Dorothy Malone

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Dorothy Malone
Dorothy Malone - Written on the Wind - Studio Publicity Photo.jpg
Studio publicity photo, 1956
Born Dorothy Maloney
(1925-01-30) January 30, 1925 (age 92)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1943–1992
Spouse(s) Jacques Bergerac
(m. 1959–1964; divorced)
Robert Tomarkin
(divorced)
Charles Huston Bell
(divorced)
Children 2

Dorothy Malone (born Dorothy Maloney; January 30, 1925)[1][2] 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. 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.

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

Early life[edit]

Malone was born Dorothy Maloney on January 30, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois.[1] When she was a child, her family moved to Dallas, Texas,[3] where she attended high school and Southern Methodist University.[4] 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 [studio] contract arrived by mail with a six-year option.[4]

Career[edit]

Signed on to the studio RKO at age 18,[5] she made her film debut in 1943's Gildersleeve on Broadway,[6][7] she was credited as Dorothy Maloney in The Falcon and the Co-eds, released shortly thereafter.[5] She later recalled, "I was a bridesmaid at a wedding in one picture; in another film, I was the leader of an all-girl orchestra. The only thing I did at RKO of any note was lose my Texas accent."[8] After RKO did not renew its contract with her, she signed a three-year with Warner Bros, the studio, she said in 1985, changed her surname "from Maloney to Malone. They placed my picture in the newspaper and they gave me a raise."[8]

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] After To the Victor (1946) Malone played the female lead in Two Guys from Texas (1948) which, in her words, established her onscreen persona as "the all-American girl watching the all-American boy do all sorts of things."[9].

Among her other films during this time, she had supporting roles in Columbia Pictures' Convicted (1950) and The Killer That Stalked New York (1950). She made Mrs. O'Malley and Mr. Malone (1951) at MGM and played Tim Holt's love interest in RKO's Saddle Legion (1951).[10]

She then began acting on television while continuing to appear in films.[9] Malone relocated to New York City for several months to study acting until producer Hal Wallis called her back to appear in Scared Stiff (1953) starring the comedy duo of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.[11]

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.[12] 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 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 filled in until her return. Malone agreed for $3,000 a week less than ABC's offer of $10,000 weekly, if she could be home nightly for 6 p.m. dinner with her two daughters and no shooting on weekends. "I never turned down a mother role," said Malone. "I like playing mothers. I started out as a very young girl in Hollywood doing westerns, portraying a mother with a couple of kids." [8] 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).[13] Malone had a featured role in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976), she was in the Canadian soap opera High Hopes (1978) and had support parts in the series Good Luck, Miss Wyckoff (1979) and The Day Time Ended (1980), and the miniseries Condominium (1980). The producers of Dallas approached her to step into the role of Miss Ellie Ewing when Barbara Bel Geddes vacated the part in 1984, but Malone declined.[1]

In 1981, Malone made her stage debut in Butterflies Are Free in Winnipeg,[14] she was suffering financial troubles at the time due to two expensive divorces and a life-threatening pulmonary embolism.[15]

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][4]

Personal life[edit]

Malone married actor 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.[16] She then successively married and divorced Robert Tomarkin and Charles Huston Bell.[17] Circa 1971, Malone and her daughters moved from Southern California to suburban Dallas, Texas, where she had been raised.[4]

Recognition[edit]

