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Women's Film Preservation Fund (WFPF) Screening: There Were Times, Dear and Celebration of the Life of Nancy Malone

NYWIFT's Women's Film Preservation Fund's first effort to save a television program was the restoration and preservation of the late Nancy Malone's There Were Times, Dear. The film will be screened at a memorial tribute celebrating Nancy's remarkable life.

Nancy Malone was a long-time member and passionate supporter of New York Women in Film & Television. She was one of the original founders of Women in Film Los Angeles, the first woman to hold a departmental VP role at a major studio, and an award-winning director, producer and actress.

Malone began directing in the 1980s after completing AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. The first television movie she directed, There Were Times, Dear, was the first movie made for television about Alzheimer’s disease. 

The Women's Film Preservation Fund, founded by New York Women in Film & Television, preserves and restores American films, from any era, in which women have held significant creative positions including, but not limited to, writer, director, producer, editor and performer.


There Were TImes, Dear
Nancy Malone, Director

Susanne Millard never needed to be independent because her husband took care of everything. But she must begin to undertake all family responsibilities when Bob, her husband, is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's Disease, in this moving made-for-television drama.


Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014, 7pm
Tribeca Film Center
375 Greenwich Street (Between N. Moore and Franklin)

Nancy Malone was selected to receive the 2013 Loreen Arbus Award for Those Who Take Action and Effect Change, part of the Muse Awards. Last Fall, she established the Nancy Malone Marketing and Promotion Grant to provide support for first time women women feature film directors.

Nancy directed many episodes of The Guardian; Judging Amy; Resurrection BlvdDawson’s CreekDiagnosis Murder; Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman; Touched By An Angel; Melrose Place; Beverly Hills, 90210Star Trek Voyager and Cagney and Lacey.

She began her career at age seven, appearing in advertisements and billboards. At age 10, she landed on the cover of Life Magazine’s 10th Anniversary Issue as the "Typical American Girl." At 15, she made her Broadway debut in Time Out for Ginger. Her other theater work included Major Barbara, The Seven Year Itch, A Place for Polly, Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Chalk Garden, A Touch of the Poet and The Trial of the Catonsville Nine.

When she performed in the groundbreaking, award-winning series Naked City, she received a Best Actress Emmy nomination. She was then cast in The Long Hot Summer, and moved on to guest roles in such series as Bonanza, The Fugitive, The Partridge Family, The Big Valley, The Rockford Files and The Outer Limits. She also  co-starred with Burt Reynolds in The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.

In 1971, Malone joined Tomorrow Entertainment as a story analyst, which led to a position as Director of Motion Pictures. She then produced her first TV movie, Winner Takes All, and joined 20th Century Fox as Director of TV Development, later becoming Vice President of Television.

She won an Emmy for co-producing Bob Hope: The First 90 Years. In 1975, Malone established Lilac Productions, which produced the TV films Sherlock Holmes in New York and The Great Pretender. 

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts