About the work as a model and actress on Broadway came Hope Lange for the film. At the successes in the cinema with first roles in Bus Stop on the side of Marilyn Monroe and in the drama Peyton Place, for which she received an Academy Award nomination, she could never quite match in their further career. From the late 1960s, she worked mainly for television.
Long married in 1956 to actor Don Murray, with whom she had two children; They were divorced in 1961. From 1963 to 1971, the director Alan J. Pakula was her husband.