Malone has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1718 Vine in the Motion Pictures section, it was dedicated February 8, 1960.[18]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1943 Gildersleeve on Broadway Model (uncredited)[citation needed]
1943 The Falcon and the Co-eds Dorothy Co-ed as Dorothy Maloney
1943 Higher and Higher Bridesmaid (uncredited)[citation needed]
1944 Seven Days Ashore Betty - Pianist (uncredited)[citation needed]
1944 Show Business Chorine (uncredited)[citation needed]
1944 Step Lively Telephone operator (uncredited)[citation needed]
1944 Youth Runs Wild Girl in Booth (uncredited)[citation needed]
1944 One Mysterious Night Eileen Daley (uncredited)[citation needed]
1944 Hollywood Canteen Junior Hostess (uncredited)[citation needed]
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 & Order Jeannie
1953 Jack Slade Virginia Maria Dale
1953 Omnibus Elizabeth Episode: "The Horn Blows at Midnight"
1953 Four Star Playhouse Marie Roberts Episode: "Moorings"
1954 Young at Heart Fran Tuttle
1954 Loophole Ruthie Donovan
1954 The Lone Gun Charlotte Downing
1954 Pushover Ann Stewart
1954 Private Hell 36 Francey Farnham
1954 Security Risk Donna Weeks
1954 Four Star Playhouse Ella Episode: "A Study in Panic"
1955 Battle Cry Mrs. Elaine Yurborough (USO Manager in San Diego)
1955 The Fast and the Furious Connie Adair
1955 Five Guns West Shalee
1955 Tall Man Riding Corinna Ordway
1955 Sincerely Yours Linda Curtis
1955 Artists and Models Abigail 'Abby' Parker
1955 At Gunpoint Martha Wright
1955 Fireside Theater Marion Carney Episode: Mr. Onion
1955 Lux Video Theatre Intermission Guest Episode: "The Hunted"
1955 G.E. True Theater Eva Balto Kelly Episode: "The Clown"
1956 Tension at Table Rock Lorna Miller
1956 Pillars of the Sky Calla Gaxton
1956 Written on the Wind Marylee Hadley Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture[citation needed]
1956 The Loretta Young Show May Hadley Episode: "A Ticket for May"
1957 Quantez Chaney
1957 Man of a Thousand Faces Cleva Creighton Chaney
1957 Tip on a Dead Jockey Phyllis Tredman
1957 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 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 Me!"
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)[citation needed]
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 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 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 Descanse en Piezas / Rest in Pieces (UK/Spain)[19]
1992 Basic Instinct Hazel Dobkins

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Dorothy Malone Biography (1925-)". FilmReference.com. Archived from the original on June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  2. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (2004). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 277. ISBN 978-0415939485. 
  3. ^ Liebenson, Donald (May 23, 2009). "Dorothy Malone recalls her days in 'Peyton Place'". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c d Geissler, Hazel (May 29, 1981). "Dorothy Malone is settled, happy". Evening Independent. St. Petersburg, Florida. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Dorothy Malone". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved June 19, 2017. Dorothy Malone made her film debut [sic] in "The Falcon and the Co-Ed" [sic] under her real last name Maloney. 
  6. ^ 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 
  7. ^ King, Susan (June 28, 2010). "Hollywood Star Walk: Dorothy Malone". 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. 
  8. ^ a b c Peary, Gerald (April 5, 1985). "No Place Like Peyton for Dorothy Malone". The Globe and Mail. Canada.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ a b Hopper, Hedda (March 20, 1955). "Dorothy's Back!". Chicago Daily Tribune.  (subscription required)
  10. ^ Brady, Thomas F. (July 13, 1950). "Fox Will Remake 'Berkeley Square'". The New York Times. p. 31. Dorothy Malone, former Warner contract player, has been engaged by R.K.O. for the feminine lead opposite Tim Holt in 'Saddle Legion.'  (subscription required)
  11. ^ Scott, J. L. (September 21, 1952). "Whims, Sudden Urges Spur Dorothy Malone". Los Angeles Times.  (subscription required)
  12. ^ "The 29th Academy Awards: 1957". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Dorothy Malone glad to be back in Peyton Place role". Midland Reporter-Telegram. Midland, Texas. September 25, 1977. Retrieved May 17, 2014.  (subscription required)
  14. ^ "Movie Veteran Dorothy Malone Returns to Stage After 20 Years". The Globe and Mail. Canada. February 24, 1981. p. 21. 
  15. ^ "Five Former Co-Stars Rate Reagan as a Leading — and Sometimes Misleading — Man". People. August 10, 1981. Archived from the original on August 6, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  16. ^ Barnes, Mike (June 25, 2014). "French Actor Jacques Bergerac Dies at 87". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 21, 2016. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  17. ^ Coleman, Philip; Byrne, (James; King, Jason, eds. (2008). Ireland and the Americas: Culture, Politics, and History. 2. ABC-CLIO. p. 546. ISBN 978-1851096145. 
  18. ^ "Dorothy Malone". Hollywood Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on June 22, 2017. Retrieved 22 June 2017. 
  19. ^ Stine, Scott Aaron (2003). The Gorehound's Guide to Splatter Films of the 1980s. McFarland & Co. p. 104. ISBN 978-0786415328. 

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