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Posted: 12/22/2003 6:41:36 AM EDT

Actress Hope Lange, who starred opposite Hollywood's top actors over a decades-long career, has died at a Santa Monica, California hospital. She was 70.

Lange starred in dozens of films and television shows and captured two Emmy awards for her role in the television series "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir" in the late 1960s.

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. More recently, she was in 1986's "Blue Velvet" and 1994's "Clear and Present Danger."

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.

Lange split her time between homes in Los Angeles' Westwood section and New York City, said Hollerith, a former theatrical producer and vice president of the Actors' Fund of America.

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