Irene Dunne
American actress
Irene Dunne
Irene Dunne was an American film actress and singer of the 1930s, 1940s and early 1950s. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her performances in Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939) and I Remember Mama (1948). She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958.
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It's Not Easy Being Irene - Patch.com
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That's understandable, considering two of three famous people with my name were born around that time—Irene Ryan (Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies ) and Irene Dunne (famous Hollywood actress of the 30s and 40s). The name had a bit of a resurgence
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Hollywood's chased romantic hero - Bay Area Reporter
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Leo McCarthy's The Awful Truth (1937) has Grant and Irene Dunne planning divorce, only to wonder if they should. A landmark screwball comedy. (Thurs., 9/1, matinee/evening) In Alfred Hitchcock's cold-war thriller North by Northwest (1959),
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Roles they lost - BusinessWorld Online
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We can include other big stars like Irene Dunne, Barbara Stanwyck, Rosalind Russell and Deborrah Kerr. Grant did, however, appear in such classics like Philadelphia Story where co-star James Stewart nabbed the coveted statuette
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FILM REVIEW: 'THE AWFUL TRUTH' - Buzzine
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The Awful Truth has Cary Grant and Irene Dunne as a stylish and unfaithful New York couple who choose to divorce on a whim. They realize their mistake early, but pride keeps them from reconciliation. Each one gets engaged, and each one sabotages the
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Claudette Colbert Q&A Pt.1: 'The Claudette Colbert Business' - Alt Film Guide (blog)
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Would you say there's something that distinguishes Claudette Colbert from the other screwball comediennes of the 1930s — Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Myrna Loy, Carole Lombard? And if so, how would you define that special "it" that Colbert possessed?
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Why Hollywood loves a reunion - Stuff.co.nz
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The closest they come is Mr Smith, the fox terrier that Irene Dunne and Cary Grant fight over in The Awful Truth. The granddaddy of the remarriage film with children is 1961's The Parent Trap, which has been remade several times, including a 1998
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Royalty takes the stage during Western Days - Bluff Country Reader
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Margaret Landon wrote a book, "Anna and the King of Siam," and from that, they made a movie, "Anna and the King" in the 1940s, starring Rex Harrison as the king and Irene Dunne as Anna. "It's a very familiar Broadway story," Flaherty continued,
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Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, London - The Independent
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It's tucked in a cabinet and is of Charles Boyer and Irene Dunne, marked up for retouching. A backroom worker has criss-crossed the areas that need work – stubble and hairy hands for him, crow's feet and a flabby jawline for her
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Film Notes: Sunday film series covers broad spectrum - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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... actress Diane Keaton and director and co-writer Woody Allen; July 17, "The Awful Truth," 1937 screwball comedy with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne; July 24, "Sabrina," featuring Audrey Hepburn as a chauffeur's daughter forced to choose between brothers
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12e vague DVD des Classiques de poche RKO - ITRnews.com
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Enfin, la version restaurée de Citizen Kane, et Love Affair (Elle et lui), l'original, avec Irene Dunne de Leo McCarey, issus du coffret Il était une fois la RKO, sortent en vente séparée dans cette collection. Comme à l'accoutumée, ces films sont
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There's something about Mary - Khaleej Times
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My dream film is something with no violence that casts me in an old-fashioned Irene Dunne role from the '30s or '40s,” Parker says. “I love female banter that's sweet and genuine.” She isn't against violence per se, however. Only last year she scored
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DVD Extra: Sony's MOD -- Madman, madwoman, musical remakes - New York Post (blog)
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The program also offers Vidor's "Over 21'' (1945), a forgotten comedy starring Irene Dunne and Alexander Knox based on an autobiographical play by Ruth Gordon about her and her middle-aged husband Garson Kanin's Army experiences when he served in the
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Funny girls. . . who says women aren't the Mae West? - Irish Independent
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Irish-American actress Irene Dunne was teamed with Cary Grant three times, and The Awful Truth (1937) and My Favourite Wife (1940) are screwball classics. Dunne had a fine beauty, and a ladylike elegance that was immune to all pratfalls,
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Canadian Free Press Release Service - Wire Service Canada (press release)
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Baker's secret lineage reportedly includes Mitchum's mother, silent film actress Theda Bara, and German actor, Fritz Leiber, her co-star in "Cleopatra", while Dickinson provides him with grandfather and grandmother Richard Dix and Irene Dunne
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Journey back to 1941 - Colorado County Citizen
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At the Orphic Theatre, moviegoers had the option of seeing Andy Devine in “A Dangerous Game” or Irene Dunne and Cary Grant in “Penny Serenade.” Check upcoming editions of The Citizen to travel through time and visit what was going on in the country and
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10 Worst Honeymoons in Film - Indie Wire (blog)
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“My Favorite Wife” - How about a honeymoon on which you find out you're not really technically married, because the first wife (Irene Dunne) of your groom (Cary Grant) turns up out of the blue, after long thought to be dead? That's what happens to Gail
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Irene Dunne
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1990
    Age 91
    Dunne died at her Holmby Hills home in Los Angeles on September 4, 1990, and is entombed in the Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Her personal papers are housed at the University of Southern California. She was survived by her daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Dunne has been described as the best actress never to win an Academy Award. She received five Best Actress nominations during her career: for Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939) and I Remember Mama (1948). She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958. Other honors include the Laetare Medal from Notre Dame University in 1949, the Bellarmine Medal from Bellarmine College in 1965 and Colorado's Women of Achievement in 1968. She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6440 Hollywood Blvd. and displays in the Warner Bros. Museum and Center for Motion Picture Study. In the Mad Men Season2 episode, "Maidenform", Peggy Olson questions her male colleagues' categorizations of women as "Marilyns" or "Jackies" and asks which she is. Ken Cosgrove quips that she's Gertrude Stein, and the younger men laugh. Don Draper quickly counters that Peggy is Irene Dunne, which Freddy Rumsen supports with, "I love Irene Dunne".
