Dorothy Malone was born Dorothy Eloise Maloney in Chicago, Illinois. The 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 a talent agent for RKO and was signed to a studio contract, making her film debut in 1943 in The Falcon and the Co-Eds.
Dorothy Malone's film career began in the mid 1940s, and in her early years she played small roles, mainly in B-movies. After a decade in films, she started to acquire a more glamorous image, particularly after her performance in Written on the Wind in 1956, for which she gain 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 TV role of Constance MacKenzie on Peyton Place from 1964 to 1968. Less active in her later years, Dorothy Malone returned to film in 1992 as the friend of Sharon Stone's character in Basic Instinct.
Dorothy Malone has been married and divorced three times and has two daughters, Mimi and Diane, from her first marriage to actor Jacques Bergerac. Her star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame is located at 1718 Vine. As of 2010, Malone is retired and living in Dallas, Texas.
Why is Dorothy Malone famous?
Dorothy Malone is an American actress.
Why do we like Dorothy Malone?
Dorothy 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.
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