Malone, Dorothy

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Malone, Dorothy Gender: F
Mary Dorothy Eloise Maloney
born on 29 January 1924 at 08:00 (= 08:00 AM )
Place Chicago, Illinois, 41n51, 87w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Wilsons
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 08°25' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 12°51 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 25°47'

Dorothy Malone (Studio publicity photo, 1956)


American actress who played bit parts from 1943, moving into major leads by the mid-'50s, capturing the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for "Written on the Wind" in 1954. She was also featured in the "Peyton Place" TV series for four years during the ‘60s. She left Hollywood to go into real estate, though she appeared most recently in the Michael Douglas/Sharon Stone movie, "Basic Instinct."

She was the oldest of three children, including a brother, Robert, who is a Dallas lawyer, and another brother, Will, who died in 1955 at the age of 16 when struck by lightning. Her father was an auditor for AT&T, and the family moved to Dallas when Dorothy was six months old. She attended public school there, as well as the Ursuline Convent, Highland Park High School and the Hockaday School for Girls. She was president of her high school class, and was ROTC Queen as well as captain of the girls’ basketball team. She was also an expert diver. She studied dancing as a child, and while in school modeled for Neiman-Marcus. She appeared in many school plays, receiving awards for her work, and had a scholarship to Southern Methodist University where she majored in both drama and languages.

Spotted by an RKO talent scout, Dorothy was screen-tested in Dallas, then went to Hollywood with her mother, where RKO signed her to a term contract. She had a few bit parts before changing her name to Malone for "Too Young to Know," 1945. Her chance to shine came in "The Big Sleep" and by that time she had been released from her RKO contract and signed up with Warner Brothers. They started giving her larger roles, though for the most part, she appeared in minor films. The film "Battle Cry," in 1953 was a turning point and she received the film’s best reviews. In "Written on the Wind," in 1954, she played a nymphomaniac oil heiress and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar that year for her role. In 1964, she was handed the lead role in "Peyton Place" on ABC-TV and stayed with the series for four years. Overall, it was an up-and-down career in which she seems to have made a number of bad choices.

Around 1965, she was rushed to the hospital for surgery to remove clots from blood vessels leading to her lungs, and narrowly escaped death.

In 1968, she officially quit Hollywood and returned to Dallas. She was a real estate agent for a while, and also did public relations work for an insurance company. During the '70s she made some TV appearances.

Malone was officially engaged in 1952 to actor Scott Brady, but they ended their relationship in 1957. She was also involved with Sidney Chaplin and Richard Egan. She married Jacques Bergerac, ex-husband of Ginger Rogers, on 28 June 1959 in Hong Kong while on location for a movie. The four-year marriage produced two daughters, Mimi, born 3 April 1960, and Diane, born 20 February 1962. Malone was granted a divorce on 8 December 1964. On 3 April 1969, she married New York businessman Rober Tomarkin in Las Vegas, but the marriage was annulled four weeks later. On 2 October 1971, she married motel chain executive Charles Bell of Dallas. They divorced after three years.

Malone died on 19 January 2018 at a nursing facility in Dallas at the age of 93.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • lover relationship with Brady, Scott (born 13 September 1924). Notes: Engaged


  • Work : New Job 1943 (Started appearing on film)
  • Work : Contracts, agreements 1945 (Signed with Warner Studios and changed name)
  • Work : Prize 1956 (Oscar for Best Supporting Actress)
  • Relationship : Marriage 28 June 1959 (First marriage, Jacques Bergerac, five yrs.)
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  • Work : Begin Major Project 1964 (Appeared in TV series Peyton Place, five yrs.)
  • Relationship : Marriage 3 April 1969 (Robert Tomarkin)
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  • Relationship : Marriage 2 October 1971 (Charles Huston Bell, 3 years)
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Source Notes

B.C. in hand from the Wilsons


  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (First of three)
  • Family : Childhood : Sibling circumstances (Brother Will killed by lightning)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage less than 3 Yrs (Second marriage annulled in four weeks)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Three)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Money Through Marriage (Third marriage)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 93)
  • Personal : Misc. : Changed name (Screen name)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film and TV)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : TV series/ Soap star (Peyton Place)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Best Supporting Actress)