Hope Lang dies at 70

Actress played 'Peyton Place' rape victim

Tuesday, December 23, 2003

— Actress Hope Lange, who earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the 1957 film "Peyton Place" and won two Emmys for playing the lead in TV's "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," has died at age 70.

Lange died Friday at Saint John's Health Center after suffering an infection caused by an intestinal inflammation known as ischemic colitis, said her husband, Charles Hollerith, a former theatrical producer and vice president of the Actors' Fund of America.

Her big screen credits included "The Best of Everything" in 1959 with Joan Crawford; "The Young Lions" in 1958 with Marlon Brando and "Peyton Place" with Lana Turner. "Peyton Place" became a long-running '60s television show.

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

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