( b. Mar 19, 1935 Queens, New York, USA - d. May 08, 2014 Duarte, California, USA ) Female
Nancy Malone was a child model in the 1940s who became a successful actress as an adult before moving to the other side of the camera as a television producer and director at a time when few women in Hollywood held those positions.
Ms. Malone was 11 when she appeared on the cover of Life magazine's 10th-anniversary issue in November 1946, an anonymous girl-next-door in pigtails. At 17, she was praised for her role on Broadway in Time Out for Ginger, playing a girl who wants to try out for a football team. By the mid-1950s she was immersed in a two-decade run of appearances on television, including episodes of "Hallmark Hall of Fame," "Route 66," "77 Sunset Strip," "The Twilight Zone," "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Partridge Family."
At one point she juggled the role of Robin on the soap opera "The Guiding Light" with another on the police drama "Naked City," in which she played Libby, an aspiring actress whose boyfriend was a detective. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding supporting actress for that role, but she wanted more complicated parts.
By the early 1970s, even as her acting career was thriving, she had grown more frustrated by its limitations.
Tom Moore, who was starting his own production company, Tomorrow Entertainment, invited her to join it, and she eventually did. Within a few years she had formed a company of her own, Lilac Productions, and begun producing television movies, including "Winner Take All," starring Shirley Jones as a woman with a gambling addiction. By 1975 she had moved to 20th Century Fox, where she became the first female vice president, helping oversee new television shows. By the end of the decade she had moved again -- into directing.
As was the case with her acting career, her projects as a director ranged widely over the next two decades. They included episodes of "The Bionic Woman," "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "Melrose Place" and "Dynasty." She shared a producing Emmy in 1993 for the special "Bob Hope: The First 90 Years" with Don Mischer and Hope's daughter Linda, a longtime friend.
Source: The New York Times obituary
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