Dorothy Malone

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Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone - Written on the Wind - Studio Publicity Photo.jpg
Studio publicity photo, 1956
BornDorothy Eloise Maloney
(1925-01-30) January 30, 1925 (age 89)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1943–1992
Spouse(s)Jacques Bergerac
(m.1959–1964; divorced)
Robert Tomarkin
(m.1969; divorced)
Charles Huston Bell
(m.1971–1974; divorced)
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This article is about the actress. For the cookbook writer, see Dorothy Malone (writer).
Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone - Written on the Wind - Studio Publicity Photo.jpg
Studio publicity photo, 1956
BornDorothy Eloise Maloney
(1925-01-30) January 30, 1925 (age 89)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active1943–1992
Spouse(s)Jacques Bergerac
(m.1959–1964; divorced)
Robert Tomarkin
(m.1969; divorced)
Charles Huston Bell
(m.1971–1974; divorced)

Dorothy Malone (born January 30, 1925) is an 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. 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's character in Basic Instinct.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago. Her 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 an RKO talent agent and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds.[1]

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, and the love interest of Dean Martin in the musical-comedy Artists and Models (1955).[1]


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, 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. 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), 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).[1]

Later career[edit]

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. From 1964-1968, 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 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).[2] 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 (1992) with Michael Douglas and Sharon Stone.[1][3]

Dallas producers approached Malone to step into the role of Miss Ellie Ewing when Barbara Bel Geddes vacated the role in 1984. She declined.[1]

Personal life[edit]

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 2011, Malone is retired and living in Dallas, Texas.[1] Malone was raised Catholic.


1943Gildersleeve on BroadwayModel(uncredited)
The Falcons and the Co-edsDorothy - Co-ed
Higher and HigherBridesmaid
1944Seven Days AshoreBetty - Pianist(uncredited)
Show BusinessChorine
Step LivelyTelephone operator
Youth Runs WildGirl in Booth
One Mysterious NightEileen Daley
Hollywood CanteenJunior Hostess
1945Too Young to KnowMary
1946Janie Gets MarriedSgt. Spud Lee
Night and DayNancy
The Big SleepAcme Book Shop Proprietress
1948To the VictorMiriam
Two Guys from TexasJoan Winston
One Sunday AfternoonAmy Lind
1949Flaxy MartinNora Carson
South of St. LouisDeborah Miller
Colorado TerritoryJulie Ann Winslow
1950The NevadanKaren Galt
ConvictedKay Knowland
The Killer That Stalked New YorkAlice Lorie
Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. MaloneLola Gillway
1951Saddle LegionDr. Ann F. Rollins
The BushwackersCathy Sharpe
1952Torpedo AlleyLt. Susan Peabody
1953Scared StiffRosie
Law & OrderJeannie
Jack SladeVirginia Maria Dale
OmnibusElizabethepisode: The Horn Blows at Midnight
Four Star PlayhouseMarie Robertsepisode: Moorings
1954Young at HeartFran Tuttle
LoopholeRuthie Donovan
The Lone GunCharlotte Downing
PushoverAnn Stewart
Private Hell 36Francey Farnham
Security RiskDonna Weeks
Four Star PlayhouseEllaepisode: A Study in Panic
1955Battle CryMrs. Elaine Yurborough (USO Manager in San Diego)
The Fast and the FuriousConnie Adair
Five Guns WestShalee
Tall Man RidingCorinna Ordway
Sincerely YoursLinda Curtis
Artists and ModelsAbigail 'Abby' Parker
At GunpointMartha Wright
Fireside TheaterMarion Carneyepisode: Mr. Onion
Lux Video TheatreIntermission Guestepisode: The Hunted
G.E. True TheaterEva Balto Kellyepisode: The Clown
1956Tension at Table RockLorna Miller
Pillars of the SkyCalla Gaxton
Written on the WindMarylee HadleyAcademy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated-Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
The Loretta Young ShowMay Hadleyepisode: A Ticket for May
Man of a Thousand FacesCleva Creighton Chaney
Tip on a Dead JockeyPhyllis Tredman
The Tarnished AngelsLaVerne Shumann
1958Too Much, Too SoonDiana Barrymore
Cimarron CityNora Arkinsepisode: A Respectable Girl
1959WarlockLily Dollar
1960The Last VoyageLaurie Henderson
Alcoa TheatreAnn St. Martinepisode: The Last Flight Out
1961The Last SunsetBelle Breckenridge
Route 66Christina Summersepisode: Fly Away Home
CheckmateLorna Shayepisode: The Heat of Passion
The Dick Powell ShowElena Shayepisode: Open Season
G.E. True TheaterEllen Rogersepisode: A Little White Lye
1962Dr. KildareRena Ladovanepisode: The Administrator
The UntouchablesKitty Edmondsepisode: The Floyd Gibbons Story
G.E. True TheaterRuth Hammondepisode: Somebody Please Help Me!
1963Beach PartyMarianne
1964The Greatest Show on EarthJeannie Gilbertepisode: Where the Wire Ends
Fate Is the HunterLisa Bond(uncredited)
Arrest and TrialLois Janewayepisode: Modus Operandi
1964-1968Peyton PlaceConstance 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 for Best TV Star - Female (1965-1966)
1967InsightEdith Steinepisode: The Edith Stein Story
1969Carnal CircuitVanessa Brighton
The PigeonElaine Hagen(TV movie)
1972The Bold Ones: The New DoctorsRuth McLayneepisode: Is This Operation Necessary?
1973IronsideAgatha Mottepisode: Confessions: From a Lady of the Night
1975The Man Who Would Not DiePaula Stafford
Abduction (1975 film)Mrs. Prescott
1976Ellery QueenCarol Franklinepisode: The Adventure of the Electric Engineer
Rich Man, Poor ManIrene Goodwinepisode: Part VII: Chapters 10
episode: Part VIII: Chapters 11 and 12
The Streets of San FranciscoJulia Desmondepisode: Child of Anger
1977Golden RendezvousMrs. Skinner
Little Ladies of the NightMaggie(TV movie)
The November PlanDawn Archer(TV movie)
Murder in Peyton PlaceConstance MacKenzie(TV movie)
1978The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew MysteriesMrs. Blainepisode: The House on Possessed Hill
High HopesMrs. Herzog
Vega$Mrs. Gardnerepisode: Love, Laugh, and Die
Flying HighJaneepisode: A Hairy Yak Plays Musical Chairs Eagerly
Katie: Portrait of a CentrefoldMyrte Cutler(TV movie)
1979The Day Time EndedAna Williams
Good Luck, Miss WyckoffMildred
Winter KillsEmma Kegan
The Greatest Heroes of the BibleNagarepisode: Sodom and Gomorrah
1980The Littlest HoboElenaepisode: Guardian Angle
CondominiumMolly Denniver(TV movie)
1982Off Your RockerShelley Delaine
1983The BeingMarge Smith
1984He's Not Your SonDr. Sullivan(TV movie)
1985Peyton Place: The Next GenerationConstance Carson
1987Rest in PiecesCatherine Boyle
1992Basic InstinctHazel Dobkins


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Dorothy Malone". Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dorothy Malone glad to be back in Peyton Place role". Midland Reporter Telegram. September 25, 1977. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Dorothy Malone is settled, happy". The Evening Independent. May 29, 1981. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 

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