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|Also Known As:||Dorothy Maloney,Dorothy Eloise Maloney,Dorothy Maloney||Died:|
|Born:||January 30, 1925||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Chicago, Illinois, USA||Profession:||Cast ... actor model|
Signed out of Southern Methodist University at age 18 by RKO, brunette (later blonde) leading lady Dorothy Malone made her film debut in "The Falcon and the Co-Ed" under her real last name Maloney. When she moved to Warner Bros. in 1945, she dropped the "y" and soon made her first impact as a nymphomaniac entertaining Humphrey Bogart one thundery afternoon in "The Big Sleep" (1946). Early in her career, her roles consisted mainly of standard pretty girl leads, but it was as a fine dramatic actress that she made her mark, gaining acclaim in the 1950s for her strong, sensual portrayals of experienced, world-weary, sometimes neurotic women, notably in Douglas Sirk's "Written on the Wind" (1956), for which she won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress, and "Tarnished Angels" (1957). Malone also turned in a top-notch performance as a woman trapped by falling debris in "The Last Voyage" (1960), playing almost the entire movie with only her nose and occasionally her mouth above sea level.
A veteran of TV's "Golden Age," appearing in episodes of "The General Electric Theater" and "Revlon Mirror Theater" (both CBS), Malone did few films in the 60s, working instead as an aerialist in the series "The Greatest Show on Earth" (ABC, 1962-63) and then starring in the primetime serial "Peyton Place" (ABC, 1964-69) as Constance Mackenzie, a role she would reprise in two NBC movies, "Murder at Peyton Place" (1977) and "Peyton Place: The Next Generation" (1985). By the 70s, the good feature parts were going elsewhere, but she shouldered on, eventually acting in the sci-fi flicks "The Day Time Ended" (1980) and "The Being" (1983) before taking a hiatus of nearly a decade. Malone returned briefly in the deliciously understated part of a murderous lesbian in "Basic Instinct" (1992), her last screen portrayal to date.
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