An actress who was a potent screen presence as a blonde bombshell in a string of B-movies before going on to acclaim both on television and on the big screen has died. Dorothy Malone, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for “Written on the Wind” in 1957, died Friday morning in Dallas of natural causes. She was 92.
Malone’s prolific TV career included a long run as Constance Mackenzie on the prime-time ABC soap “Peyton Place,” which earned her two Golden Globe nominations for Best TV Star in the 1960s. She was also nominated for a Golden Globe for “Written on the Wind.”
Malone was a potent force as a leading lady in B-Westerns in the 1950s, including a tour de force performance as Shalee in Roger Corman’s underrated 1955 directorial debut, “Five Guns West.” She went on to a series of strong film roles in the late 1950s, including “Man of a Thousand Faces” with James Cagney (1957), “Too Much, Too Soon” (1958) and “Warlock” with Henry Fonda (1959).
Her early TV work included “Four Star Playhouse,” “The Loretta Young Show,” “Route 66,” “Death Valley Days” and “The Untouchables.”
Malone scaled back her screen work in her later years, but returned in 1992 to play the friend of Sharon Stone’s character in “Basic Instinct.” In recent years she was considered one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood.