Hope Lange

Born Nov 28, 1933

Hope Elise Ross Lange was an American film, stage, and television actress.

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1933 Birth Lange's year of birth is often reported as 1931, but the correct year is 1933. A possible source of this error is the Reader's Digest Almanac and Yearbook. It has shown the 1931 date from as early as 1980 to the 2009 issue. The 1976 and earlier editions give the year of birth as 1933. … Read More
Lange sang with other children in the play Life, Laughter and Tears, which opened at the Booth Theatre in March 1942. … Read More


1946 12 Years Old Lange's age of 12 in April 1946 would correspond to a birthdate in November 1933, not 1931.
1949 15 Years Old She appeared on the June 1949 cover of Radio-Electronics magazine wearing the "Man from Mars" Radio Hat. … Read More
1951 17 Years Old Also, a short feature story was published in February 1951 about Hope Lange's culinary skills. … Read More


1956 22 Years Old 1 More Event
Lange came to prominence in her first film role in Bus Stop with Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray, whom she married on April 14, 1956. … Read More
1957 23 Years Old 1 More Event
As a result of favorable reviews, Lange landed a major role in the then-risqué 1957 film Peyton Place. … Read More
1958 24 Years Old She starred as the wife of Jeffrey Hunter's character in Anton Myrer's wartime drama In Love and War in 1958.
1959 25 Years Old These roles eventually led to Lange earning top billing in 1959's The Best of Everything, with Suzy Parker and Joan Crawford.
1961 27 Years Old Lange appeared as Elvis Presley's older psychologist love interest in Wild in the Country in 1961, despite being only 13 months Elvis' senior. … Read More
1963 29 Years Old She then left acting for three years after her October 19, 1963, marriage to producer-director, Alan J. Pakula, whom she divorced in 1971.


1966 32 Years Old Lange returned to television for a 1966 role in the series The Fugitive (1963).
1968 34 Years Old She starred from 1968 to 1970 in the television series, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir for which she earned two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award nomination. … Read More
1972 38 Years Old In 1972 she also dated Frank Sinatra and began a relationship with married novelist John Cheever.


1977 43 Years Old In 1977, she returned to the Broadway stage where her acting career had originally begun. … Read More


1985 51 Years Old In 1985, she appeared in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge and in 1986, she took a role as Laura Dern's mother in David Lynch's Blue Velvet.
1986 52 Years Old In 1986, she married theatrical producer Charles Hollerith, with whom she remained the rest of her life.


1994 60 Years Old She took a Broadway role in Same Time, Next Year and then made appearances in the television movie based on Danielle Steel's Message from Nam and in 1994's Clear and Present Danger.
1998 64 Years Old Lange made appearances in the Maine town in which Peyton Place had been filmed during the film's 40th anniversary celebrations in 1998.
2003 70 Years Old Lange died on December 19, 2003, at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, as a result of an ischemic colitis infection at the age of 70.
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