Irene Dunne


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Original Name Irene Marie Dunne
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 4 Sep 1990 (aged 91)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Main Mausoleum, Block 353 (near the Christ Crucified Window)
Memorial ID 1815 View Source

Actress. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, early in life took an interest in singing and went to New York City, New York aspiring to be a part of the Metropolitan Opera. This did not work out as she planned but she went on to Chicago, Illinois where she became part of the musical "Irene." In 1929, Showman Florenz Ziegfeld, while riding in an elevator with her "discovered her" and soon after granting her an audition, featured her in the musical "Showboat". She then traveled to California and RKO signed her in 1930, The following year, she was nominated for an Oscar Award for her role in the movie "Cimarron." Her next career highlight was the lead role in "Roberta" (1935) where she introduced the classic song "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." Though she loved acting in dramatic roles, she was found to be a gifted comedic actress. Cary Grant starred with her in the classic "My Favorite Wife" (1940) and went on to say that she was his favorite co-star of all because she "was so much fun to work with." She received five Academy Award nominations, for her performances in "Cimarron" (1931), "Theodora Goes Wild" (1936), "The Awful Truth" (1937), "Love Affair" (1939) and "I Remember Mama" (1948). Her last film was in 1952, though she appeared on television through the early 1960s. She christened the paddlewheeler "Mark Twain" at Disneyland when it opened in 1955. She was involved in several charities and also worked with the United Nations. She passed away in 1990 in Los Angeles, California.

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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Irene Dunne (20 Dec 1898–4 Sep 1990), Find a Grave Memorial ID 1815, citing Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .