Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Hope Lange in the film 'Peyton Place'

Classic actress Hope Lange photo
Hope Lange in Peyton Place, originally uploaded by oscarnow2009.

Hope Lange (1933-2003), the American stage, film and television actress of years began working in television in the 1950s with appearances on Kraft Television Theatre, which drew the attention of a Hollywood producer. She came to prominence with her first film “Bus Stop” along with Marilyn Monroe and Don Murray, whom she married on April 14, 1956.

Hope Lange received favorable reviews for her role in the Bus Stop and she could sign up a major role in the then-risqué 1957 film Peyton Place, for which she received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award and another for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Peyton Place was the second-highest grossing film of 1958, despite poor initial box office receipts. But a real-life tragedy boosted its fortunes. On April 4, 1958, actress Lana Turner's daughter Cheryl killed her mother's abusive lover and mobster Johnny Stompanato, and she was placed in the juvenile prison. The press coverage of investigations boosted the ticket sales helping the film gross $25,600,000 in USA. A coroner's inquest ruled the murder justifiable homicide, and the district attorney chose not to charge Cheryl with the crime, although he declared her a ward of the state and placed her in the custody of her grandmother.

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