Oscar-Winning Actress Dorothy Malone Dies at 93
Academy Award-winning actress Dorothy Malone died at the age of 93, according to reports.
Malone, who also appeared in 1960s soap opera “Peyton Place,” died in Dallas, her daughter confirmed to The Associated Press. She died on Jan. 19, just days from her 94th birthday.
Her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten, said that she died of natural causes.
She won an Oscar for “Written on the Wind” in 1956. She appeared in dozens of movies, including Westerns, crime films, and musicals.
RIP Dorothy Malone, Oscar winner for WRITTEN ON THE WIND, also in SCARED STIFF, PUSHOVER, ARTISTS AND MODELS, THE TARNISHED ANGELS, BEACH PARTY, WINTER KILLS and her final film BASIC INSTINCT but most importantly part of the greatest scene of all time in THE BIG SLEEP. pic.twitter.com/uPIeHJjuHH
— Peter Avellino (@PeterAPeel) January 19, 2018
Dorothy Malone, one of the golden age’s most striking screen sirens, has passed away at the age of 92. Here she is as Marylee, one of American cinema’s most indelible bad girls, in Douglas Sirk’s 1956 melodrama masterpiece WRITTEN ON THE WIND, for which Malone won an Oscar. #RIP pic.twitter.com/VxKWVHXsSe
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) January 19, 2018
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 19, 2018
In 1954, as AP reported, she changed her hair color to blond for “Young at Heart,” which also starred Doris Day and Frank Sinatra.
“I came up with a conviction that most of the winners in this business became stars overnight by playing shady dames,” she said.
Mia Farrow, who appeared in “Peyton Place” with Malone, tweeted: “RIP Dorothy Malone, my beautiful TV mom for two amazing years.”
She got married three times. “I don’t have very good luck in men,” she said, according to AP. “I had a tendency to endow a man qualities he did not possess.” A reporter suggested that she was well-off due to “Peyton Place” money, and she replied: “Don’t you believe it. I had a husband who took me to the cleaners. The day after we were married he was on the phone selling off my stuff.”
Malone is survived by her brother, who is retired U.S. District Judge Robert B. Maloney, and another daughter, Diane Thompson.
RIP to the great Dorothy Malone, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her whirling dervish performance in Douglas Sirk’s Written on the Wind: pic.twitter.com/V7Oju8FYaE
— Christina Newland (@christinalefou) January 19, 2018
Some film credits include “Janie Gets Married” (1946), “Night and Day” (1946), “Two Guys From Texas” (1948), “One Sunday Afternoon” (1948) “Loophole” (1954), “Pushover” (1954), “Sincerely Yours” (1955), “The Fast and the Furious” (1955), “Beach Party” (1963), “Winter Kills” (1979), and more.