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These Old Hollywood Oscar Dresses Will Make You Yearn For The Past

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12. 1957: Dorothy Malone
In 1957, Dorothy Malone won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Written on the Wind. Malone was known for her sultry roles and bombshell status, and Written on the Wind was no different where she played a fun-loving Texan socialite.

While she might have played wanton characters, her 1957 Oscars dress was surprisingly modest.  It consisted of an almost-off-the-shoulder neckline with a bold sailor collar, a demure row of buttons, and exaggerated puff sleeves that went down to the elbows. She topped it of with white silk hand gloves, looking every inch of the sophisticated woman. 

While Malone’s blonde bombshell status helped her land her three-dimensional roles, she was actually a brunette for the beginning of her career. She went blonde for her role as Doris Day's sister in Young at Heart, and the new look helped to revamp her career. "A few years back Dorothy was a brunette who won mild success playing home-type dolls and understanding wives in movies like The Big Sleep," wrote Redland Daily Facts in 1957. "Six years ago Dorothy's career hit a dead end and she faded from the screen. Not too long ago she treated herself to a trip to the beauty parlor and emerged a stunning blonde who forsook the sweet-young-thing roles for the naughty femmes fatales of the movies Battle Cry and Written on the Wind." Never underestimate the power of a makeover.