Zanuck decided on a white star with box-office appeal.“Pinky” was widely praised by critics but encountered opposition in the South, especially because a white man in the film wants to marry Pinky despite knowing her heritage. The movie’s controversy enhanced Crain’s popularity. She recalled that her fan letters rose to 6,000 a week, and only 1 percent were critical.Paramedics on the film set of "Samantha's Child" were unable to revive him, Nelson said."He had just finished his final shots of the day and was going back to his dressing room," she said. He opted for a number of years to work on his own projects, directing and producing." Born Nov.More recently, she was in 1986's "Blue Velvet" and 1994's "Clear and Present Danger." Actor Don Murray, who was married to Lange for several years in the 1950s, said Lange combined good looks and acting prowess."She was considered a great beauty who was also a serious and dedicated actor who didn't pay attention to being glamorous," Murray said. (AP) - Hope Lange, who starred opposite Hollywood's top actors over a decades-long career and earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in the 1957 film "Peyton Place," has died, her husband said Sunday. Lange died Friday at Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica after suffering an infection caused by an intestinal inflammation known as ischemic colitis, said her husband, Charles Hollerith.
She appeared in 64 films and many television shows during her long career, playing opposite such stars as Frank Sinatra, Kirk Douglas and William Holden.“I grew up without knowing anything about prejudice; my mother saw to that,” Crain said in 1995.“If parents would keep prejudice and intolerance to themselves for one generation, we would have a different world.” Lena Horne and other black actresses sought the role, but Fox boss Darryl F.As Camera Girl of 1942 in Long Beach, she attracted the attention of 20th Century-Fox and was given a routine studio contract. She and Brinkman spent their time at two working ranches.That was soon discarded for better terms as her career rapidly ascended. In her 70s she still received regular bundles of mail from fans who had seen her films on TV or video.