Hope Lange

Hope Lange

  • Highest Rated: 95% Blue Velvet (1986)
  • Lowest Rated: 24% Just Cause (1995)
  • Birthday: Nov 28, 1931
  • Birthplace: Redding Ridge, Connecticut, USA
  • The daughter of show folk, Hope Lange was 12 when she appeared in her first Broadway play, Sidney Kingsley's The Patriots. Fourteen years later, with dozens of plays and TV programs to her credit, Lange made her screen debut in Bus Stop (1956), managing to garner critical and audience attention despite her omnipresent co-star Marilyn Monroe (Lange's first husband was Bus Stop leading man Don Murray). Signed to a 20th Century Fox contract, Lange was Oscar nominated for her performance in Peyton Place (1957) and was equally impressive in such films as The Young Lions (1957) and The Best of Everything (1959). In the early 1960s, Lange was briefly linked romantically with Glenn Ford, who insisted that she co-star with him in Pocketful of Miracles, a fact that inspired a stream of published invective from the film's director, Frank Capra, who'd wanted Shirley Jones for the part. Despite Capra's reservations in regards to her acting ability, Lange continued to prosper as a film actress until turning to TV in 1968 as star of the weekly The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, a project that would earn her two Emmys. She then spent three years in a thankless "supportive housewife" part in The New Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1974, Lange received some of her best reviews in years for her work in Death Wish -- in which she spent most of her time in a coma before expiring in Reel Two! Subsequent projects in which Lange was involved included the 1977 play Same Time Next Year and the first of the Nightmare on Elm Street films. Hope Lange was first married to Don Murray, then producer/director Alan J. Pakula.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

24% Just Cause Libby Prentiss 1995
80% Clear and Present Danger Senator Mayo 1994
No Score Yet Dead Before Dawn Virginia DeSilva 1993
45% Tune in Tomorrow... (Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter) Margaret Quince 1990
No Score Yet Ford: The Man and the Machine Clara Ford 1987
95% Blue Velvet Mrs. Williams 1986
41% A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Mrs. Walsh 1985
No Score Yet Private Sessions Actor 1985
No Score Yet I Am the Cheese Betty Farmer 1983
No Score Yet The Prodigal Anne Stuart 1983
No Score Yet Beulah Land Deborah Kendrick 1980
No Score Yet Fer-de-Lance Elaine Wedell 1974
65% Death Wish Joanna Kersey 1974
No Score Yet I Love You...Goodbye Karen Chandler 1973
No Score Yet Crowhaven Farm Actor 1970
75% The Love Bug Actor 1969
No Score Yet Jigsaw Helen Atterbury 1968
No Score Yet Love Is a Ball Millicent 1963
63% Pocketful of Miracles Queenie Martin 1961
50% Wild in the Country Irene Sperry 1961
60% The Best of Everything Caroline Bender 1959
No Score Yet In Love and War Andrea Lenaine 1958
83% The Young Lions Hope Plowman 1958
63% Peyton Place Selena Cross 1957
86% The True Story of Jesse James Zee James 1957
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June Actor 1956
79% Bus Stop Elma 1956

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Charlotte Newscastle Helen Lewis
  • 1993
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Annie
  • 1966

QUOTES FROM Hope Lange CHARACTERS

Mrs. Walsh
(about Jesse) - He needs professional help. I think we have to take him to see a psychiatrist.
Mrs. Walsh
(about Jesse) He needs professional help. I think we have to take him to see a psychiatrist.
Mr. Walsh
Oh come, Cheryl. Are you out of your gourd? What the hell will that do?
Mrs. Walsh
I don't know. I just feel he needs help and we don't know how to give it to him.
Mr. Walsh
Oh come, Cheryl.
Mrs. Walsh
Are you hearing me? That boy's in trouble!
Mr. Walsh
No, he's not in trouble! What that boy needs is a good god damn kick in the butt, that's what he needs! Tell you what he needs. He needs a methadone clinic.
Jesse Walsh
How come it took five years to sell this house?
Mr. Walsh
Oh, I don't know. Just couldn't get the right price, I suppose.
Jesse Walsh
You didn't know anything about the murder across the street and the crazy girl who lived here that saw the whole thing?
Mr. Walsh
They told me something about it.
Mrs. Walsh
You mean you knew something about this and...
Mr. Walsh
Oh come, Cheryl. How do think we got such a good deal?
Jesse Walsh
Did they tell you that that girl lost her mind and her mother killed herself in our living room?
Mrs. Walsh
What?
Jesse Walsh
Did they tell you that?
Angela
Mom, I'm scared.