December 5, 1985 |
"You don't have to do anything," Irene Dunne was saying. "You just sit and watch. It's quite wonderful. And they don't give you a clue as to what they're going to do. But they've been after me for weeks for baby pictures, pictures when I was 4, pictures of my mother, and of course they're getting clips from my movies."
October 21, 2007 |
ACTRESS Irene Dunne, who starred opposite the likes of Cary Grant and Spencer Tracy, lived for more than 40 years in a French colonial-style house on the site of this estate in Holmby Hills. After Dunne died at age 88 in 1990, her Paul Williams-designed home was razed, and this manor, designed by Kevin Clark, took its place. It was completed in 1997. Georgian-style with French accents, the house has inlaid marble floors, custom moldings and gold-leaf details.
September 5, 1990 |
Irene Dunne, one of the top film stars of the 1930s and 1940s and a pioneer in establishing contract rights for Hollywood actors and actresses, died Tuesday at her Holmby Hills home of natural causes. She was 88.
November 3, 2002
In David Thomson's article on the homage paid to so-called women's pictures by "Far From Heaven" ("Back to the Days of Subversive Innocence," Oct. 27), he cites the two early versions of "Back Street" with Irene Dunne and Margaret Sullavan. But given the case he makes for the high-gloss, Technicolor films of Douglas Sirk, wouldn't it have made more sense to have also included the 1961 version of this Fannie Hurst story that starred Susan Hayward at her most long-suffering best, with a wardrobe by Jean Louis?
September 7, 1990 |
Good looks helped a lot but they were never quite enough, or quite enough for very long. Each of the great stars of the great days of Hollywood was unique. Irene Dunne, who died on Tuesday evening, was a classic, elegant beauty with a quiet dignity and a personal reserve that contrasted wonderfully with the madcap comedienne she sometimes played (against her own best judgment). The film faithful will have a choice of ways to remember her.