Dead Before Dawn 1993 as Virginia DeSilva
19 Death Wish movie Death Wish 1974 as Joanna Kersey
20 Fer-de-Lance movie Fer-de-Lance 1974 as Elaine Wedell
21 Frank Capras American Dream movie Frank Capras American Dream 1997 as Herself
22 Hazards People movie Hazards People 1976 as Mrs. DeLacy
23 Hedda Hoppers Hollywood movie Hedda Hoppers Hollywood 1960 as Herself
24 Hollywood My Home Town movie Hollywood My Home Town 1965 as Herself
25 Hollywood Without Make-Up movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963 as Herself
26 I Am the Cheese movie I Am the Cheese 1983 as Betty Farmer
27 I Love You... Good-bye movie I Love You... Good-bye 1974 as Karen Chandler
28 Jigsaw movie Jigsaw 1968 as Helen Atterbury
29 Josh, the Logan Legend movie Josh, the Logan Legend 1986 as Herself
30 Just Cause movie Just Cause 1995 as Libby Prentiss
31 Like Normal People movie Like Normal People 1979 as Roz Meyers
32 Marilyn movie Marilyn 1963 as Herself (scene from "Bus Stop")
33 Message from Nam movie Message from Nam 1993 as Marjorie Wilson
34 Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady movie Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady 1982 as Herself
35 Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy movie Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy 2010 as Herself
36 Peyton Place movie Peyton Place 1957 as Selena Cross
37 Pleasure Palace movie Pleasure Palace 1980 as Madelaine Calvert
38 Pocketful of Miracles movie Pocketful of Miracles 1961 as Queenie Martin
39 Private Sessions movie Private Sessions 1985 as Mrs. Coles
40 Special Gala to Support Kennedy Campaign movie Special Gala to Support Kennedy Campaign 1960 as Herself - Performer
There is the list of some articles of Hope Lange:
  • "TV Guide" (USA), 24 January 2004, Vol. 52, Iss. 4, pg. 14, by: Ellen B. Klugman, "Tribute: Hope Lange"
  • "Entertainment Weekly" (USA), 9 January 2004, Vol. 1, Iss. 745, pg. 23, by: Karyn L. Barr, "Legacy: Hope Lange"
There is the list of some printed articles of Hope Elise Ross Lange:
  • "Celebrity Sleuth" (USA), 1991, Vol. 4, Iss. 5, pg. 56-57, by: staff, "Anatomy Awards 3: Hope Lange"
The image of Hope Elise Ross Lange was on the covers of these magazines:
  • "Inside TV" (USA), March 1969
There is the list of some quotes of Hope Lange:
  • [on working with 'Joan Crawford (I)' on The Best of Everything (1959) ] "I was fortunate that there was this tension with her. Our scenes were built with tension, and there it was, even before the camera rolled. It had to have been tough for her, to have these three young upstarts - and there she was, in a non-starring role."
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