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Birth information

20 December 1898 Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Death information

4 September 1990 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Irene Marie Dunn

Nickname

First Lady of Hollywood

How tall is Irene Dunne?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Francis Dennis Griffin

Life Story of Irene Dunne

Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of five. Her "debut" set the tone for a fabulous career. Following the tragic death of her father when she was 12, she moved with her remaining family to the picturesque and historic town of Madison, Indiana, to live with her maternal grandparents at 916 W. Second St. During the next few years Irene studied voice and took piano lessons in town. She was able to earn money singing in the Christ Episcopal Church choir on Sundays. After graduating from Madison High School in 1916, she studied until 1917 in a music conservatory in Indianapolis. After that she accepted a teaching post as a music and art instructor in East Chicago, Indiana, just a stone's throw from Chicago. She never made it to the school. While on her way to East Chicago, she saw a newspaper ad in the Indianapolis Star and News for an annual scholarship contest run by the Chicago Music College. Irene won the contest,...

How much money has Irene Dunne earned?

Magnificent Obsession (1935) $150,000
I Remember Mama (1948) $100,000

Publications and Magazines about Irene Dunne

Margie Schultz Irene Dunne: A Bio-Bibliography. 1991
Wes D. Gehring Irene Dunne: First Lady of Hollywood. 2004
Jean Tulard Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs. 2001

What movies did Irene Dunne play or participate?

Actors Filmography
General Electric Theater (1962) Margaret Henderson, Saints and Sinners (1962) Anita Farrell, Insight (1962) Gertrude le Forte, Frontier Circus (1961) Dr. Sam Applewhite, The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959) Dr. Gina Kerstas, The Christophers (1958) , The Ford Television Theatre (1956) Sheila Chester / Janet Wilson / Marion Clark / ..., The Jack Benny Program (1953) Irene Dunne, Schlitz Playhouse (1952) Hostess, It Grows on Trees (1952) Polly Baxter, The Mudlark (1950) Queen Victoria, Never a Dull Moment (1950) Kay, I Remember Mama (1948) Mama, Life...

Birth information

20 December 1898 Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Death information

4 September 1990 Los Angeles, California, USA

Given Name

Irene Marie Dunn

Nickname

First Lady of Hollywood

How tall is Irene Dunne?

1.65 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Francis Dennis Griffin

Life Story of Irene Dunne

Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of five. Her "debut" set the tone for a fabulous career. Following the tragic death of her father when she was 12, she moved with her remaining family to the picturesque and historic town of Madison, Indiana, to live with her maternal grandparents at 916 W. Second St. During the next few years Irene studied voice and took piano lessons in town. She was able to earn money singing in the Christ Episcopal Church choir on Sundays. After graduating from Madison High School in 1916, she studied until 1917 in a music conservatory in Indianapolis. After that she accepted a teaching post as a music and art instructor in East Chicago, Indiana, just a stone's throw from Chicago. She never made it to the school. While on her way to East Chicago, she saw a newspaper ad in the Indianapolis Star and News for an annual scholarship contest run by the Chicago Music College. Irene won the contest,...

How much money has Irene Dunne earned?

Magnificent Obsession (1935) $150,000
I Remember Mama (1948) $100,000

Publications and Magazines about Irene Dunne

Margie Schultz Irene Dunne: A Bio-Bibliography. 1991
Wes D. Gehring Irene Dunne: First Lady of Hollywood. 2004
Jean Tulard Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs. 2001

What movies did Irene Dunne play or participate?

Actors Filmography
General Electric Theater (1962) Margaret Henderson, Saints and Sinners (1962) Anita Farrell, Insight (1962) Gertrude le Forte, Frontier Circus (1961) Dr. Sam Applewhite, The DuPont Show with June Allyson (1959) Dr. Gina Kerstas, The Christophers (1958) , The Ford Television Theatre (1956) Sheila Chester / Janet Wilson / Marion Clark / ..., The Jack Benny Program (1953) Irene Dunne, Schlitz Playhouse (1952) Hostess, It Grows on Trees (1952) Polly Baxter, The Mudlark (1950) Queen Victoria, Never a Dull Moment (1950) Kay, I Remember Mama (1948) Mama, Life...

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Irene Dunne in Over 21 (1945)

Was discovered for films while appearing in the first national touring company of "Show Boat" in 1929. She played and sang the role of Magnolia, and repeated her performance in Show Boat (1936).

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Charles Boyer, Irene Dunne, and Fritz Feld in When Tomorrow Comes (1939)

In 1968, she was named one of Colorado's Women of achievement.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 145-146. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

She was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

During her marriage to Dr. Frank Griffin, Irene adopted a child, Mary Frances. The child was adopted in 1938 at the age of four from the New York Foundling Hospital.

