The Info List - Dorothy Malone

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DOROTHY MALONE (born DOROTHY MALONEY; January 30, 1925) is a retired American actress. Her film career began in 1943, 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
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 as Constance MacKenzie on Peyton Place from 1964 to 1968. Less active in her later years, Malone returned to films in 1992 as the friend of Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
's character in Basic Instinct
Basic Instinct

She is one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood .


* 1 Early life and career * 2 Transformation * 3 Later career * 4 Personal life * 5 Recognition * 6 Filmography * 7 References * 8 External links


Malone was born Dorothy Maloney on January 30, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois . When she was a child, her family moved to Dallas, Texas
Dallas, Texas
, where she attended high school and Southern Methodist University
Southern Methodist University
. While performing in a play there she was spotted by a talent scout who had been looking to find and cast a male actor. Malone recalled in 1981,

I was minoring in drama because I always seemed to be in the plays produced in high school and college. ... I did some scenes with this boy the agent had found and pictures of the scenes were taken of the boy and also of me. A few weeks later a 13-week contract arrived by mail with a six-year option.

Signed on to the studio RKO at age 18, she made her film debut in 1943's Gildersleeve on Broadway . She was credited as Dorothy Maloney in The Falcon and the Co-eds , released shortly thereafter.

Much of Malone's early career was spent in supporting roles in B-movies, many of them Westerns , although on occasion she played small but memorable roles, such as the brainy, lusty, bespectacled bookstore clerk in The Big Sleep (1946) with Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
, and the love interest of Dean Martin
Dean Martin
in the musical-comedy Artists and Models (1955).


Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone
in Written on the Wind , 1956

By 1956, Malone transformed herself into a platinum blonde and shed her "good girl" image when she co-starred with Rock Hudson
Rock Hudson
, Lauren Bacall , and Robert Stack in director Douglas Sirk 's drama 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
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
. As a result, she was offered more substantial roles in such films as Too Much, Too Soon , where she portrayed Diana Barrymore , Man of a Thousand Faces (with James Cagney
James Cagney
), and Warlock (with Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda
and Richard Widmark
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).


On New Years Day 1956, she appeared with John Ericson in the episode "Mutiny" of CBS 's Appointment with Adventure . She guest-starred on NBC 's 1958–1959 western series, Cimarron City . Dorothy Malone in Peyton Place

During the 1963–1964 season, Malone guest starred on ABC 's circus drama The Greatest Show on Earth , starring Jack Palance
Jack Palance
. From 1964 to 1968, she played the lead role of Constance MacKenzie on the ABC prime time serial Peyton Place except for a brief stretch where she was absent due to surgery. Lola Albright
Lola Albright
filled in until her return. In 1968, she was written out of the show after complaining that she was given little to do. Malone sued 20th Century-Fox for $1.6 million for breach of contract; it was settled out of court. She would later return to the role in the TV movies Murder in Peyton Place (1977) and Peyton Place: The Next Generation (1985). Malone had a featured role in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976).

In her last screen appearance, she played a mother convicted of murdering her family in Basic Instinct
Basic Instinct
(1992) with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone

Dallas producers approached Malone to step into the role of Miss Ellie Ewing when Barbara Bel Geddes vacated the role in 1984. She declined.


Malone married actor Jacques Bergerac
Jacques Bergerac
in June 1959 in Hong Kong, where she was on location for her 1960 film The Last Voyage. They had daughters Mimi and Diane and divorced in December 1964. Circa 1971, Malone and her daughters moved from Southern California to suburban Dallas, Texas, where she had been raised.


Malone has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
at 1718 Vine in the Motion Pictures section. It was dedicated February 8, 1960.



