- Is one of six children.
- Originally wanted to be a painter.
- Brother and fellow actor Kevin Dunn auditioned for Saturday Night Live and told them they needed to meet his sister; Nora was later hired but Kevin was not.
- Was one of three cast members asked to return to Saturday Night Live following a poor 1985-86 season (Jon Lovitz and Dennis Miller were the other two).
- Boycotted a 1990 Saturday Night Live episode hosted by comedian Andrew Dice Clay because she found his act offensive; left the show shortly afterward.
- In 1991, authored a book titled Nobody's Rib.
- Filmed scenes as a real-estate agent for the movie Father of the Bride Part II, but the part was cut from the final version of the film.
- John Dunn — Father
- Margaret Dunn — Mother
- Jack Dunn — Nephew
- Kevin Dunn — Brother
- Ray Hutcherson — Ex-husband
- Sean McGarry — Husband
- Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, United States (1972); attended City College of San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
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