We were sorry to learn that Dorothy Malone had died, just days short of her 93rd birthday. She enjoyed a long career in motion pictures and television, mostly playing bad girls, but to us, she’ll always be the most memorable bookstore employee in the history of the movies, and if you doubt us on this, just watch this scene with Humphrey Bogart from The Big Sleep (1946).
Actress Dorothy Malone was born ninety years ago today in Chicago, Illinois. Though she has enjoyed a long and storied career, if she’d never made another screen appearance, this brief scene opposite Humphrey Bogart in Howard Hawks‘ The Big Sleep (1946) would have cemented her legacy. She’s easily the dreamiest bookstore employee in cinematic history!
Ms. Malone is now retired and living in Dallas, Texas. Here’s wishing her the best of all possible birthdays!