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Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne


12/20/1898, Louisville, Kentucky



Birth Name

Irene Marie Dunn



Also Known As

Irene Griffin, Irene Dunn
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Born in 1898, Irene Dunne was the daughter of a steamship inspector and a musician. She was encouraged in the arts by her parents, and appeared in her first production at age five in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Louisville. Irene pursued her studies in music, and auditioned…more


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    • Irene: I don't know why the public took a liking to me so fast. Popularity is a curious thing. The public responds to a dimple, a smile, a giggle, a hairstyle, an attitude. Acting talent has less to do with it than personality.

    • Irene Dunne: I appeared with many leading men. But working with Cary Grant was different from working with other actors - he was much more fun! I think we were a successful team because we enjoyed working together tremendously, and that pleasure must have shown through onto the screen ... I will always remember two compliments he made me. He said I had perfect timing in comedy and that I was the sweetest-smelling actress he ever worked with.

    • Irene:(on comedy) It demands more timing, pace, shading and subtlety of emphasis. It is difficult to learn but once it is acquired it can be easily slowed down and becomes an excellent foundation for dramatic acting.

    • Irene: No triumph of either my stage or screen career has ever rivaled the excitement of trips down the Mississippi on the river boats with my father.

    • Trying to build the brotherhood of man without the Fatherhood of God is like having the spokes of a wheel without the hub.

    • Irene: There was one year I did five pictures and I think of all the rewarding other things I could have been accomplishing.

    • Irene: I'll leave the swearing to the Jane Fondas.

    • Irene: That's why there are so few women stars today. Pornography has taken away the mystery.

    • Irene Dunne: Friends invited me to a private screening of Emmanuelle and said I'd learn a few things. But I know all the swear words. I just don't use them. So I declined.