★ American actress, Dorothy Malone, was born on this day in 1925. Having begun her acting career in 1943, at the tender age of 18, Malone appeared in films such as The Big Sleep (1946) opposite Humphrey Bogart, and Artists and Models (1955) where she played Dean Martin’s love interest. Having transformed herself into the ‘platinum blonde’ so popular in the 1950s, she went on to win an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as a dipso-nymphomaniac in 1956’s Written on the Wind, in which she starred opposite Rock Hudson. Malone continued to appear with Hudson in a number of films, most notably The Last Sunset (1961), which also starred Kirk Douglas, and even performed with Errol Flynn in Too Much, Too Soon (1958). Moving into television as the 60s progressed, she became a regular on prime-time soap opera Peyton Place, from 1964 to 1968, and would go on to appear in two TV-movie spin-offs in the 70s and 80s. Her final screen appearance was in the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct, in which she played a mother convicted of murdering her family.
Celebrating her 90th birthday today, Malone is retired and currently lives in Dallas, Texas. She’s seen here in a 1956 publicity photo for Written on the Wind – in the role that won her a very well-deserved Oscar – and as Constance MacKenzie in Peyton Place, in 1964. Happy Birthday Dorothy!