- "Who says you ain't gonna get whacked... unless you behave that is."
- ―Frankie Malone to Aldo Trapani[src]
Frankie was the eldest of the Malones, born to an Irish father and Italian mother. She became the caretaker of her father during the mid 1940s, which left her little free time. She lived at the Lamplight Rooms in New Jersey. One day in the winter of 1945, Frankie had met up with her brother outside DeMantagna's barber shop.
At this time, two thugs for the Tattaglia family shot Don Corleone who was outside buying fruit. Monk was caught in the crossfire, and Frankie was taken hostage by a Tattaglia Capo named Camel Hair who was later killed by Aldo Trapani, who was meeting with Malone to inform him of Luca Brasi's death.
Malone and Trapani
"I was thinking... You know, we should-"
"No... no, we really shouldn't. But we will."
- ―Aldo Trapani and Frankie Malone[src]
Frankie later encountered Trapani whilst visiting Monk in the hospital where Don Vito was recuperating, and was again saved by Trapani. Around that time it was hinted of the start of a romance streak going on between Aldo and Frankie. On New Year's Eve, Frankie went out of town, and it was around the time when Aldo killed the corrupt cop, Galtosino, during midnight of January 1, 1946.
Between 1946-1948, Aldo and Frankie started to date, and after bombing Sollozzo's Warehouse, Monk started to ask what was going on between Aldo and Frankie. His friend was non-committal, referring to Monk's own dalliance with "Crazy Jane".
They received an apartment at the Chateau Leive by the Corleone family for Aldo's services. After Virgil Sollozzo was murdered by the Corleone family, it triggered the Five Families War and changed the course of their lives forever.
- "Sweet girl..."
"Filthy Corleone whore!"
"Where's your pretty boy now!? Huh? But you won't die yet, my boys haven't have fun yet."
- ―Bruno Tattaglia and his men[src]
- "Why didn't you come..? Don't let go..."
- ―Frankie Malone's last words.[src]
In 1950, Frankie's life was sadly cut short, in revenge for Aldo and Monk's continued attacks on the Tattaglia family. She was kidnapped by Bruno Tattaglia, Aldo and Monk chased after the car and into the church where they shot their way through and found Frankie however she was shot fatally before they reached her. Aldo rushed to her and held her in his arms. Frankie uttered her last words to Aldo asking and died shortly thereafter.
An enraged Trapani avenged her death by throwing Bruno Tattaglia into a cremation oven in a funeral home, when Bruno attended the death of a Tattaglia capo that Sonny killed. Marty Malone however, became something of a recluse and began to rat on the family for the FBI, which caused him to eventually be executed by Trapani, his old friend.
Personality and traits
Sweet, tough and a beautiful lady, Frankie always was the 'mother figure' to her family, taking care of her father in the 1940s and being a loving sister to her younger brother, Monk Malone; even especially to her lover, Aldo Trapani. She was always concerned about Aldo, normally from him working so hard. She was also rather protective, giving Aldo some limits, saying that she didn't like Aldo hanging out at Rosa's. Due to her brother and Aldo being involved with the Corleone family, Frankie had moments of being the damsel in distress, the only thing she hated more than anything else. Although she does so, she views the positive side, or at least tries to, by looking out for Monk and going out with Aldo, asking him to take her to night clubs and wanting to look at houses in New Jersey.