Born 1944 in Redding, Connecticut, American actress Hope Lange began working in television in the 1950s with appearances on Kraft Television Theatre, which caught the eye of a Hollywood producer where she was signed on a contract to 20th Century Fox.
Lange came to prominence in her first film role in Bus Stop with Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray, whom she married in 1956. Murray later said that Monroe grew jealous of another blonde being hired for the movie and asked the studio producers to dye Lange’s blonde hair light brown.
Lange was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Selena Cross in the 1957 film Peyton Place. In 1969 and 1970, she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Carolyn Muir in the sitcom The Ghost & Mrs. Muir.
Lange died in 2003 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California as a result of an ischemic colitis infection at the age of 70.
Take a look at these beautiful photos to see portrait of a young Hope Lange in the 1950s and 1960s.