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Hope Lange



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
25% Just Cause
  • Libby Prentiss
1995
82% 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
94% Blue Velvet
  • Mrs. Williams
1986
40% Nightmare on Elm Street, Part 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
67% 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
60% 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

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