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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 2 wins. See more awards »

Known For

Penny Serenade
Penny Serenade Julie Gardiner
(1941)
The Awful Truth
The Awful Truth Lucy Warriner
(1937)
Love Affair
Love Affair Terry McKay
(1939)
My Favorite Wife
My Favorite Wife Ellen Wagstaff Arden
(1940)

Filmography

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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)
Hostess
- 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
Vinnie
 1941 Unfinished Business
Nancy Andrews
 1939 When Tomorrow Comes
Helen Lawrence
 1934 Stingaree
Hilda
 1934 This Man Is Mine
Tony Dunlap
 1933 No Other Woman
Anna Stanley
 1932 Back Street
Ray Schmidt
 1932 Symphony of Six Million
Jessica
 1931 Bachelor Apartment
Helene Andrews
 1931 The Stolen Jools (Short)
Irene Dunne
 1930 Leathernecking
Delphine Witherspoon
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Stage: Appeared (as "Polly") in "She's My Baby" on Broadway. Musical comedy/farce. Book by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby. Music by Richard Rodgers. Lyrics by Lorenz Hart. Special Augmented Orchestra under the direction of: Gene Salzer. Costume Design by Francillon Inc. and Raymond Sovey. Scenic Design by Raymond Sovey. Choreographed by ... See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 2 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Height:

5' 5" (1.65 m)
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Personal Quote:

For six years I was known as a long-suffering heroine. I certainly wanted to get out of that, but I never thought of doing straight comedy. It wasn't as satisfying to the serious actress in me as a tear-jerker like Magnificent Obsession (1935), a part I could get my teeth into. See more »

Trivia:

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. See more »

Nickname:

First Lady of Hollywood

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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