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Irene Dunne ACTOR


Irene Dunne was born on December 20th, 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky with the middle name Dunn, born to Joseph Dunn and Adelaide Henry who was a professional musician.  At the young age of five, Irene was already performing on stage appearing in such productions as, "A Midsummer Night's Dream".  Sadly, at the age of twelve her father passed away and she moved with her family to live with her grandparents in Madison, Indiana.  She took up piano and singing lessons and would perform at the local church every Sunday.
After earning her high school diploma from Madison High, Irene went on to study music at the music conservatory in Indianapolis.  She then found work as a music instructor, however prior to starting her job she entered a contest for a scholarship to study music at the Chicago Music College and won a one year study free program. 
After a year of furthering her music education, she relocated to new York and found work in a number of off-Broadway plays such as, "Show Boat" which helped catch the attention of Hollywood.  Soon RKO Pictures offered her a contract and she was working in the film industry appearing on such features as, "Leathernecking" (1930), "Cimarron" (1931), "No Other Woman" (1933),"Ann Vickers" (1933), "Theodora Goes Wild" (1936) and "It Happened One Night" (1934), which earned her a second Academy Award nomination.
As her career progressed, Irene earned her third Academy Award nomination for her role in the film, "The Awful Truth" (1937) followed by more successful film roles in, "Love Affair" (1939), "My Favorite Wife" (1940), "Penny Serenade" (1941) and "I Remember Mama" (1948), earning yet another Academy Award nomination.
Some of her latest roles prior to retiring from the industry were in the films, "Never a Dull Moment" (1950) and "It Grows on Trees" (1952).  Along with film work, she began to put more focus towards television roles with guest appearances on, "The Loretta Young Show" and "The Jack Benny Program".
After retiring, Irene focused her time towards a number of charitable contributions.  She donated, $10,000 to the restoring of a fountain in her home town.  She devoted a lot of her time to Republican party political causes.  She was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the Motion Picture Industry.  In 1965 she became the first woman ever elected to the board of director of Technicolor and in 1968 she was named as one of Colorado's Women of achievement.
Irene married only one time to Francis Dennis Griffen in 1928 and they had one adopted daughter and remained married until he passed away in 1965.  She never re-married and lived in Los Angeles, California until she passed from heart failure on September 4th, 1990.  Her remains are entombed in the Calvary Cemetery in Los Angeles, California.


1962   Saints and Sinners 

1962   G.E. True Theater

1962   Insight 

1961   Frontier Circus 

1959   The DuPont Show with June Allyson 

1958   The Christophers 

1954-1956  The Ford Television Theatre 

1955   The Loretta Young Show

1953   The Jack Benny Program 

1952   It Grows on Trees 

1952   Schlitz Playhouse

1950   The Mudlark 

1950   Never a Dull Moment 

1948   I Remember Mama 

1947   Life with Father 

1946   Anna and the King of Siam 

1945   Over 21 

1944   Together Again 

1944   The White Cliffs of Dover 

1943   A Guy Named Joe 

1942   Lady in a Jam 

1941   Unfinished Business

1941   Penny Serenade 

1940   My Favorite Wife 

1939   When Tomorrow Comes

1939   Invitation to Happiness

1939   Love Affair 

1938   Joy of Living 

1937   The Awful Truth

1937   High, Wide, and Handsome

1936   Theodora Goes Wild

1936   Show Boat 

1935   Magnificent Obsession 

1935   Roberta

1934   Sweet Adeline 

1934   The Age of Innocence 

1934   Stingaree 

1934   This Man Is Mine 

1933   If I Were Free

1933   Ann Vickers

1933   The Silver Cord

1933   The Secret of Madame Blanche

1933   No Other Woman 

1932   Thirteen Women

1932   Back Street 

1932   Symphony of Six Million 

1931   Consolation Marriage 

1931   The Great Lover

1931   Bachelor Apartment

1931   Cimarron

1930   Leathernecking

Matinee Classics - Life With Father starring William Powell, Irene Dunne, Elizabeth Taylor, Edmund Gwenn, Zasu Pitts and Jimmy Lydon
Matinee Classics - Bright Star radio show with Fred MacMurray and Irene Dunne
Matinee Classics - Actress Irene Dunne
Matinee Classics - Penny Serenade starring Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, Beulah Bondi, Edgar Buchanan, Ann Doran and Eva Lee Kuney
Matinee Classics - Roberta starring Irene Dunne, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Helen Westley, Claire Dodd, Victor Varconi, Luis Alberni, Ferdinand Munier, Torben Meyer, Adrian Rosley, Bodil Rosing, Gene Sheldon and Lucille Ball

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