Irene Dunne

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  • Birth Name: Irene Marie Dunn
  • Birth Place: Louisville, KY
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 12/20/1898, Sagittarius
  • Date of Death: 09/04/1990
  • Profession: Actor; singer
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Irene Dunne Fast Facts:
  • Studied to become an opera singer, but a failed audition at the Metropolitan Opera led her to acting.
  • Her career took off when she was cast as Magnolia in the road production of Florenz Ziegfeld's Show Boat in 1929.
  • Cary Grant called her his favorite actress to work with.
  • Following her retirement from films, she devoted much of her time to Republican political causes and Catholic charities.
  • Her grave site lists her birth year as 1901, though she was actually born in 1898.
  • Irene Dunne Relationships:
  • Joseph John Dunn - Father
  • Mary Frances Griffin - Daughter
  • Francis Griffin - Husband (deceased)
  • Charles Dunn - Brother
  • Adelaide Antoinette Dunn - Mother
  • Irene Dunne Awards:
  • 1937 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1948 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1936 Oscar: Best Actress - Nominee
  • 1939 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1931 Oscar: Best Actress - Nominee
  • College:
  • Chicago Musical College, Chicago, IL

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