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Nancy Malone

Updated on October 10, 2016
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Bio Stats

Born: 19 March 1935 (Queens Village, Long Island, New York, USA)

Died: 8 May 2004 (Duarte, California, USA)

Cause of Death: Pneumonia arising from complications with leukaemia

Film and TV Appearances: 78+

Award Nominations: 6 (2 Wins)

Years Active: 1950 - 2004

The Big Valley (1966-1970)

as Marcy Howard in the season 4 episode "The Secret"
as Marcy Howard in the season 4 episode "The Secret"

Early Life

Nancy Malone was born in 1935 and depending on the source her original name was either Ann Maloney or Nancy Josefa Maloney. At the age of seven, she began a modelling career and appeared in many advertisements. When she was about 10 years old she was chosen for the cover of Life Magazine's 10th Anniversary edition as "The Typical American Girl."

As a teenager, she began to take acting seriously and studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory and later at the Actors Studio. She made her Broadway debut in 1952 as the lead character in Time Out for Ginger. Other plays she appeared in were Major Barbara; Makropoulos Secret; and A Touch of the Poet.

Until 1965, when she moved to Los Angeles, she continued to act in New York-based productions.

Strive to be great. Even if you're not required to by the script, strive to find something that expands you.

— Nancy Malone

Film

Even though her acting career was primarily based on television, Malone did appear in a number of films - Fright (1956); The Violaters (1957); An Affair of the Skin (1963); Intimacy (1966); The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972); The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973); and Capricorn One (1978).

Diagnosis Murder (1993-2002)

Cameo in the season 7 episode "Two Birds with One Sloan"
Cameo in the season 7 episode "Two Birds with One Sloan"

Television

Malone made her television acting debut in The Silver Theatre episode "The First Hundred Years" in 1950. She starred or had a regular role in the following series...

  • Guiding Light as Robin Lang Bauer Bowden Fletcher from 1961 to 1963.
  • The Naked City as Libby Kingston from 1960 to 1963 (51 episodes).
  • The Long, Hot Summer (1965-1966) as Clara Varner.

Some of the TV movies and mini-series she appeared in were Forgotten Children (1952); The Outsider (1967); Man in the Middle (1972); Set This Town on Fire (1973); A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1974); Gemini Man (1976); Like Mom, Like Me (1978); The Killing of Randy Webster (1981); and There Were Times, Dear (1985).

TV shows she guest starred on included Lux Video Theatre; Armstrong Circle Theatre; Robert Montgomery Presents; Kraft Theatre; 77 Sunset Strip; The Twilight Zone; The Fugitive; Tarzan; Hawaii Five-O; The Flying Nun; The Partridge Family; Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law; Ironside; Lucas Tanner; James at 16; Lou Grant; and Scene of the Crime.

I just can’t wrap my mouth around ‘How do you want your coffee, darling?’ once more

— Nancy Malone

Producer and Director

In 1975 Malone started to turn her talents towards producing. She produced a number of television shows and movies...

  • TV Movies (Producer): Winner Take All (1975); Like Mom, Like Me (1978); Merlene of the Movies (1981); The Violation of Sarah McDavid (1981); and The Impostor (1984).
  • TV Movies (Executive Producer): Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976); and Handle with Care (1977).
  • TV Movie (Co-Producer): There Were Times, Dear (1985).
  • TV Documentary (Supervising Producer): Bob Hope: The First 90 Years (1993).
  • TV Shows: NBC Special Treat (1 episode); The Bionic Woman (2 episodes).

In the 1980s, she began her directing career and completed the American Film Institute's Directing Workshop for Women. In 1985 she became a staff director at Aaron Spelling Productions.

TV Movies and shows she directed were...

  • TV Movies: Merlene of the Movies (1981); There Were Times, Dear (1985); Home Song (1996); and I Married a Monster (1998).
  • TV Shows: The Colbys; Starman; Cagney & Lacey; Hotel (11 episodes); Heartbeat; Nightingales (2 episodes); Dynasty (16 episodes); The Bradys; Shades of LA; Beverly Hills, 90210; Knots Landing; The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (3 episodes); Sisters; Key West; Melrose Place (10 episodes); Vanishing Son; Picket Fences; Touched by an Angel; C.P.W.; The Burning Zone; Fame L.A.; Star Trek: Voyager (2 episodes); Dawson's Creek; Diagnosis Murder (4 episodes); Judging Amy; Resurrection Blvd. (4 episodes); and The Guardian.

On Directing

In 1971 she was offered as a story editor at Tomorrow Entertainment and in 1973 she helped create a support group called "Women in Film", which awarded her with one of the first Crystal Awards in 1977. She won a Primetime Emmy Award in 1993 for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special - Bob Hope: The First 90 Years. Other awards she was nominated for were...

  • Primetime Emmy Award (1963) - Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actress (Naked City).
  • Chicago International Film Festival Gold Hugo (1981): Best Short Film - Merlene of the Movies
  • Primetime Emmy Award (1992) - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series (The Trials of Rosie O'Neill for the episode "Heartbreak Hotel").
  • Primetime Emmy Award (1993) - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series (Sisters for the episode "Crash and Born").

Malone also established her own production company in 1975 called Lilac Productions and in 1976 she became the first female Vice President of Television at 20th Century Fox. In her later years, she taught at the American Film Institute; UCLA, the Irwin Piscator Institute of New York and among many others.

In 2007 she became an honoree of the "She Made It: Women Creating Television and Radio" collection at the Paley Center for Media. A directing award from the New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) is named after her.

Nancy Malone died in 2014 and is buried at Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana Cemetery in Mission Hills, California.

Naked City (1958-1963)

Naked City: The Complete Series
Naked City: The Complete Series

Nancy Malone appeared in 51 episodes as Libby Kingston from 1960-1963.

 

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