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DiedDecember 19, 2003, Santa Monica, California, United States
SpouseCharles Hollerith, Jr., Alan J. Pakula, Don Murray
FactStudied dance with Martha Graham.

Hope Lange was born on November 28, 1931, in Redding, Connecticut. Her parents were John and Dorothy Lange, both of whom were of German descent. She had two sisters, Jane and Ann. Lange was educated at the prestigious Putney School in Vermont and later attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. It was here that she met and fell in love with Don Murray, whom she would later marry.

Lange’s career began on the stage, where she appeared in a number of Broadway productions. In 1957, she made her film debut in the comedy “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”, which was a huge hit. This led to a string of successful films, including “Peyton Place”, “The Young Lions” and “Inherit the Wind”. Lange won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film “Blue Velvet”.

Lange was married three times. Her first husband was Don Murray, with whom she had two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary. Her second husband was Alan Bates, with whom she had one son, Nicholas. Her third and final husband was John Calley, with whom she had no children.

Lange passed away on December 19, 2014, at the age of 83.

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Full NameHope Lange
DiedDecember 19, 2003, Santa Monica, California, United States
Height1.57 m
EducationReed College


SpouseCharles Hollerith, Jr., Alan J. Pakula, Don Murray
ChildrenChristopher Murray, Patricia Murray
ParentsMinette Lange, John George Lange
SiblingsDavid Lange, Minelda Lange, Joy Lange


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star - Female, TV Land Favorite Character from the "Other Si...
MoviesDeath Wish, Blue Velvet, Peyton Place, The Best of Everything, Bus Stop, Wild in the Country, Pocketful of Miracles, The Young Lions, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, Clear and Present Danger, The True Story of Jesse James, Love Is a Ball, In Love and War, That Certain Summer, Just Cau...
TV ShowsThe New Dick Van Dyke Show, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Backstory, Knight & Daye

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1[on working with Joan Crawford 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."


1Studied dance with Martha Graham.
2Would occasionally walk Fala, a Scotch terrier belonging to former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.
3Hope appeared on Radio-Electronics magazine, June 1949 cover wearing the "Man from Mars" Radio Hat.
4She was the niece of photographer Dorothea Lange, famous for her Depression-era photographs, including the iconic "Migrant Mother".
5Dated Don Hastings during high school.
6Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 323-324. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
7She delivered a stirring eulogy at the funeral for her close friend, Natalie Wood.
8As of 2014, she and Nan Martin [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.
9For 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 said.
10When 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.
11Made her acting debut on Broadway at the age of 11 in Sidney Kingsley's play "The Patriots".
12Lange 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.
13In 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.
14With her ex-husband, Don Murray, they had a son, actor Christopher Murray, and a daughter, Patricia Murray. The marriage was dissolved in 1961.
15Father, Arthur Lange, was the music arranger for Florenz Ziegfeld Jr..




Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre1966TV SeriesRachel Douglas
Love Is a Ball1963Millicent 'Millie' Mehaffey
Cyrano De Bergerac1962TV MovieRoxane
Pocketful of Miracles1961Queenie Martin
Wild in the Country1961Irene Sperry
The Best of Everything1959Caroline Bender
In Love and War1958Andrea Lenaine Kantaylis
Playhouse 901957-1958TV SeriesAlex Winter / Jessica Lovell / Raiya
The Young Lions1958Hope Plowman
Peyton Place1957Selena Cross
The True Story of Jesse James1957Zee James
Bus Stop1956Elma Duckworth
Kraft Theatre1956TV SeriesRandy
Before He Wakes1998TV MovieHelen Rawlings
Just Cause1995Libby Prentiss
Clear and Present Danger1994Senator Mayo
Message from Nam1993TV MovieMarjorie Wilson
Murder, She Wrote1987-1993TV SeriesHelen Lewis / Charlotte Newcastle
Cooperstown1993TV MovieCassie Willette
Dead Before Dawn1993TV MovieVirginia DeSilva
Tune in Tomorrow...1990Margaret Quince
Knight & Daye1989TV SeriesGloria Daye
Trying Times1987TV SeriesFrances Fletcher
Ford: The Man and the Machine1987TV MovieClara Ford
Hotel1983-1986TV SeriesDr. Hannah Fielding / Gwen Andrews
Blue Velvet1986Mrs. Williams
Survival Guide1985TV Movie
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge1985Cheryl Walsh
Private Sessions1985TV MovieMrs. Coles
Finder of Lost Loves1984TV SeriesCatherine Smith
I Am the Cheese1983Betty Farmer
The Prodigal1983Anne Stuart
Fantasy Island1983TV SeriesMarion Stamford
Matt Houston1982TV SeriesKate Riley
Pleasure Palace1980TV MovieMadelaine Calvert
Beulah Land1980TV Mini-SeriesDeborah Kendrick
The Day Christ Died1980TV MovieClaudia
Like Normal People1979TV MovieRoz Meyers
The Love Boat1978TV SeriesSandra Newberry
The Love Boat II1977TV MovieElaine Palmer
Police Story1977TV SeriesAnn Wells
Gibbsville1976TV SeriesHarriet
Hazard's People1976TV MovieMrs. DeLacy
The Rivalry1975TV MovieMrs. Douglas
Medical Story1975TV SeriesDiana Hopkins
The Secret Night Caller1975TV MoviePat Durant
Fer-de-Lance1974TV MovieElaine Wedell
Death Wish1974Joanna Kersey
I Love You... Good-bye1974Karen Chandler
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1971-1974TV SeriesJenny Preston
The 500 Pound Jerk1973TV MovieKaren Walsh
That Certain Summer1972TV MovieJanet Salter
Crowhaven Farm1970TV MovieMaggie Porter
The Ghost & Mrs. Muir1968-1970TV SeriesCarolyn Muir Mrs. Muir
Jigsaw1968Helen Atterbury
CBS Playhouse1967TV SeriesLois Graves
The Fugitive1966TV SeriesAnnie Johnson


Wild in the Country1961performer: "Husky Dusky Day" - uncredited


Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentary dedicated in loving memory of


Backstory2000-2001TV Series documentaryHerself
Biography1998TV Series documentaryHerself / Hope Plowman
Josh, the Logan Legend1986DocumentaryHerself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHerself
Tom Cottle: Up Close1983TV SeriesHerself
Natalie - A Tribute to a Very Special Lady1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
Good Morning America1977TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show1977TV SeriesHerself - Actress
The Hollywood Squares1974TV SeriesHerself - Guest Appearance
The David Frost Show1971TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 21st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1969TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
Special Gala to Support Kennedy Campaign1960TV MovieHerself - Performer
The 32nd Annual Academy Awards1960TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Short Subjects Awards
Hedda Hopper's Hollywood1960TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Linkletter Show1959TV SeriesHerself
What's My Line?1958TV SeriesHerself - Mystery Guest Duo
The 30th Annual Academy Awards1958TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Co-Presenter: Scientific & Technical Awards
Back That Fact1953TV SeriesHerself (1953)

Archive Footage

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy2010Video documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentary
Larry King Live2002TV SeriesElma Duckworth
Frank Capra's American Dream1997TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990TV SeriesMargaret Dubarque from film TUNE IN TOMORROW...
Hollywood My Home Town1965DocumentaryHerself
Marilyn1963DocumentaryHerself (scene from "Bus Stop") (uncredited)
Hollywood: The Great Stars1963TV Movie documentaryMillie Mehaffey (uncredited)
Hollywood Without Make-Up1963DocumentaryHerself


Won Awards

1970Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThe Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesThe Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968)

Nominated Awards

2008TV Land AwardTV Land AwardsFavorite Character from the "Other Side"The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968)
1973Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThat Certain Summer (1972)
1969Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest TV Star - FemaleThe Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968)
1958OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RolePeyton Place (1957)
1958Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressPeyton Place (1957)

2nd Place Awards

1958Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop New Female Personality

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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