Irene Dunne was one of the top film stars of the 1930s and 1940s and a pioneer in establishing contract rights for Hollywood actors and actresses.
Five times nominated for an Academy Award but never a winner, she was a longtime "bankable" box-office star whose combination of beauty, intelligence, innocent allure and highly trained voice allowed her to play leading ladies in films as varied as screwball comedies and romantic dramas.
Later on in life, she was named an alternate delegate to the United Nations by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957, won Senate confirmation without dissent, served for two years and twice addressed the U.N. General Assembly.
|1936||Best Actress||Theodora Goes Wild||Nomination|
|1937||Best Actress||The Awful Truth||Nomination|
|1939||Best Actress||Love Affair||Nomination|
|1948||Best Actress||I Remember Mama||Nomination|