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Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Irene claimed that always getting enough sleep kept her looking young. Her studio contracts allowed her to start work as late as 10 A.M. and leave by 6 P.M.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Her only full color production (in three-strip Technicolor) was Life with Father (1947) in which she co-starred with William Powell. (Her debut film Leathernecking (1930), of which no print is known to survive, featured a sequence in two-color Technicolor.).

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Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 261-263. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

After her death, her Holmby Hills home was listed for sale for $6.9 million. One of the realtors was William Bakewell who had acted with Irene in Back Street (1932).

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

She was one of the most active supporters of the Republican Party in Hollywood, and campaigned for Richard Nixon in 1960. She later supported Ronald Reagan's two runs for Governor of California and his two presidential campaigns.

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Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, and Edgar Buchanan in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Her grandson married writer Vanna Bonta in her home.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

After retiring from acting, Dunne devoted herself primarily to Republican Party political causes.

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Irene Dunne and Beulah Bondi in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Her adopted daughter Mary Frances was nicknamed Murph.

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Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Loretta Young, was one of Irene's closest friends. Back in the day, Loretta had a girls club for her friends, they met once a week and some of the members were Anita Louise, Irene Dunne and Loretta's two sisters as well.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

She has two great-grandchildren from yoga instructor granddaughter Ann Shinnick Streibich.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Friends with Loretta Young, Bob Hope, James Stewart, Ricardo Montalban, Roddy McDowall, Caesar Romero, director Bill Freye, and interfaith foundation director Daniel Donahue.

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Irene Dunne and Edgar Buchanan in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Smashed the traditional champagne bottle on the bow of the Liberty Ship S.S. Carole Lombard at its launching ceremony.

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Cary Grant and Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

Was considered for the role of Mildred Rogers in Of Human Bondage (1934), but Bette Davis was cast instead.

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Irene Dunne in Akkorde der Liebe (1941)

She has an entry in Jean Tulard's "Dictionnaire du Cinéma/Les Acteurs" published in Paris in 2007 (ISBN: 978-2-221-10895-6), pages 384, 385.

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Irene Dunne and Edna May Oliver in Ann Vickers (1933)

Her last official public appearance was in December 1985 for the Kennedy Center honors in Washington. She collapsed at the Saturday night reception after the group photograph of the honorees and was unable to attend the gala the next night.

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Irene Dunne in Consolation Marriage (1931)

Because she rode riverboats as a girl in Kentucky and starred in Show Boat (1936), she was chosen by Walt Disney to christen the stern-wheel riverboat "Mark Twain" when Disneyland officially opened in Anaheim, California on July 17, 1955.

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Irene Dunne in Consolation Marriage (1931)

Was considered for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939), which went to Vivien Leigh.

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Irene Dunne and Pat O'Brien in Consolation Marriage (1931)

She played Cary Grant's wife in three movies: The Awful Truth (1937), My Favorite Wife (1940) and Penny Serenade (1941).

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Irene Dunne and Pat O'Brien in Consolation Marriage (1931)

Mary Pickford was considered for the role of Vinnie in Life with Father (1947). While Miss Pickford was interested in the project, director Michael Curtiz held out for Irene Dunne. He eventually won over the studio administration with convincing argument that Miss Dunne's box office appeal was a known quantity. Miss Pickford's, after such a long absence from the screen, was questionable.

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Charles Bickford, Irene Dunne, and Gwili Andre in No Other Woman (1933)

Irene possessed a beautiful singing voice. In the 1944 movie "Together again" she sings in Spanish Gardel's tango "Adiós muchachos".

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Charles Bickford and Irene Dunne in No Other Woman (1933)

Stars in three Oscar Best Picture nominees; Cimarron (1931), The Awful Truth (1937) and Love Affair (1939). Only the first of these won.

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Charles Bickford and Irene Dunne in No Other Woman (1933)

Lost the Best Actress Oscar to Luise Rainer twice back-to-back for films released in 1936 and 1937.

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Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne, Phyllis Fraser, Mary Duncan, Peg Entwistle, Jill Esmond, etc.

On August 16, 2019, she was honored with a day of her film work during the Turner Classic Movies Summer Under the Stars.

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Irene Dunne and Ricardo Cortez in Symphony of Six Million (1932)

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Irene Dunne in Bachelor Apartment (1931)

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Irene Dunne in Bachelor Apartment (1931)

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Irene Dunne and Lowell Sherman in Bachelor Apartment (1931)

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Irene Dunne and Clive Brook in If I Were Free (1933)

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Irene Dunne and John Boles in Seitenwege des Lebens (1932)

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