Monday, December 22, 2003

A Classy Lady

From the NY Times

Hope Lange, Versatile Actress and Emmy Winner, Dies at 70

Hope Lange, a film, television and stage actress noted for a natural comedic style and intelligent portrayals of women in difficult circumstances, work that brought her two Emmy Awards and an Academy Award nomination, died at a hospital in Santa Monica, Calif., on Friday. She was 70 and lived in Los Angeles.

When I lived in Petoskey, Michigan, she spent summers near there. I shared a common background with her husband, producer Chuck Hollerith, in that we had at separate times worked for Ruth Bailey, who started the Cherry County Playhouse in Traverse City. Hope was a warm and gentle friend and I extend my sympathies to her family.