  • 1985
    Age 86
    One of Dunne's last public appearances was in April 1985, when she attended the dedication of a bust in her honor at St. John's (Roman Catholic) Hospital in Santa Monica, California, for which her foundation, The Irene Dunne Guild, had raised more than $20 million.
    More Details Hide Details The Irene Dunne Guild remains "instrumental in raising funds to support programs and services at St. John's" hospital in Santa Monica.
  • 1965
    Age 66
    Dunne remained married to Dr. Francis Griffin until his death on October 14, 1965.
    More Details Hide Details They lived in Holmby Hills, California in a Southern plantation-style mansion they designed. They had one daughter, Mary Frances (née Anna Mary Bush), who was adopted in 1936 (finalized in 1938) from the New York Foundling Hospital, run by the Sisters of Charity of New York. Both she and her husband were members of the Knights of Malta. Dunne was a devout Catholic who became a daily communicant. She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California. She was good friends with actress Loretta Young and remained close to others like Jimmy Stewart.
    In 1965, she became a board member of Technicolor, the first woman ever elected to the board of directors.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1957
    Age 58
    In 1957, President Eisenhower appointed Dunne one of five alternative U.S. delegates to the United Nations in recognition of her interest in international affairs and Roman Catholic and Republican causes.
    More Details Hide Details In her retirement, she devoted herself primarily to civic, philanthropic, and Republican political causes.
  • 1955
    Age 56
    Dunne was present at Disneyland on "Dedication Day" in 1955 and was asked by Walt Disney to christen the Mark Twain River Boat, which she did with a bottle filled with water from several major rivers across the United States.
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  • 1952
    Age 53
    In 1952-53, Dunne played newspaper editor Susan Armstrong in the radio program Bright Star.
    More Details Hide Details The syndicated 30-minute comedy-drama also starred Fred MacMurray. Dunne commented in an interview that she had lacked the "terrifying ambition" of some other actresses and said, "I drifted into acting and drifted out. Acting is not everything. Living is."
    The comedy It Grows on Trees of 1952 turned out to be Dunne's last screen performance, although she remained on the lookout for suitable film scripts for years afterwards.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, she was the opening act on the 1953 March of Dimes showcase in New York City. While in town, she made an appearance as the mystery guest on What's My Line? She also made television performances on Ford Theatre, General Electric Theater, and the Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, continuing to act until 1962.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1936
    Age 37
    Dunne moved to Hollywood with her mother and brother and maintained a long-distance marriage with her husband in New York until he joined her in California in 1936.
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  • 1935
    Age 36
    She starred, and sang "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", in the 1935 Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers film version of the musical Roberta.
    More Details Hide Details Dunne was apprehensive about attempting her first comedy role, as the title character in Theodora Goes Wild (1936), but discovered that she enjoyed it. She turned out to possess an aptitude for comedy, with a flair for combining the elegant and the madcap, a quality she displayed in such films as The Awful Truth (1937) and My Favorite Wife (1940), both co-starring Cary Grant. Other notable roles include Julie Gardiner Adams in Penny Serenade (1941) (once again opposite Grant), Anna Leonowens in Anna and the King of Siam (1946), Lavinia Day in Life with Father (1947), and Marta Hanson in I Remember Mama (1948). In The Mudlark (1950), she was nearly unrecognizable under heavy makeup as Queen Victoria.
  • 1930
    Age 31
    She signed a contract with RKO and appeared in her first movie in 1930, Leathernecking, a film version of the musical Present Arms.
    More Details Hide Details Already in her thirties when she made her first film, she would be in competition with younger actresses for roles, and found it advantageous to evade questions that would reveal her age. Her publicists encouraged the belief that she was born in 1901 or 1904, and the former is the date engraved on her tombstone.
  • 1929
    Age 30
    She was discovered by Hollywood while starring with the road company of Show Boat in 1929.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1927
    Age 28
    On July 16, 1927, Dunne married Francis Griffin, a New York dentist, whom she had met in 1924 at a supper dance in New York.
    More Details Hide Details Despite differing opinions and battles that raged furiously, Dunne eventually agreed to marry him and leave the theater. Dunne's role as Magnolia Hawks in Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Show Boat was the result of a chance meeting with showman Florenz Ziegfeld in an elevator the day she returned from her honeymoon.
  • 1921
    Age 22
    Irene, after adding an "e" to her surname, turned to musical theater. She toured several provincial cities in 1921-22 playing the lead role in the popular play "Irene", before making her Broadway debut in 1922 in Zelda Sears's The Clinging Vine.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Dunne played a season of light opera in Atlanta, Georgia. Though in her own words Dunne created "no great furor", by 1929 she had a successful Broadway career playing leading roles, grateful to be at center stage rather than in the chorus line.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1916
    Age 17
    Nicknamed "Dunnie," she took piano and voice lessons, sang in local churches and high school plays before her graduation in 1916.
    More Details Hide Details Dunne earned a diploma to teach art, but took a chance on a contest and won a prestigious scholarship to the Chicago Musical College, where she graduated in 1926. With a soprano voice, she had hopes of becoming an opera singer, but did not pass the audition with the Metropolitan Opera Company.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1898
    Born
    Born on December 20, 1898.
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