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.

Awards

  • 1937, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1931, Oscar — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1948, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1936, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Adelaide Antoinette Dunn — Mother
  • Mary Frances Griffin — Daughter
  • Francis Griffin — Husband (deceased)
  • Charles Dunn — Brother
  • Joseph John Dunn — Father

College

  • Chicago Musical College, Chicago, IL

Details

  • Birth Name: Irene Marie Dunn
  • Birth Place: Louisville, KY
  • Birthday: December 20, 1898, Sagittarius
  • Died: September 4, 1990
  • Profession: Actor, Singer
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