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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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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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Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 87

Birthday 1925-01-30

Place of Birth Chicago - Illinois - USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2005 The Adventures of Errol Flynn as Diana Barrymore (archive footage)
1992 Basic Instinct as Hazel Dobkins
1987 Rest in Pieces as Aunt Catherine
1984 He's Not Your Son as Dr. Sullivan
1983 The Being as Marge Smith
1982 Matt Houston(1 episode)
1980 The Day Time Ended as Ana Williams
1979 Winter Kills as Emma Kegan
1979 Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff as Mildred
1978 Katie: Portrait of A Centerfold as Myrtle Cutler
1978 Flying High(1 episode)
1978 Vega$(1 episode)
1977 Golden Rendezvous as Mrs. Skinner
1977 Murder in Peyton Place as Constance MacKenzie
1977 The Hardy Boys / Nancy Drew Mysteries(1 episode)
1977 Little Ladies of the Night as Maggie
1977 The November Plan as Dawn Archer
1976 City of Angels(3 episodes)
1975 Ellery Queen(1 episode)
1975 The Man Who Would Not Die as Paula Stafford
1975 Abduction as Mrs. Prescott
1974 Police Woman(1 episode)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco(1 episode)
1969 The Pigeon as Elaine Hagen
1969 Carnal Circuit as Vanessa Brighton
1968 The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show(1 episode)
1967 Ironside(1 episode)
1964 Fate Is the Hunter as Lisa Bond (uncredited)
1964 Peyton Place(517 episodes) as Constance MacKenzie
1963 The Greatest Show on Earth(1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial(1 episode)
1963 Beach Party as Marianne
1961 Dr. Kildare(1 episode)
1961 The Last Sunset as Belle Breckenridge
1960 Route 66(2 episodes)
1960 Checkmate(1 episode) as Lorna Shay
1960 The Last Voyage as Laurie Henderson
1959 Warlock as Lily Dollar
1958 Too Much, Too Soon as Diana Barrymore
1957 The Tarnished Angels as LaVerne Shumann
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces as Cleva Creighton Chaney
1957 Quantez as Chaney
1957 Tip on a Dead Jockey as Phyllis Tredman
1956 Written on the Wind as Marylee Hadley
1956 Pillars of the Sky as Calla Gaxton
1956 Tension at Table Rock as Lorna Miller
1955 At Gunpoint as Bob Dennis
1955 Artists and Models as Abigail 'Abby' Parker
1955 Sincerely Yours as Linda Curtis
1955 Tall Man Riding as Corinna Ordway
1955 Five Guns West as Shalee
1955 The Fast and the Furious as Connie Adair
1955 Battle Cry as Mrs Elaine Yarborough
1954 Young at Heart as Fran Tuttle
1954 Private Hell 36 as Francey Farnham
1954 Security Risk as Donna Weeks
1954 Pushover as Ann Stewart
1954 The Lone Gun as Charlotte Downing
1954 Loophole as Ruthie Donovan
1953 Torpedo Alley as Susan Peabody
1953 Jack Slade as Virginia Maria Dale
1953 Letter to Loretta(1 episode)
1953 Law and Order as Jeannie
1953 Scared Stiff as Rosie
1953 The Academy Awards(3 episodes)
1953 General Electric Theater(3 episodes)
1952 Omnibus(1 episode)
1952 The Bushwhackers as Cathy Sharpe
1951 Saddle Legion as Dr. Ann F. Rollins
1950 Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone as Lola Gillway
1950 The Killer That Stalked New York as Alice Lorie
1950 Convicted as Kay Knowland
1950 The Nevadan as Karen Galt
1949 Colorado Territory as Julie Ann Winslow
1949 South of St. Louis as Deborah Miller
1949 Flaxy Martin as Nora Carson
1948 One Sunday Afternoon as Amy Lind
1948 To the Victor as Miriam
1948 Two Guys from Texas as Joan Winston
1946 The Big Sleep as Acme Bookstore Proprietress
1946 Night and Day as Nancy
1946 Janie Gets Married as Sgt. Spud Lee
1945 Frontier Days as Martha Mercer
1945 Too Young to Know as Mary
1944 One Mysterious Night as Eileen Daley (uncredited)
1944 Seven Days Ashore as Betty
1943 Gildersleeve on Broadway as Model

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