Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 23, 2003

Hope Lange, 70, who earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the 1957 film Peyton Place and won two Emmys for playing the lead in the television series The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, died Friday in Santa Monica, Calif., after suffering an infection caused by intestinal inflammation, said her husband, former theatrical producer Charles Hollerith.

Ms. Lange starred in dozens of films and television shows during a lengthy career and appeared with some of Hollywood's top actors.

Her screen credits included The Best of Everything in 1959 with Joan Crawford, The Young Lions in 1958 with Marlon Brando, Wild in the Country in 1961 with Elvis Presley and Peyton Place with Lana Turner.

In Peyton Place, Ms. Lange had second billing to Ms. Turner, portraying a teen from the wrong side of the tracks who is raped by her stepfather and then is accused of murdering him.

Ms. Lange combined good looks and acting prowess, said actor Don Murray, who was married to her for several years in the 1950s. "She was considered a great beauty who was also a serious and dedicated actor who didn't pay attention to being glamorous."

He said her looks even intimidated Marilyn Monroe, who wanted Ms. Lange's naturally blond hair dyed light brown in their 1956 film Bus Stop.

"Marilyn complained about sharing the screen with another blonde," said Mr. Murray, who also starred in the movie. "I guess she felt competition because Hope was a young beauty."

In The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, which ran from 1968 to 1970, Ms. Lange played charming widow Carolyn Muir, who moves into a seaside home with her children and finds the ghost of a sea captain, played by Edward Mulhare.

She also co-starred with Dick Van Dyke in The New Dick Van Dyke Show from 1971 to 1974, playing the wife of Mr. Van Dyke's character, a television talk show host.

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