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Dorothy Malone, Award Winner – MovieActors.com

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Malone in WRITTEN ON THE WIND.

Dorothy Malone: Best Supporting Actress 1956: MovieActors.com

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WRITTEN ON THE WIND (Drama)

Dorothy Malone won her Supporting Oscar for playing the spoiled rich girl sister of Robert Stack who was trying to land Rock Hudson.















About Dorothy Malone (1925 – )

Dorothy Eloise Maloney was born on January 30, 1925, in Chicago, Illinois. This American leading lady of the fifties and sixties grew up in a Roman Catholic family of five children in Dallas, Texas. An early heartbreak for Dorothy, her parents and the two other surviving children were the deaths of her two older sisters from polio.

As a child, Dorothy worked as a model. As a young girl, Dorothy starting acting in school plays throughout her school career. Besides acting, she excelled in horseback riding and swimming, becoming a great athlete.

Dorothy enrolled at Southern Methodist University, with the intention to become a nurse, perhaps influenced by what had happened with her two sisters. Dorothy continued to act in college plays for fun. She was spotted by RKO talent scout and signed a two year contract to be an actress for the company.

While this derailed Dorothy's education, this contract led her down the new path to some great performances in films, and TV work. Dorothy experienced some frustration and disappointment as well from the long spell of mediocre roles in films that she was offered, despite proving her ability to act. Dorothy did make a nice living from acting, though, and did get to act with a host of stars.

Dorothy's first film, a B movie, was THE FALCON AND THE COEDS, in 1943. After a string of Sinatra films, and an Eddy Cantor film, SHOW BUSINESS, her contract with RKO wasn't renewed.

Warner Brothers snapped her up quickly, and offered her a part in the classic picture, THE BIG SLEEP;(1946).Dorothy made the most of her small role, playing a seductive bookstore owner in Hollywood who helps Humphrey Bogart with some information about a crooked book dealer who has a blackmail racket.

In 1949, Warner Brothers didn't renew her contract, so Dorothy gave up for awhile and went home to Dallas, and got a day job; but she couldn't stay away for long. Dorothy moved to New York and studied acting. Dorothy managed to get work on TV, and started to free-lance roles in B movies as well.

In 1954, Malone dyed her hair blonde for the Warner Brother picture, YOUNG AT HEART; a Doris Day picture, and remained that way for the rest of her career.

By 1955, Dorothy was with Universal Pictures. In the next few years, she was in three westerns: AT GUNPOINT;(1955), TENSION AT TABLEROCK;(1956), and PILLARS IN THE SKY;(1956). Dorothy's horsback riding skills were an asset in westerns, as well as her beauty and acting ability.

When Dorothy won the Oscar for WRITTEN ON THE WIND;(1956), she dedicated the award to her late brother who was struck and killed by lightning while on a Dallas golf course.

Even after winning her academy award, roles offered her continued to be so-so, until Dorothy was cast with James Cagney, in A MAN WITH A THOUSAND FACES;(1957). Unfortunately, James Cagney overshadowed them all; perhaps because the director couldn't control him.

In 1959, during a slow period in her career, Dorothy married Ginger Rodgers' 4th ex-husband with issues, Jacques Bergerac, a French actor. They had two daughters, Mimi and Diane. This rocky marriage ended in 1964, and resulted in a big custody battle, that Dorothy eventually won.

Dorothy continued not to pick spouses well. Her 1969 marriage to Robert Tomarkin was annulled after only three months. Her last attempt at marriage was in 1971, to Mark Bell. It only lasted three years.

In 1965, while working on PEYTON PLACE, Dorothy Malone suffered a near-fatal illness which included a pulmonary embolism, blood clots in both lungs, an enlarged heart and pneumonia.

Upon fully recuperating, Malone returned to the show in 1964, after being temporarily replaced by Lola Albright. Steamed about the lack of lines, and acting time, Malone was quoted as saying, "I live much more drama and tragedy in my own life than I ever do on Peyton Place!" Eventually, Dorothy was written out of show in 1968, and sued the series' producers. They settled out of court.

On February 8th, 1960, Dorothy won a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; at 1716 Vine Street.

Dorothy retired to Dallas, Texas, in 1992, after 50 years in the film and television business.

Dorothy Malone's notable movie credits include...

THE FALCON AND THE COEDS (1943)
MYSTERIOUS NIGHT (1944)
SHOW BUSINESS (1944)
SEVEN DAYS ASHORE (1944)
TO THE VICTOR (1948)
TWO GUYS FROM TEXAS (1948)
romance on the high seas (1948)
THE NEVADAN (1950)
SADDLE LEGION (1951)
TORPEDO ALLEY (1952)
LAW AND ORDER (1953)
THE FAST AND FURIOUS (1955)
ARTISTS AND MODELS (1955)
BATTLE CRY (1955)
MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES (1957)
THE TARNISHED ANGELS (1957)
TOO MUCH TOO SOON (1958)
WARLOCK (1959)
THE LAST VOYAGE (1961)
THE LAST SUNSET (1961)
BEACH PARTY (1963)
WINTER KILLS (1979)
THE BEING (1983)
BASIC INSTINCT (1992)


Dorothy Malone's television credits include...

CHECKMATE (1960)
THE PIGEON (TV Movie) (1969)
RICH MAN POOR MAN (TV mini-series) (1963)
CONDOMINIUM (1980)
PEYTON PLACE (series, 1964-68)


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Dorothy Malone with Bogie in THE BIG SLEEP.

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Dorothy Malone in CHECKMATE (1960-1962).

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Dorothy Malone, with Rock Hudson, in WRITTEN ON THE WIND.