April 23, 2019

Dorothy Malone

   Born in Chicago, Dorothy and her family moved to Dallas when she was six-months old. Tragedy struck Malone's family early on when two of her sisters died from complications from polio, so Dorothy decided quite early to make the most of her existence, and quickly settled on becoming a performer. She began modeling for Neiman Marcus as a teenager and after a brief stint at Southern Methodist University, where she majored in drama, she was offered a contract with RKO studios at the age of 18. She appeared in a number of films during her year with RKO, most notably Higher and Higher (1943), which also starred Frank Sinatra. After one year, however, RKO decided not to renew her contract.

   She signed a new contract with Warner Bros., and quickly raised her acting profile by appearing in films like Too Young to Know (1945) and Frontier Days (1945). Her first big break came when she appeared alongside Humphrey Bogart in the Howard Hawks' film The Big Sleep (1946). This role led to bigger parts in films like the musical comedy Two Guys from Texas (1948), which was her first lead role. She left Warner Bros. in the late 1940s to become a freelance film actor. She continued nabbing a multitude of roles throughout the 1950s, including Torpedo Alley (1952), Scared Stiff (1953), and The Fast and the Furious (1955), the latter of which was also the first film produced by the legendary producer Roger Corman.

   In 1956, Dorothy appeared in a supporting role alongside Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall in the Douglas Sirk melodrama Written on the Wind. The film earned her her first and only Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. She continued acting in films throughout the remainder of the 1950s and early 1960s, but in 1964 gained renewed attention for her role as Constance Mackenzie on the prime time soap opera Peyton Place (1964-69). Her role on Peyton Place ended in 1968 and Dorothy spent the next twenty-plus years of her acting career appearing in TV shows, made-for-TV movies, and little seen films. She appeared in only a handful of roles throughout the 1980s, with her last on-screen part being in Basic Instinct (1992). Dorothy spent the remaining years of her life in suburban Dallas, and died peacefully at a nursing facility on January 19, 2018 at the age of 93. Source 

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