Dominick Dunne
Writer, journalist
Dominick Dunne
Biography
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Birthday
29 October 1925
Deceased
26 August 2009
home town
the United States
Death Place
New York City
Career Highlights
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Label
Dominick dunne
Homepage
Http://www.dominicksdiary.com
Alternative names
Dunne, Dominick John
Birth name
Dominick John Dunne
Nationality
American
Alma mater
Veritas et Humanitas
Presenter of
Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice
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Reading Joan Didion
Huffington Post - about 3 years
The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, looked uncomfortable at the head table in the Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom where we had come to celebrate Joan Didion's PEN Lifetime Achievement Award. He struggled for the words; "I'm so sorry to have to tell you," he said, "Joan Didion will not be with us tonight." Only Joan Didion can find the right rhythm to tell us what we do not want to hear. Only Joan Didion can do this with the spare reach of meaning learned in her land. She never whines as she tells us how pain feels. We had not expected Joan Didion to speak long or get all radiant over our admiration, our affection, our honor. Joan has the integrity of the authentic writer. Solitude is the ignition key and the requirement. The room went silent. Then came frowns, turns of heads, questioning eyebrows, fingertips to lips. Abashed was the name of the evening. Yes, we were there to see the new writers get their PEN awards, see them standing here, ordained writers. We were ...
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Greg Archer: Robert Evans: 'I'm Still In The Picture'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Photo: Victoria Brenner In the introduction to the new edition of "The Kid Stays in the Picture," Robert Evans' incendiary and candid memoir, the film industry legend writes: "Writing, like music or dancing, hungers for that certain rhythm, that beat, that sound. Without it, no matter how talented the artist, his or her efforts get heaped on top of a pile, and then that gets heaped atop another pile. And no matter how high the pile rises, invariably it slides into the world of the unremembered." Evans should never worry about that. Writing aside, the man will always remain one of Hollywood's more alluring and unforgettable creatures. As the Paramount Studios chief in the 1960s and '70s, he stunned his detractors at the time, defied the odds and went on to produce some of the most critically acclaimed and successful films of all time--Rosemary's Baby, Marathon Man, Chinatown, The Godfather, Love Story. He had help, of course, most notably in the form of Peter Bart, who ...
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Liz Smith: Celebrating My First Friend in New York Theater: Shirley Herz
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"I'm as pure as the driven slush!" said Tallulah. Finally, an evening where we didn't even need Tallulah. I thought I was the world class expert on fundraising evenings, but last week I received a big surprise when I trekked west, almost to the Hudson River, where something called Espace, was the scene of the 20th anniversary of the Abingdon Theater Company. What a great night! One can't always say that about charities raising money to keep going. People truly want to help and cooperate but most of these sizzlers fizzle out and are so boring! Not the Abingdon one. The celebration of this unique off-B'way producer of first rate first theatre had been called off at the last minute by Storm Sandy. So what were the chances that everybody would still show up for a re-figured date? Well, the funny thing is -- they did. So we had a great dinner and great evening and I got to celebrate the very first friend I ever made in the New York theater -- my To ...
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Liz Smith: Nora Celebrated -- With Love, Tenderness, And (Of Course!) Humor
Popeater - over 4 years
"Be the heroine of your own life; not the victim!" said the inimitable Nora Ephron. The memorial to Nora for 800 of the ticketed chosen in Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center was brilliantly produced, like a great Broadway opening happening at 11:30 in the morning, last Monday. Nora had established what and who she wanted and she got it all. I was missing Nora so much throughout that I wished the memorial would go on and on after it started in a low- key manner with "It's a Beautiful World" and "As Time Goes By" playing softly before anyone spoke. The delay of a few days between Nora's untimely death and this week allowed those who participated time to travel to New York and hone their heartfelt performances. You just knew that each one was different from the others and each was doing their stuff only for Nora's judgment and benefit. These remarks were loving, some of them very funny, all were trenchant. I won't really be able to repeat much of the brilliance because I wa ...
