Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Irene Dunne Biography (1901?-1990)
Full name, Irene Marie Dunne; born December 20, 1901 (other sources say 1898,1904, or 1907), in Louisville, KY; died September 4, 1990, in Hollywood, CA;daughter of Joseph John and Adelaide Antoinette (Henry) Dunne; married Francis D. Griffin, July 16, 1928 (died, 1965); children: Mary Frances.
- actress, singer
- Birth Details
- December 20, 1901?
- Louisville, Kentucky, United States
- Death Details
- September 4, 1990
- Hollywood, California, United States
Credits; Stage Appearances
- (Broadway debut) Tessie, The Clinging Vine, Knickerbocker Theatre,New York City, 1922.
- Grace Bartlett, The City Chap, Liberty Theatre, New York City, 1925.
- Diana, Yours Truly, Shubert Theatre, New York City, 1927.
- Polly, She's My Baby, Globe Theatre, New York City, 1928.
- Arlette, Luckee Girl, Casino Theatre, New York City, 1928.
- Made stage debut in Irene, Chicago, 1920; also appeared in Lollipop, as Magnolia in Show Boat, and in a touring production of Sweetheart Time.
Credits; Film Appearances
- Delphine, Leathernecking (also known as Present Arms), RKORadio Pictures, 1930.
- Helene Andrews, Bachelor Apartment, RKO Radio Pictures, 1931.
- Sabra Cravat, Cimarron, RKO Radio Pictures, 1931.
- Mary, Consolation Marriage (also known as Married in Haste), RKO Radio Pictures, 1931.
- Diana Page, The Great Lover, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), 1931.
Back Street, Universal, 1932.
- Jessica, Symphony of Six Million (also known as Melody of Life), RKO Radio Pictures, 1932.
- Laura Stanhope, Thirteen Women, RKO Radio Pictures, 1932.
- Title role, Ann Vickers, RKO Radio Pictures, 1933.
- Sarah Cazenove, If I Were Free (also known as Behold We Live), RKO Radio Pictures, 1933.
- Sally, The Secret of Madame Blanche, MGM, 1933.
- Anna Stanley, No Other Woman, RKO Radio Pictures, 1933.
- Christina Phelps, The Silver Cord, RKO Radio Pictures, 1933.
- Countess Ellen Olenska, Age of Innocence, RKO Radio Pictures, 1934.
- Hilda Bouverie, Stingaree, RKO Radio Pictures, 1934.
- Toni Dunlap, This Man Is Mine, RKO Radio Pictures, 1934.
- Stephanie, Roberta, RKO Radio Pictures, 1934.
- Helen Hudson, Magnificent Obsession, Universal, 1935.
- Adeline Schmidt, Sweet Adeline, Warner Bros., 1935.
- Magnolia Hawks, Show Boat, Universal, 1936.
- Theodora Lynn, Theodora Goes Wild, Columbia, 1936.
- Lucy Warriner, The Awful Truth, Columbia, 1937.
- Sally Watterson, High Wide and Handsome, Paramount, 1937.
- Margaret "Maggie" Garret, Joy of Living, RKO Radio Pictures, 1938.
- Terry McKay, Love Affair, RKO Radio Pictures, 1939.
- Eleanor Wayne, Invitation to Happiness, Paramount, 1939.
- Helen, When Tomorrow Comes, Universal, 1939.
- Ellen Arden, My Favorite Wife, RKO Radio Pictures, 1940.
- Julie Gardiner Adams, Penny Serenade, Columbia, 1941.
- Nancy Andrews, Unfinished Business, Universal, 1941.
- Jane Palmer, Lady in a Jam, Universal, 1942.
- Dorinda Durston, A Guy Named Joe, MGM, 1943.
- Susan Dunn Ashwood, The White Cliffs of Dover, MGM, 1944.
- Anne Crandall, Together Again, Columbia, 1944.
- Paula Wharton, Over 21, Columbia, 1945.
- Anna, Anna and the King of Siam, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1946.
- Vinnie Day, Life with Father, Warner Bros., 1947.
- Mama, I Remember Mama, RKO Radio Pictures, 1948.
- Kay, Never a Dull Moment, RKO Radio Pictures, 1950.
- Queen Victoria, The Mudlark, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1950.
- Polly Baxter, It Grows on Trees, Universal, 1952.
- Also appeared in The Stolen Jools (also known as The Slippery Pearls), 1931.
Credits; Television Appearances
- Hostess, Playhouse of Stars (anthology), CBS, 1952.
- Hostess, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (series), CBS, 1952.
- Appeared in Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1985, It's Showtime, Ford Television Theatre, The June AllysonShow, The Loretta Young Show, and The General Electric Theatre.
Credits; Radio Appearances
- Recreated numerous film roles for the Lux Radio Theatre, 1940-51.
Obituaries and Other Sources: Periodicals
- Film Comment, January-February, 1980.
- New York Times, September 6, 1990, p. D21.
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