Monday, January 30, 2012


Actress Dorothy Malone turns 87 years old today. Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago on January 30, 1925. Her 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 an RKO talent agent and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds. Much of her 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).
From 1964-1968, 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. In 1968, she was written out of the show after complaining that she was given little to do, especially in light of the show's concentration on the love story between young leads Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal. 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). Malone had a featured role in the miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976). 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 comment:

  1. Dorothy: God bless you! You were one of my favorite actresses growing up. Just wanted to say hi. I am Bob and I live in Boise. I will be 73 on July 25, 2015. I never married, but have a good lady friend in Phoenix now for 33 years. I got born-again by Jesus Christ when I was in the Army -- He is my life! I have sung for Him for 50 years. If you contact me and give me a way to reach you by regular mail, I could send you a gospel album of me, recorded in Hollywood in 1986. The title song: AMERICA, IT'S SURELY TIME TO PRAY! Yes, the world is fast approaching disaster: but Jesus will come back and stop it all. Let me hear from you personally, Dorothy. I am at