Did you remember the films and career of that classy looking dame pictured above, Dorothy Malone?
One thing is for sure. She worked a lot for a very long time — logging some 110 movie and tv credits over a nearly half century. RKO signed the 18-year-old Dallas beauty in the early Forties, and she made her movie debut in 1943’s Gildersleeve on Broadway.
The comedy costarred Billie Burke and, in the title role, Harold Peary, who first perfected the title character (Throckmorton Gildersleeve) in the late Thirties on the Fibber McGee & Molly radio show.
The Gildersleeve character, Fibber McGee’s annoyingly intrusive neighbor, proved so popular that Peary (that’s him above) fronted an early radio spinoff, The Great Gildersleeve, the foundation of Malone’s first movie. Her last big screen appearance came in 1992 as Sharon Stone’s pal in the infamous Basic Instinct.
Along the way there were pictures with Rock Hudson (pictured above with our gal), notably as an erotically charged hussy in Douglas Sirk’s 1956 melodrama,Written on the Wind. The latter role won Malone a best supporting actress Oscar. At 92, she is most certainly one of the few Oscar-winning stars from late classic period still with us.
Ok, let’s get to the answers to our Dorothy Malone Quiz. As usual, to review the questions, just scroll down to the blog below. Here we go:
1) Answer: a) Dorothy and Ginger Rogers shared the same husband — at different times, of course. He was (he died three years ago) the darkly handsome French-born actor, Jacques Bergerac. He was Rogers’ fourth of five husbands (from 1953 to 1957) and the first of Malone’s three spouses (1959 to late 1964). He later became an executive with cosmetics purveyor Revlon. The end of his Malone union ended badly with a custody battle over the couples two daughters, which Dorothy won.
2) Answer: d) Written on the Wind, which won Dorothy her Academy Award.
3) Answer: d) The Big Sleep. Dorothy has a memorable bit part in this classic film noir as a bespectacled book store clerk who has a hard time hiding her lustful intentions re Humphrey Bogart. The harried Bogie conveys the sense that given more time in a confusing plot, an interesting romance could have developed.
4) Answer: a) Peyton Place, the ABC-TV series (1964-1969) based on the Grace Metalious novel about sex in an American small town. The series wore Dorothy down, and her character was written out in 1968 after she complained about lackluster scripts. Budding star Mia Farrow hogged all the good lines, she said. “I live much more drama and tragedy in my own life that I ever do in ‘Peyton Place.'”
5) Answer: a) True. It was 1955’s Artists and Models, the 10th (by our count) big screen teaming of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Malone plays the former’s love interest.