Irene Dunne was an American actress and singer who appeared in Hollywood films during its golden age. She is best known for her comedic roles, despite being in films of varied genres, and has been revered as one of the most notorious Academy Award snubs. Born into a musical and engineering family, Dunne developed an interest in music, drama and countryside life. After her father’s death, her family relocated from Kentucky to Indiana and she became determined to become an opera singer, but when she was rejected by The Met, she performed in musicals on Broadway until she was scouted by RKO and made her Hollywood film debut in the 1930 musical Leathernecking.
|Born:||Irene Marie Dunn, December 20, 1898, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.|
|Died:||September 4, 1990, Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Other names:||The First Lady of Hollywood, Irene Dunne Griffin|
|Alma mater:||Chicago Musical College, Indianapolis Conservatory of Music, Webster College|
|Occupation:||Actress, singer, philanthropist|
|Website:||Irene Dunne’s Official site|
|IMDb:||Irene Dunne’s IMDb|
About Irene Dunne
She played a strong Norwegian mother in I Remember Mama and was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Awful Truth. Her career lasted three decades, and in 1985 she received the Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Award.
She played piano at an early age and hoped to become an opera singer.
She was nominated for Academy Awards for best actress for her work in the films Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild, and Love Affair.
She married dentist Francis Griffin in 1928.
She starred with Charles Boyer on Love Affair.
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- Radio personalities from Louisville, Kentucky
- Chicago Musical College alumni
- Actresses from Louisville, Kentucky
- Recipients of the Papal Lateran Cross
- Actresses from Indiana
- Laetare Medal recipients
- Musicians from Louisville, Kentucky
- Kennedy Center honorees
- Knights of the Holy Sepulchre
- Singers from Kentucky
- American sopranos
- Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract players
- American radio actresses
- Decca Records artists
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