Dorothy Malone

Age: 89
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Dorothy Malone (born January 30, 1925) is an American actress.

Malone's film career began in the mid 1940s, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a decade in films, she began to acquire a more glamorous image, particularly after her performance in Written on the Wind (1956), for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Her film career reached its peak by the beginning of the 1960s, and she achieved later success with her television role of Constance MacKenzie on Peyton Place from 1964 to 1968. Less active in her later years, Malone returned to film in 1992 as the friend of Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct.

Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago, Illinois. The family moved to Dallas, Texas, where she worked as a child model and began acting in school plays at Ursuline Convent and Highland Park High School. While performing at Southern Methodist University, she was spotted by a talent agent for RKO and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds.
Much of Malone's early career was spent in supporting roles in B-movies, many of them Westerns, although on occasion she had the opportunity to play small but memorable roles, such as that of a brainy, lusty, bespectacled bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep (1946) with Humphrey Bogart, and the love interest of Dean Martin in the musical-comedy Artists and Models (1955).

By 1956, Malone had transformed herself into a platinum blonde and shed her good girl-image when she co-starred with Rock Hudson, Lauren Bacall, and Robert Stack in director Douglas Sirk's melodrama Written on the Wind. Her portrayal of the dipso-nymphomaniac daughter of a Texas oil baron won her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. As a result, she was offered more substantial roles in Too Much, Too Soon, where she portrayed Diana Barrymore, Man of a Thousand Faces (with James Cagney), and Warlock (with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark). Additional screen credits include The Tarnished Angels (in which she reunited with former co-stars Hudson and Stack and director Sirk), The Last Voyage (with Stack) and The Last Sunset (with Hudson).

In the 1963-1964 season, Malone guest starred on Jack Palance's ABC circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth. Thereafter, she became a household name when she accepted the lead role of Constance MacKenzie on the ABC prime time serial Peyton Place, on which she starred from 1964 through to 1968. (There was, however, a brief stretch where she was absent because of surgery, and the announcement was made on the air that Lola Albright was filling in until the return of Dorothy Malone. Dorothy Malone's character could not be written off the show then.) She had a featured role in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). Her last screen appearance came as a mother convicted of murdering her family in Basic Instinct (1992), appearing with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.

Malone has been married and divorced three times and has two daughters, Mimi and Diane, from her first marriage to actor Jacques Bergerac. Her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 1718 Vine. As of 2009, Malone is retired and living in Dallas, Texas.

Movie Character Year
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Uteylt6zs4mc6utoqmydqaqfup6 The Nevadan Karen Galt 1950
4gbt3rdkioo3uabf3j8zhdzefww Scared Stiff Rosie 1953
8ehcglxs4e3heetmsswy6fzcdfr Law and Order Jeannie 1953
Agqf7p24yxollncmroh8uk3l5gl Artists and Models bigail 'Abby' Parker 1955
9zk73szvqa64wehtcuxd5azlyq1 Battle Cry Mrs Elaine Yarborough 1955
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9rcaijb6fbnfeoa6rauxgoqykjx Tall Man Riding Corinna Ordway 1955
Pfdjmv6fsvvs1878k4xxkuei6sc At Gunpoint Bob Dennis 1955
J8k60n0fimeyfggp8iwzjprjeac Tension at Table Rock Lorna Miller 1956
Knkydfxp2kjgrrgyjmujg37x3tw Pillars of the Sky Calla Gaxton 1956
Iyuzkjcma0xpb7ig8ucotum9rly Quantez Chaney 1957
8pnv8w1pds6wr54rvifxqrz2mrc Man of a Thousand Faces Cleva Creighton Chaney 1957
Cxdzlmco4xnv8tz1vdculxssunk The Tarnished Angels LaVerne Shumann 1958
Ipihay37ybi7deyofjnp1nxdtxd Warlock Lily Dollar 1959
V6jyduuvxxrbduzczykdyrf9llv The Last Voyage Laurie Henderson 1960
Bwdo6y3sxdtkdmggdgrzeaz9nmo Beach Party Marianne 1963
I1bcowvxk6fl9ajwoumaraexk05 The Insatiables Vanessa Brighton 1969
Iupf7fs5t52k0efe6vufdjvc6lg Winter Kills Emma Kegan 1979
1avydoabws8kjxf8cmoaoecgscz The Day Time Ended Ana Williams 1980
P1dhoflfzmm567epkffnmv4my92 Basic Instinct Hazel Dobkins 1992