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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 29 October 1925Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Date of Death 26 August 2009Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  (bladder cancer)
Nickname Nick

Mini Bio (1)

Dominick Dunne was born on October 29, 1925 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He was a producer and assistant director, known for Dominick Dunne: After the Party (2008), Black White + Gray: A Portrait of Sam Wagstaff and Robert Mapplethorpe (2007) and The Panic in Needle Park (1971). He was married to Ellen Beatriz Griffin (as Lenny Dunne). He died on August 26, 2009 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

Spouse (1)

Ellen Beatriz Griffin (as Lenny Dunne) (24 April 1954 - 1969) (divorced) (5 children)

Trivia (10)

Father of actor/director/writer Griffin Dunne, Dominique Dunne and Alexander Dunne.
Older brother of John Gregory Dunne.
Won a Bronze Star for saving another soldier during the Battle of the Bulge.
His "big break" in the literary world came by chance: he was seated next to Vanity Fair editor Tina Brown at a dinner party.
Graduated from Williams College.
Brother-in-law of Joan Didion.
Father-in-law of Carey Lowell (during her marriage to son Griffin).
Was good friends with Alfred Hitchcock and Graydon Carter.
Grandfather of Hannah Dunne.
He and wife Ellen Griffin (Lenny) had 5 children: 3 daughters, 2 sons. Two daughters died in infancy, Dominique was murdered in 1982, and Griffin and Alex survived them.

Personal Quotes (2)

When you're down and out, there's no meaner place to live than Hollywood. You can get away with your embezzlements and your lies and your murders, but you can never get away with failing.
For me, the path of failure exceeded by far the joys of success. My plight was hopeless. I almost jumped in front of a train in Santa Barbara. At the last second I let it pass me. I had a major flirtation with a kitchen knife that I took to bed with me. The love that I felt for Los Angeles turned to hate. I ran from there.

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