As a child, worked as a model and appeared regularly in school plays
At age 18 was spotted by a talent agent while performing in a college play at Southern Methodist University; put under contract by RKO
Film debut as Dorothy Maloney in "Falcon and the Co-Eds"
Joined Warner Bros. and changed billing to Dorothy Malone
Had first impact as brunette nymphomaniac who lets down her hair and entertains Humphrey Bogart one thundery afternoon in "The Big Sleep"
Worked on TV during its "Golden Era", acting in episodes of "Revlon Mirror Theater" and "The General Electric Theater" (both CBS)
Played one of three sisters (with Doris Day and Elizabeth Fraser) in "Young at Heart", starring Frank Sinatra
Undressed in an armchair for Raoul Walsh's "Battle Cry"
Won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar as Robert Stack's nymphomaniac sister in "Written on the Wind", directed by Douglas Sirk; also first film with Rock Hudson
Portrayed Lon Chaney's lackadaisical first wife in "Man of a Thousand Faces", starring James Cagney
Reunited with director Douglas Sirk and co-stars Rock Hudson and Robert Stack for "The Tarnished Angels"; portrayed Stack's promiscuous parachutist wife
Again cast as Stack's wife in the engrossing drama of a luxury ship going down at sea, "The Last Voyage"
Third movie with Hudson, Robert Aldrich's "The Last Sunset"
Had a regular role as an aerialist on the ABC series "The Greatest Show on Earth"
Top-billed as Constance Mackenzie in ABC primetime soap opera "Peyton Place"
Appeared in ABC's popular miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man"
Reprised Constance Mackenzie for NBC movie "Murder in Peyton Place"
Again played Constance Mackenzie in NBC movie "Peyton Place: The Next Generation"
Last feature film to date, "Basic Instinct"