1943 Gildersleeve on Broadway Model (uncredited)

1943 The Falcon and the Co-eds Dorothy Co-ed as Dorothy Maloney

1943 Higher and Higher Bridesmaid (uncredited)

1944 Seven Days Ashore Betty - Pianist (uncredited)

1944 Show Business Chorine (uncredited)

1944 Step Lively Telephone operator (uncredited)

1944 Youth Runs Wild Girl in Booth (uncredited)

1944 One Mysterious Night Eileen Daley (uncredited)

1944 Hollywood Canteen Junior Hostess (uncredited)

1945 Too Young to Know Mary

1946 Janie Gets Married Sgt. Spud Lee

1946 Night and Day Nancy

1946 The Big Sleep Acme Book Shop Proprietress

1948 To the Victor Miriam

1948 Two Guys from Texas Joan Winston

1948 One Sunday Afternoon Amy Lind

1949 Flaxy Martin Nora Carson

1949 South of St. Louis Deborah Miller

1949 Colorado Territory Julie Ann Winslow

1950 The Nevadan Karen Galt

1950 Convicted Kay Knowland

1950 The Killer That Stalked New York Alice Lorie

1950 Mrs. O\'Malley and Mr. Malone Lola Gillway

1951 Saddle Legion Dr. Ann F. Rollins

1951 The Bushwackers Cathy Sharpe

1952 Torpedo Alley Lt. Susan Peabody

1953 Scared Stiff Rosie

1953 Law ">

1956 The Loretta Young Show May Hadley Episode: "A Ticket for May"

1957 Quantez

1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Cleva Creighton Chaney

1957 Tip on a Dead Jockey Phyllis Tredman

1957 The Tarnished Angels
The Tarnished Angels
LaVerne Shumann

1958 Too Much, Too Soon Diana Barrymore

1958 Cimarron City Nora Arkins Episode: "A Respectable Girl"

1959 Warlock Lily Dollar

1960 The Last Voyage Laurie Henderson

1960 Alcoa Theatre Ann St. Martin Episode: "The Last Flight Out"

1961 The Last Sunset Belle Breckenridge

1961 Route 66 Christina Summers Episode: "Fly Away Home"

1961 Checkmate Lorna Shay Episode: "The Heat of Passion"

1961 The Dick Powell Show Elena Shay Episode: "Open Season"

1961 G.E. True Theater Ellen Rogers Episode: "A Little White Lye"

1962 Dr. Kildare
Dr. Kildare
Rena Ladovan Episode: "The Administrator"

1962 The Untouchables Kitty Edmonds Episode: "The Floyd Gibbons Story"

1962 G.E. True Theater Ruth Hammond Episode: "Somebody Please Help

1963 Beach Party Marianne

1964 The Greatest Show on Earth Jeannie Gilbert Episode: "Where the Wire Ends"

1964 Fate Is the Hunter Lisa Bond (uncredited)

1964 Arrest and Trial Lois Janeway Episode: "Modus Operandi"

1964-1968 Peyton Place Constance Mackenzie Constance Mackenzie Carson 342 episodes Golden Apple Award for Most Cooperative Actress (1965) Photoplay Award for Most Popular Female Star (1965) Nominated — Golden Globe Award
Golden Globe Award
for Best TV Star - Female (1965-1966)

1967 Insight Edith Stein Episode: "The Edith Stein Story"

1969 Carnal Circuit Vanessa Brighton

1969 The Pigeon Elaine Hagen (TV movie)

1972 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Ruth McLayne Episode: "Is This Operation Necessary?"

1973 Ironside Agatha Mott Episode: "Confessions: From a Lady of the Night"

1975 The Man Who Would Not Die Paula Stafford

1975 Abduction Mrs. Prescott

1976 Ellery Queen Carol Franklin Episode: "The Adventure of the Electric Engineer"

1976 Rich Man, Poor Man Irene Goodwin Episode: "Part VII: Chapters 10" Episode: "Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12"

1976 The Streets of San Francisco Julia Desmond Episode: "Child of Anger"

1977 Golden Rendezvous Mrs. Skinner

1977 Little Ladies of the Night Maggie (TV movie)

1977 The November Plan Dawn Archer (TV movie)

1977 Murder in Peyton Place Constance MacKenzie (TV movie)

1978 The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Mrs. Blain Episode: "The House on Possessed Hill"

1978 High Hopes Mrs. Herzog

1978 Vega$ Mrs. Gardner Episode: "Love, Laugh, and Die"

1978 Flying High Jane Episode: "A Hairy Yak Plays Musical Chairs Eagerly"

1978 Katie: Portrait of a Centrefold Myrte Cutler (TV movie)

1979 The Day Time Ended Ana Williams

1979 Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff Mildred

1979 Winter Kills Emma Kegan

1979 The Greatest Heroes of the Bible Nagar Episode: "Sodom and Gomorrah"

1980 The Littlest Hobo
The Littlest Hobo
Elena Episode: "Guardian Angle"

1980 Condominium Molly Denniver (TV miniseries)

1982 Off Your Rocker Shelley Delaine

1983 The Being Marge Smith

1984 He's Not Your Son Dr. Sullivan (TV movie)

1985 Peyton Place: The Next Generation Constance Carson

1987 Rest in Pieces Catherine Boyle

1992 Basic Instinct
Basic Instinct
Hazel Dobkins


* ^ A B C D E F " Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone
Biography (1925-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved June 19, 2017. * ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (2004). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 277. ISBN 978-0415939485 . * ^ Liebenson, Donald (May 23, 2009). " Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone
recalls her days in \'Peyton Place\'". Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. * ^ A B C D Geissler, Hazel (May 29, 1981). " Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone
is settled, happy". Evening Independent
Evening Independent
. St. Petersburg, Florida. Retrieved May 17, 2014. * ^ A B "Dorothy Malone". Turner Classic Movies
Turner Classic Movies
. Retrieved June 19, 2017. Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone
made her film debut in "The Falcon and the Co-Ed" under her real last name Maloney. * ^ Miller, Frank. "Articles: Gildersleeve on Broadway". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on April 1, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2017. The film also marks the screen debut of Lawrence Tierney as a taxi driver and features Barbara Hale and Dorothy Malone in early bit parts * ^ King, Susan (June 28, 2010). "Hollywood Star Walk: Dorothy Malone". Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
. Retrieved June 19, 2017. RKO Pictures signed the then-brunette Maloney at 18, and she made her film debut in 1943's Gildersleeve on Broadway and The Falcon and the Co-Eds. She signed with Warner Bros. in 1945 (and by that time was officially known as Dorothy Malone) and made a splash in a small but juicy supporting role as a flirtatious book seller opposite Humphrey Bogart in 1946's The Big Sleep. * ^ "The 29TH Academy Awards: 1957". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences . Archived from the original on June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. * ^ " Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone
glad to be back in Peyton Place