Ms. Malone was 92 and had been in ill health for several years.
Best known for her role as the sexy, sex-besotted but love-starved sister in WRITTEN ON THE WIND (1956), which won her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
In her private life, she was almost as feisty, with stormy marriages to manipulative philanderers who were also con-men. Her salty complaint about her character's underutilization on the TV version of PEYTON PLACE ("I've had more drama and conflict in my personal life than I've ever had on PEYONT PLACE!!") caused a falling out with the producers, who wrote her out of the show--Malone responded by suing them for breach of contract.
In film noir, she was not nearly as explosive, with her first brief appearance in THE BIG SLEEP remaining the most indelible moment. It was followed by roles in FLAXY MARTIN, CONVICTED, THE KILLER THAT STALKED NEW YORK, LOOPHOLE, PUSHOVER, and PRIVATE HELL 36.
Her last role, in 1992's BASIC INSTINCT, was a nice little surprise, where she played an acquaintance of Sharon Stone's who turns out to be a murderess.