Crain was born in Barstow, Calif., and raised in Los Angeles, where her father became head of the English department at Inglewood High School.
She began winning leads in school plays at 14 and beauty contests at 15.
Murray said her looks even intimidated Marilyn Monroe, who wanted Lange's naturally blonde hair dyed light brown in their 1956 film "Bus Stop." "Marilyn complained about sharing the screen with another blonde," said Murray, who also starred in the movie.
"I guess she felt competition because Hope was a young beauty." Lange is survived by her husband, a son, actor Christopher Murray, a daughter, Patricia Murray, and two grandchildren.
In 1945, Crain married Paul Brinkman, an actor who later became a successful businessman. “They write as if the films were just being released,” she said wonderingly.