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Doreen Lang

Longtime actress Doreen Lang, known for her roles in several Alfred Hitchcock films, died April 21 in Malibu following a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 81.

Lang, a New Zealand native, studied drama in London before landing a role in Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit.” She performed with the Lunts on Broadway and on tour in “I Know My Love,” “Make Way for Lucia,” “Faithfully Yours’ (with Robert Cummings) and “Season in the Sun” (starring Walter Matthau).

Lang starred on live dramatic TV programs playing the title role in “The Story of Mary Surrat” for “Kraft Television Theatre” and appearing opposite Art Carney on “Studio One.”

Hitchcock brought her to Hollywood for her first film role in “The Wrong Man” with Henry Fonda in 1956. The following year she appeared in “North by Northwest” with Cary Grant.

Hitchcock’s “The Birds” was next, followed by an episode of TV’s “Hitchcock Presents,” in which she co-starred with Keenan Wynn. Additional features included “Wild in the Country” with Elvis Presley and “The Detective” with Frank Sinatra.

During the 1960s she appeared in the daytime drama “The Nurses” and co-starred in the feature film “Almost an Angel.” In her later years she frequently appeared as guest star on TV dramas.

Lang is survived by her husband, Arthur Franz, one daughter and three stepchildren.

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