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Irene Dunne (1898–1990)

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 ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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 1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series)
Margaret Henderson
- Go Fight City Hall (1962) ... Margaret Henderson
 1962 Saints and Sinners (TV Series)
Anita Farrell
- Source of Information (1962) ... Anita Farrell
 1962 Insight (TV Series)
Gertrude le Forte
- Beelzebub & the Bolsheviks (1962) ... Gertrude le Forte
 1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Dr. Sam Applewhite
- Dr. Sam (1961) ... Dr. Sam Applewhite
 1959 The DuPont Show with June Allyson (TV Series)
Dr. Gina Kerstas
- The Opening Door (1959) ... Dr. Gina Kerstas
 1958 The Christophers (TV Series)
 1954-1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Sheila Chester / Janet Wilson / Marion Clark / ...
- Sheila (1956) ... Sheila Chester
- On the Beach (1956) ... Janet Wilson
- Touch of Spring (1955) ... Marion Clark
- Sister Veronica (1954) ... Sister Veronica
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
- Drawing Room A (1952)
- Trouble in Pier Twelve (1952) ... Hostess
- The Trail (1952) ... Hostess
- Crossroads (1952) ... Hostess
 1952 It Grows on Trees
Polly Baxter
 1947 Life with Father
 1941 Unfinished Business
Nancy Andrews
 1939 When Tomorrow Comes
Helen Lawrence
 1934 Stingaree
 1934 This Man Is Mine
Tony Dunlap
 1933 No Other Woman
Anna Stanley
 1932 Back Street
Ray Schmidt
 1932 Symphony of Six Million
 1931 The Great Lover
 1931 Bachelor Apartment
Helene Andrews
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Irene Dunne
 1930 Leathernecking
Delphine Witherspoon
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Stage: Appeared (as "Grace Bartlett") in "The City Chap" on Broadway. Musical comedy. Music by Jerome Kern. Book by James Montgomery. Lyrics by Anne Caldwell. Based on a play by Winchell Smith. Music orchestrated by Robert Russell Bennett. Musical Director: Victor Baravalle. Choreographed by Dave Bennett. Directed by R.H. Burnside. ... See more »

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[Comedy] demands more timing, pace, shading and subtlety of emphasis. It is difficult to learn but once it is acquired it can be easily slowed down and becomes an excellent foundation for dramatic acting. See more »


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). See more »


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