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      Irene Dunne

      Irene Dunne

      Highest Rated: 100% Show Boat (1936)

      Lowest Rated: 50% Cimarron (1931)

      Birthday: Dec 20, 1898

      Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

      Affectionately nicknamed "The Iron Maiden," lovely Irene Dunne hoped to have a career in opera, but her singing skills ultimately led instead to Broadway and movie stardom. On the basis of her early film credits, which were dominated by such dramas as "The Age of Innocence" (1934) and Magnificent Obsession" (1935) and musicals like "Show Boat" (1936), Dunne surprised some critics and audience members with her considerable comedic flair on view in such highly regarded pictures as "Theodora Goes Wild" (1936) and "The Awful Truth" (1937). She also continued to excel in dramatic parts, with her portrayals in "Penny Serenade" (1941) and "I Remember Mama" (1948) being of particular note. In spite of often excellent performances, Dunne never won an Academy Award and that led in later years for her to be called the finest American actress to have never received that honor. Regardless, Dunne was highly respected by her peers and her decision to retire comparatively early was viewed as a way to exit the business on a high note, while she still had some say in the roles being offered. Dunne's talent in the areas of drama, comedy, song and dance made her one of the most multi-facetted performers of the 1930s and '40s and the consistent quality of that work made her much beloved among fans of classic Hollywood cinema.

      Highest rated movies

      100% I Remember Mama
      100% Show Boat
      94% Penny Serenade
      92% Life With Father
      92% Love Affair
      91% The Awful Truth
      89% Anna and the King of Siam
      86% My Favorite Wife

      Photos

      IT GROWS ON TREES, Irene Dunne, Dean Jagger, 1952 LIFE WITH FATHER, Irene Dunne, 1947 I REMEMBER MAMA, Irene Dunne, 1948 BACK STREET, Irene Dunne, 1932 THE WHITE CLIFFS OF DOVER, Irene Dunne, Alan Marshal, 1944 THE MUDLARK, Irene Dunne, 1950, as Queen Victoria ROBERTA, Irene Dunne, 1935 THEODORA GOES WILD, Irene Dunne, 1936 WHEN TOMORROW COMES, Irene Dunne, 1939 I REMEMBER MAMA, Steve Brown, Irene Dunne, Barbara Bel Geddes, 1948 ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, Irene Dunne, 1946 A GUY NAMED JOE, Irene Dunne, Spencer Tracy, 1943 ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM, Irene Dunne, 1946 THE AWFUL TRUTH, Cary Grant, Irene Dunne, 1937 UNFINISHED BUSINESS, Irene Dunne, 1941 OVER 21, Irene Dunne, 1945 LOVE AFFAIR, Irene Dunne, Charles Boyer, 1939 LADY IN A JAM, Irene Dunne, 1942 HIGH, WIDE AND HANDSOME, Irene Dunne, 1937 SHOW BOAT, Irene Dunne, 1936

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 29% It Grows on Trees Polly Baxter (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 38% The Mudlark Queen Victoria (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 29% Never a Dull Moment Kay Kingsley Heyward (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet You Can Change the World Self - 1950
      100% 84% I Remember Mama Mama (Character) - 1948
      92% 77% Life With Father Vinnie Day (Character) - 1947
      89% 69% Anna and the King of Siam Anna Owens (Character) - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Over 21 Paula "Polly" Wharton (Character) - 1945
      80% 57% The White Cliffs of Dover Susan Ashwood (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Together Again Anne Crandall (Character) - 1944
      67% 73% A Guy Named Joe Dorinda Durston (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lady in a Jam Jane Palmer (Character) - 1942
      94% 75% Penny Serenade Julie Gardiner Adams (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Unfinished Business Nancy Andrews (Character) - 1941
      86% 82% My Favorite Wife Ellen (Character) - 1940
      92% 70% Love Affair Terry (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Invitation to Happiness Eleanor Wayne (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 50% When Tomorrow Comes Helen Lawrence (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 53% Joy of Living Margaret "Maggie" Garret (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 40% High, Wide and Handsome Sally Watterson (Character) - 1937
      91% 87% The Awful Truth Lucy Warriner (Character) - 1937
      100% 73% Show Boat Magnolia Hawks (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet 74% Theodora Goes Wild Theodora Lynn/Carolin Adams (Character) - 1936
      86% 65% Roberta Stephanie (Character) - 1935
      67% 53% Magnificent Obsession Helen Hudson (Character) - 1935
      No Score Yet 43% Sweet Adeline Adeline "Addie" Schmidt (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 40% Stingaree Hilda Bouverie (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet This Man Is Mine Tony Dunlap (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet 33% The Age of Innocence Ellen (Character) - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet If I Were Free Sarah Cazenove (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet 42% Ann Vickers Ann Vickers (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Silver Cord Christina Phelps (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche Sally Sanders St. John (Character) - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet No Other Woman Anna Stanley (Character) - 1933
      60% 38% Thirteen Women Laura Stanhope (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Symphony of Six Million Jessica (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 53% Back Street Ray Schmidt (Character) - 1932
      No Score Yet 17% Consolation Marriage Mary Brown Porter (Character) - 1931
      50% 25% Cimarron Sabra Cravat (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bachelor Apartment Helene Andrews (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Lover Diana (Character) - 1931
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Leathernecking Delphine Witherspoon (Character) - 1930

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1953 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program: The Lost Episodes Guest 1953