Hollywood actress Dorothy Malone got her big break at SMU

Dorothy Malone, who died at age 93, was well-known throughout Hollywood, but she considered Dallas home the majority of her life.

The Illinois native relocated to Texas with her family as a young girl. Malone attended Hockaday and Ursuline as a teenager before she studied at SMU.

Malone could’ve credited her entire career to SMU’s theater department. Her performance in an university production caught the attention of an RKO talent scout who later recommended her for a studio contract.

Malone received an Academy Award for her portrayal of an audacious nymphomaniac in “Written on the Wind.” She starred in several films alongside the likes of Rock Hudson and James Cagney before landing a role as a secretive mother on “Peyton’s Place.”

Despite her success in sunny California, Malone returned to Dallas to take care of her family.

She died Jan. 19 at a neighborhood assisted living facility, where she had been living.


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