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Dorothy Malone

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.

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Jan 30, 1925 In Chicago - Illinois - USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Man Who Wouldn't Die 1942-04-27
Latest Project:
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn 2005-04-05
Known For
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn Diana Barrymore (archive footage) 2005-04-05
Movie Basic Instinct Hazel Dobkins 1992-03-20
Movie Rest in Pieces Aunt Catherine 1987-08-10
Movie The Being Marge Smith 1983-11-18
Movie The Day Time Ended Ana Williams 1980-11-01
Movie Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff Mildred 1979-04-13
Movie Winter Kills Emma Kegan 1979-05-11
Movie Katie: Portrait of A Centerfold Myrtle Cutler 1978-10-23
Movie The November Plan Dawn Archer 1977-01-01
Movie Little Ladies of the Night Maggie 1977-01-16
Movie Golden Rendezvous Mrs. Skinner 1977-12-25
Movie Murder in Peyton Place Constance MacKenzie 1977-10-03
Movie Abduction Mrs. Prescott 1975-05-05
Movie The Man Who Would Not Die Paula Stafford 1975-06-01
Movie Carnal Circuit Vanessa Brighton 1969-08-14
Movie The Pigeon Elaine Hagen 1969-11-04
Series Peyton Place Constance MacKenzie 1964-09-15
Movie Fate Is the Hunter Lisa Bond (uncredited) 1964-11-08
Movie Beach Party Marianne 1963-08-07
Movie The Last Sunset Belle Breckenridge 1961-06-06
Movie The Last Voyage Laurie Henderson 1960-02-19
Movie Warlock Lily Dollar 1959-06-10
Movie Too Much, Too Soon Diana Barrymore 1958-04-17
Movie Man of a Thousand Faces Cleva Creighton Chaney 1957-08-15
Movie Tip on a Dead Jockey Phyllis Tredman 1957-09-06
Movie Quantez Chaney 1957-09-06
Movie The Tarnished Angels LaVerne Shumann 1957-11-21
Movie Tension at Table Rock Lorna Miller 1956-10-03
Movie Written on the Wind Marylee Hadley 1956-10-04
Movie Pillars of the Sky Calla Gaxton 1956-10-12
Movie Five Guns West Shalee 1955-04-15
Movie Battle Cry Mrs Elaine Yarborough 1955-02-02
Movie The Fast and the Furious Connie Adair 1955-02-15
Movie Tall Man Riding Corinna Ordway 1955-06-18
Movie Sincerely Yours Linda Curtis 1955-11-05
Movie At Gunpoint Bob Dennis 1955-12-25
Movie Artists and Models Abigail 'Abby' Parker 1955-11-07
Movie Loophole Ruthie Donovan 1954-03-28
Movie Pushover Ann Stewart 1954-07-21
Movie The Lone Gun Charlotte Downing 1954-04-25
Movie Security Risk Donna Weeks 1954-08-08
Movie Young at Heart Fran Tuttle 1954-12-01
Movie Private Hell 36 Francey Farnham 1954-09-03
Movie Scared Stiff Rosie 1953-04-27
Movie Law and Order Jeannie 1953-05-13
Movie Jack Slade Virginia Maria Dale 1953-11-08
Movie Torpedo Alley Susan Peabody 1953-12-25
Movie The Bushwhackers Cathy Sharpe 1952-01-08
Movie Saddle Legion Dr. Ann F. Rollins 1951-04-07
Movie Convicted Kay Knowland 1950-08-01
Movie The Killer That Stalked New York Alice Lorie 1950-10-06
Movie Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone Lola Gillway 1950-12-08
Movie South of St. Louis Deborah Miller 1949-03-01
Movie Flaxy Martin Nora Carson 1949-02-15
Movie Colorado Territory Julie Ann Winslow 1949-06-11
Movie Two Guys from Texas Joan Winston 1948-08-27
Movie To the Victor Miriam 1948-10-26
Movie One Sunday Afternoon Amy Lind 1948-12-25
Movie Janie Gets Married Sgt. Spud Lee 1946-06-22
Movie The Big Sleep Acme Bookstore Proprietress 1946-08-23
Movie Frontier Days Martha Mercer 1945-12-08
Movie Too Young to Know Mary 1945-12-01
Movie Show Business Chorine 1944-05-10
Movie Seven Days Ashore Betty 1944-04-25
Movie One Mysterious Night Eileen Daley (Uncredited) 1944-10-21
Movie Hollywood Canteen Junior Hostess (uncredited) 1944-12-15
Movie The Man Who Wouldn't Die (uncredited) 1942-04-27
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