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Matthew K. Poland: Making One Big Summer Night
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Hartford Public Library will be throwing a party, One Big Summer Night, on June 12 for 700 of its closest friends, patrons and sponsors. This year our special guest and featured author will be Arianna Huffington. She joins a diverse literary constellation of previous featured authors, at this event that is the Library's largest annual fundraiser: Dominick Dunne, Jacques Pépin, Wally Lamb, Francine du Plessix Gray, Colin McEnroe, Nora Pollard, Paul Weidner, Malachy McCourt, Julie Powell, and last year's guests Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, stars of MSNBC's Morning Joe. In our discussions about who would be the best author for these challenging times, Arianna Huffington's name kept surfacing. And why is that, you may ask? Because we believe that she represents what's possible in America with the right set of personal tools -- courage, chutzpah, knowledge, and a deep understanding of what it means to be American. With The Huffington Post, she has created a cyber meetin ...
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Critical Mass Rides Again Tonight - The San Francisco Appeal
Google News - over 5 years
Today is a pretty damn awesome day: porn star Tori Black is celebrating her 24th birthday, folks are pouring some out for their homie Dominick Dunne, who died two years ago today, and bicyclists will take to the streets for Critical Mass
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Edie Wasserman dies at 95 - Variety
Google News - over 5 years
"Everything in my life has had something to do with show business," Edie told Dominick Dunne. "My fascination with the industry was natural, since my father was an attorney for show business people, and I wanted to be a dancer
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Today in History - Aug. 26 - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
In 2009, Dominick Dunne, the "Vanity Fair" writer and chronicler of celebrity life, died at his Manhattan home at age 83. In 2009, authorities in California solved the 18-year-old disappearance of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who appeared at a parole office with
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Keeping Our Children Safe - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
This particular trail led me to a March 1983 Vanity Fair article written by Dominique's father, author Dominick Dunne, that described from a parent's perspective the precursors and aftermath of his daughter's murder, and the pain of a trial that he
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EXTREMADA 'REALITY TV' - El Nuevo Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Un tremendo periodista investigativo ya fallecido, Dominick Dunne, le dio drama a la serie de casos criminales reales entre los ricos en Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice, en CourtTV. El más importante de los juicios televisados fue el de
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“REALLY TRULY TRUE?” FICTIONALIZED FACT ON FILM - NewsTime
Google News - over 5 years
Dominick Dunne's best-selling “A Season in Purgatory” aroused international interest in the “cold” Martha Moxley case, of which the novel presents a fictionalized version. (Moxley had been battered to death with a golf club, and her killer's
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'Reasonable Doubt' - New York Times
Google News - over 5 years
Like so many assumptions, these proved false, largely because of what I found while digging into the crime, its investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, and the trial I'd planned to cover in the style of the late Dominick Dunne, notebook in
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Not an innocent man, but not a killer either - Cape Cod Today (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Like many assumptions, these proved false, largely because of what I found while digging into the crime, its investigation by the Massachusetts State Police, and the trial I'd planned to cover in the style of the late Dominick Dunne, notebook in hand,
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The Mystery of the Spelling Mansion - msnbc.com
Google News - over 5 years
Even Dominick Dunne, who was a friend of Aaron's, only went inside The Manor once. As Dunne saw it, more than just an eyesore, the house became a metaphor for the Spellings' relationship. “There seems little doubt that the mansion changed the couple,”
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Was JM Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello Inspired by Canada's Elizabeth Abbott? - Huffington Post (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Literature is rife with naming mysteries, from Dominick Dunne-like romans à clef to Shakespeare's "Who is Sylvia?" Esteemed poet Ken Babstock has introduced a new twist into the name game, and it's jarringly personal. In "Russian Doctor," a poem in his
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'Driven loner' fooled rich, famous for years - Winnipeg Free Press
Google News - over 5 years
His occasionally breathless account evokes the glittering, jittery world of privilege and pretence frequently portrayed by another Vanity Fair contributor, the late Dominick Dunne. Perhaps bewitched by the fictions he unveiled, Seal resorts to rather
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dominick Dunne
1925
Born on October 29, 1925.
1979
In 1979, beset with addictions, Dunne left Hollywood and moved to rural Oregon.
Here he says he overcame his personal demons and wrote his first book, The Winners.
1982
In November 1982, his daughter, Dominique Dunne, best known for her part in the film Poltergeist, was murdered.
