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



No Score Yet 33% It Grows on Trees Polly Baxter (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet 42% The Mudlark Queen Victoria (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 20% Never a Dull Moment Kay Kingsley Heyward (Character) - 1950
100% 83% I Remember Mama Mama (Character) - 1948
92% 78% Life With Father Vinnie Day (Character) - 1947
88% 68% Anna and the King of Siam Anna Owens (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Over 21 Paula "Polly" Wharton (Character) - 1945
No Score Yet No Score Yet Together Again Anne Crandall (Character) - 1944
80% 55% The White Cliffs of Dover Susan Ashwood (Character) - 1944
67% 72% 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
85% 82% My Favorite Wife Ellen (Character) - 1940
86% 71% Love Affair Terry (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet No Score Yet Invitation to Happiness Eleanor Wayne (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 43% When Tomorrow Comes Helen Lawrence (Character) - 1939
No Score Yet 47% Joy of Living Margaret "Maggie" Garret (Character) - 1938
No Score Yet No Score Yet High, Wide and Handsome Sally Watterson (Character) - 1937
93% 87% The Awful Truth Lucy Warriner (Character) - 1937
100% 74% Show Boat Magnolia Hawks (Character) - 1936
No Score Yet 73% Theodora Goes Wild Theodora Lynn/Carolin Adams (Character) - 1936
80% 53% Magnificent Obsession Helen Hudson (Character) - 1935
86% 65% Roberta Stephanie (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 50% Sweet Adeline Adeline "Addie" Schmidt (Character) - 1935
No Score Yet 20% The Age of Innocence Ellen (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 No Score Yet The Silver Cord Christina Phelps (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet If I Were Free Sarah Cazenove (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Secret of Madame Blanche Sally Sanders St. John (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet 36% Ann Vickers Ann Vickers (Character) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet No Other Woman Anna Stanley (Character) - 1933
56% 34% Thirteen Women Laura Stanhope (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 46% Back Street Ray Schmidt (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet No Score Yet Symphony of Six Million Jessica (Character) - 1932
No Score Yet 17% Consolation Marriage Mary Brown Porter (Character) - 1931
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Great Lover Diana (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 June Allyson Show Unknown (Character) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1957 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Jack Benny Program Guest 1953


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