December 22, 2003 by

Hope Lange

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hlange.jpgHope Elise Ross Lange, an Emmy Award-winning actress, died on Dec. 19 after suffering an infection caused by an intestinal inflammation. She was 72.
Lange was born into a show business family; her father worked as a composer for the Ziegfield Follies and her mother was an actress. At 12, Lange landed her first part on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “The Patriots.”
Film producer Buddy Alder saw Lange perform and encouraged her to move to Hollywood. She did so, and quickly found fame in “Bus Stop.” The film also starred Marilyn Monroe, who demanded that Lange dye her hair brown.
In her third movie role, Lange played Selena Cross in the 1957 film, “Peyton Place,” which was based on the best-selling novel by Grace Metalious. Lange received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for her portrayal of a girl from the wrong side of the tracks who murders her stepfather after being raped by him. She appeared in several other movies, including “The Young Lions” and “A Pocketful of Miracles,” then turned her sights on TV in the late 1960s.
Starring opposite Edward Mulhare, Lange earned two Emmy Awards for her work as Caroline in the romantic sitcom, “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.” She appeared in “The New Dick Van Dyke Show” from 1971 to 1974 before returning to film and stage productions. Modern audiences will remember her as Charles Bronson’s victimized wife in the first “Death Wish” movie, and as a senator in the Harrison Ford picture, “Clear and Present Danger.”

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