Dominick Dunne attended the trial of John Thomas Sweeney, who was convicted of voluntary manslaughter. According to Dunne's account in Justice, Sweeney was sentenced to six-and-a-half years, but served only two and a half after his conviction.
1984
Dunne wrote the article "Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of his Daughter's Killer" for the March 1984 issue of Vanity Fair.
Dunne started writing regularly for Vanity Fair. He based several bestselling novels on real-life events, such as the murders of Alfred Bloomingdale's mistress Vicki Morgan and banking heir William Woodward, Jr.. He eventually hosted the TV series Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice on CourtTV (later truTV), in which he discussed justice and injustice and their intersection with celebrities. Famous trials he covered included those of O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith, and the Menendez brothers. He was portrayed in six episodes of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson by Robert Morse (born 1931), where his opening appearance portrays him being given a seat at the Trial by Judge Lance Ito, next to the parents of Ron Goldman, during which meeting reference is made to the murder of Dunne's daughter Dominique, and the " slap on the wrist " Dunne claimed that her killer got.
2005
In 2005, California Congressman Gary Condit won an undisclosed financial settlement and an apology from Dunne, who had earlier implicated him in the disappearance of Chandra Levy in Washington, DC.
The intern was from Condit's U.S. House of Representatives district. Condit had been having an extramarital affair with her in Washington.
2006
In November 2006, Dunne was sued again by Condit for comments made about the former politician on Larry King Live on CNN.
This suit was eventually dismissed. Dunne frequently socialized with, wrote about, and was photographed with celebrities. A Salon.com review of his memoir, The Way We Lived Then, recounted how Dunne appeared at a wedding reception for Dennis Hopper. Sean Elder, the author of the review, wrote: "But in the midst of it all there was one man who was getting what ceramic artist Ron Nagle would call 'the full cheese,' one guy everyone gravitated toward and paid obeisance to." That individual was Dunne, who mixed easily with artists, actors and writers present at the function. Dunne was quoted as saying that Dennis Hopper wished he "had a picture of myself with Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer."
2008
Dunne's account of the Menendez trial, Nightmare on Elm Drive, was selected by The Library of America for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American true crime writing, published in 2008.
In 2008, at age 82, Dunne traveled from New York to Las Vegas to cover O.J. Simpson's trial on charges of kidnapping and armed robbery for Vanity Fair magazine; he said this would be his last such event.
Dunne's adventures in Hollywood were described in the documentary film Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2008), directed by Kirsty de Garis and Timothy Jolley. This film documents his successes and tribulations in the entertainment industry. In the film, Dunne reflects on his past as a World War II veteran, falling in love and raising a family, his climb and fall as a Hollywood producer, and his comeback as a writer.
In September 2008, Dunne disclosed that he was being treated for bladder cancer.
He was working on Too Much Money, his final book, at the time of his death.
On September 22, 2008, Dunne complained of intense pain, and was taken by ambulance to Valley Hospital.
2009
On October 29, 2009 (what would have been Dunne's 84th birthday), Hollywood friends and some reporter friends, along with new Hollywood figures, gathered at the Chateau Marmont to celebrate Dominick Dunne's life.
Vanity Fair magazine paid tribute to Dunne's life and extensive contributions to the magazine in its November 2009 issue.
After his death, Dominick's son, Griffin Dunne, confirmed his father's bisexuality and 20-year celibacy, marveling that his father had kept this central part of his personality to himself almost until he died. Dominick Dunne was the brother of author John Gregory Dunne; the writer Joan Didion was his sister-in-law. He was married to Ellen Beatriz Griffin (1954–1965). He was the father of Alexander Dunne and the actors Griffin Dunne and Dominique Dunne, as well as two daughters who died in infancy. His son said on ABC's Good Morning America that his father had been a closeted bisexual. Dominique Dunne, most known for her role in the film Poltergeist, was strangled by her ex-boyfriend John Sweeney, resulting in her death on November 4, 1982. Dominick Dunne covered the trial of his daughter's murder for Vanity Fair, and was outraged alongside the rest of his family when Sweeney received acquittal of the second-degree murder charge in favor of voluntary manslaughter.
Dunne died on August 26, 2009, at his home in Manhattan and was buried at Cove Cemetery in the shadow of Gillette Castle in Hadlyme, Connecticut.
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