Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne


Irene Dunne
Film: South side of the 6400 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actress | Singer
Born Dec. 20, 1898 in Louisville, KY
Died Sept. 4, 1990 in Holmby Hills, CA

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.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1930 Best Actress Cimarron Nomination
    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

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