Carole Mallory (born 1942) is an American author, actress, former supermodel, teacher and critic who appeared in the films Looking for Mr. Goodbar and The Stepford Wives. She was the nine-year companion of writer Norman Mailer and kept notes and her writings with his edits, selling them to Harvard University in 2008, after his death.
Education and early career
After attending Springfield High School, Mallory was awarded an art scholarship to Pennsylvania State University. She graduated from there with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. After attending Temple University's Tyler School of Art for her Master's, she taught art in Pennsylvania schools for two years. She became a Pan American Airlines stewardess and began modeling in Paris while still employed by the airline. Her first assignment was for French Vogue. Mallory has appeared on the covers of a variety of magazines including Cosmopolitan, Newsweek, and three separate New York Magazine covers. She earned the term 'supermodel' over the course of her career.
Mallory filmed over fifty commercials. Her first spot was for Olympic Airlines, the award-winning ‘no dancing in the aisles’ campaign, while on leave of absence from Pan American Airlines. She also appeared in the "English Leather" commercial campaign ("All my men wear English Leather, or they wear nothing at all") commercial campaign, which ran for ten years. Her commercial for Faberge's "Tigress" campaign titled "Are You Wild Enough to Wear It?" directed by Michael Cimino was banned as too risque for one of the networks because her crocheted bathing suit with its spider web effect did not have support. As she ran towards the camera while performing a strip tease, her breasts jiggled. In the early seventies "jiggling breasts" were forbidden on TV. 60 Minutes aired her Faberge Tigress commercial in one of its segments about sex in television. Mallory starred as Madge in the play Picnic, and as Tiffany in Mary, Mary at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pennsylvania. During the early seventies she studied with Wyn Handman, the director of American Place Theatre, in New York. When she moved to Hollywood, she studied with Harvey Lembeck in his Comedy Improvisation Workshop.
Mallory authored the 1988 novel Flash about a female alcoholic surviving Hollywood. Gloria Steinem wrote that it was: "fast, smart and irresistible." In 2010, she published a memoir, Loving Mailer. Between 1988 and 1996 she was a journalist who interviewed writers such as Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Gore Vidal, Dudley Moore, Mrs. Vincent Astor, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Erica Jong, Jay McInerney, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Isabella Rossellini, Leiber & Stoller, Milos Forman, George Plimpton, and other Hollywood notables. Her journalism has been published by: The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Playboy, Parade, Elle, New Women, Time Out, M Magazine, Cineastes, and The Fix. Among the books she has written are: Vidal vs. Mailer (2016), My Friendship with Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller (2013), My Friendship with Norman Mailer and Gore Vidal (How They Buried The Hatchet), 2013. Mary Dearborn, Norman Mailer's biographer, wrote about her 2014 Picasso's Ghost,: "Mallory is a born writer. Picasso's Ghost is funny, an irreverent, eminently readable romp." She has taught how to write memoir at Rosemont College, Cheltenham Adult School and Widener University and has reviewed books for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1983, she began a nine-year relationship with Norman Mailer. He urged her to quit acting and pursue writing. She went on to study writing at UCLA, NYU (with Margaret Atwood) and Columbia University (with Gordon Lish). When Mailer died, she sold seven boxes of documents and photographs to Harvard University containing extracts of her letters, books and journals.
On June 28, 1987, when Mallory's story of overcoming alcoholism was the cover story of Parade Magazine, she was asked to speak at her alma mater, Pennsylvania State University, for a D.U.I. convention of mothers who had lost children to drunk drivers. On October 5, 2013, she was invited to be keynote speaker at Tucson Modernism Week, in Tucson, Arizona—a celebration of mid-century modernism in art and architecture. Because she was a Pan Am airline hostess in the 1960s, Mallory was asked to speak about how this propelled her into becoming a supermodel, an actress, an author, a critic and a teacher. On October 16, 2013, she was asked to speak at the Elkin's Park Library about her memoir Picasso's Ghost. She also spoke about this book on January 13, 2013, at the Lower Providence Library about Picasso's Ghost. In March 2014, in celebration of Woman's History Month, the Chester County Library asked Mallory to speak about her life experiences and career, both to celebrate the history and empowerment of women.
As well as her relationship with Mailer, Mallory also had liaisons with Warren Beatty, Peter Sellers, Robert De Niro, Richard Gere and Rod Stewart. In 1968, she married the artist Ronald Mallory, whose kinetic mercury sculptures are featured in the Whitney Museum, M.O.M.A., and a variety of other museums. Ronald Mallory is perhaps best known for his mural of Andrea Doria at the Windows of the World on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center, but was destroyed in the attacks of September 11, 2001. In 1971, the Mallorys divorced. On the night of Pablo Picasso's death on April 8, 1973, Claude Picasso asked her to be his wife. Their love affair ended in 1980. Claude Picasso is the son of Pablo Picasso and Françoise Gilot. In 2000, Mallory again married, following her mother's death. Today, Carole Mallory is a film critic for The Huffington Post.
- Take This Job and Shove It (1981) as B-Jo.
- Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) as Marvella
- Steel (1980) as Charlene
- The Killer Elite (1975) as Rita
- The Stepford Wives (1975) as wife, Kit Sunderson
- American Raspberry (1977) Morning Mist girl
- Fire and Ice (1983 film) (1983) Rotoscoped by Frank Frazetta for Ralph Bakshi / Voice of Queen of the Fire Planet
- Seen Dimly Before Dawn (1976)
- Norman Mailer: The American (2010) Eraser Films documentary
- The Robin Williams Autopsy (2015) Reelz TV documentary by ITV London
2. The New York Times May 6, 2010 "The Mistress's Song" by Alex Williams
3. The Boston Globe ..."Picasso-made jewelry no longer a mystery"... March 5, 2014 by Christopher Muther
4. Mailer: A Biography (Houghton Mifflin, 1999) by Mary Dearborn
5. The Harvard Crimson "In Interview, Mailer's Mistress Recalls a Lover and a Mentor" 4/30/2008 by Esther I. Yi
6. The Times Herald.."Full Disclosure" May 17, 2010 by Judy Baca