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  • Restrictions on Access
  • Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
  • Restrictions on Use and Reproduction
  • Preferred Citation
  • Provenance/Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: Nancy Malone papers
    Creator: Malone, Nancy
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0254
    Physical Description: 35.0 Linear Feet (62 boxes, 2 record cartons, and 4 flat boxes)
    Physical Description: 1 Audiovisual Carriers (1 record)
    Physical Description: 4 Born-digital Carriers (4 optical discs)
    Date (inclusive): circa 1946-2000
    Abstract: Nancy Malone began her career at the age of six, modeling and appearing on live radio and television programs. She went on to become an accomplished actor, director and producer and was a co-founder of Women in Film, the nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women's roles within the entertainment industry. The collection consists of material representing Malones' involvement in various projects as actress, director and producer, her association with Women in Film, her contributions to the advancement of the entertainment community and her various achievements outside of the industry.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Portions of collection unprocessed. Audiovisual materials are unavailable for access. Please contact Special Collections reference (spec-coll@library.ucla.edu) for more information.

    Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

    COLLECTION CONTAINS DIGITAL MATERIALS: Special equipment or further processing may be required for viewing. To access digital materials you must notify the reference desk in advance of your visit.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Nancy Malone papers (Collection PASC 254). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Gift of Nancy Malone, 2001.

    Processing Information

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by Liz Graney and Sue Hwang with assistance from Julie Graham.
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    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 9946697783606533 


    Nancy Malone was born in Queens Village, New York on March 19, 1935. At the age of six she started modeling and was featured on many leading, popular magazine covers. She began appearing on live radio and television programs, and was cast as Margy Martin on CBS-TV's first soap opera, The First Hundred Years. She also appeared on popular programs such as The Alcoa Hour and Hallmark Hall of Fame. She made her Broadway debut in 1952 in the title role of Ronald Alexander's comedy Time Out for Ginger, in which she was nominated for the Sarah Siddons Award in 1954. Malone got her big break in 1960 when she landed the role of Libby, the girlfriend of Detective Adam Flint on the police drama Naked City. Malone earned an Emmy nomination for outstanding performance by a supporting actress and stayed with the program until it went off the air in 1963.
    During this time, Malone continued making guest appearances on other television programs such as Route 66, Dr. Kildare, and 77 Sunset Strip. From 1961 to 1963, she had a recurring role on the CBS daytime soap The Guiding Light. From 1965 to 1966, she starred on the short-lived ABC nighttime soap The Long Hot Summer, winning a Cinema Editors Award for her portrayal of Clara Varner. Following that show's cancellation, she made dozens of guest appearances on popular TV series including The Andy Griffith Show, Hawaii Five-O, The Partridge Family, Lou Grant, and Family. She also appeared as Aunt Sissy in the 1974 TV adaptation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and in such theatrical films as The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973) and The Trial of the Catonsville Nine (1972).
    In 1971, Malone joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story editor and was later promoted to director of motion pictures. In 1973, Malone and Tichi Wilkerson-Kassel co-founded the organization Women in Film, a support network for women in the industry. In 1975, Malone formed Lilac Productions and immediately began producing films for television. Her producing credits include the television movies Like Mom, Like Me (1978), Winner Take All (1975), and Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976), plus the television series The Bionic Woman (1976). Malone shared an Emmy for outstanding variety, music, or comedy special for her role as supervising producer on the 1993 special Bob Hope: The First 90 Years. In 1977, Malone became the first female vice president of television at 20th Century Fox, and also won the first Women in Film Crystal Award.
    Malone also took up directing after completing the American Film Institute's directing workshop for women. She has directed dozens of episodes of popular television programing, including Dynasty, Diagnosis Murder, Melrose Place, Star Trek: Voyager, and Touched by an Angel. As a director she has been nominated for two Emmy Awards for episodes of Sisters (1993) and The Trials of Rosie O'Neill (1992). Her dramatic short film, Merlene of the Movies (1981) won various honors, including a Houston Film Festival award. Her television movie There Were Times, Dear (1985), was a pioneering film about Alzheimer's disease and raised over $3 million for charities. The film also won the John Muir Medical Film Festival Trustees
    Malone has served on the Women in Film board of directors and as a liaison to the advisory council for the board of trustees. She has served on the faculty of the American Film Institute, helping students develop their creative talent. Additionally, she has been an instructor at UCLA, San Jose State University, the Irwin Piscator Institute of New York, and the Stella Adler Conservatory.
    Biographical information from The Alliance of Women Directors, 2011 found at: http://allianceofwomendirectors.org/members/Nancy_Malone.html.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of materials related to the career of actress, director, producer, and activist Nancy Malone. Included are production material, scripts, business correspondence, press clippings, and a small amount of photographs associated with various projects as director and producer, some of which involved Lilac Productions, Malone's production company. Directing and producing material represents television projects such as Bob Hope: The First 90 Years, Dynasty, Hotel, Merlene of the Movies (1981), There Were Times, Dear (1985), and The Trials of Rose O' Neill. Additionally, there are photographs, clippings, and ephemera documenting stage, television, and film productions in which Malone appeared, such as Time Out for Ginger, Naked City, and Long Hot Summer, among others. Also included are files documenting Malone's involvement with Women in Film, the nonprofit organization dedicated to women's roles within the entertainment industry. There is also a small amount of material documenting Malone's contributions to the advancement of the entertainment community and her achievements outside of the industry.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Acting
    2. Directing
    3. Producing
    4. Executive
    5. Women in Film
    6. General Career
    7. Activism
    8. Teaching
    9. Art and Poetry
    10. Philanthropic Activities

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Actresses -- United States -- Archives.
    Women television producers and directors -- United States -- Archives.
    Malone, Nancy -- Archives
    Women in Film (Organization)