Hollywood Good Girl Irene Dunne

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Irene Dunne was truly a Hollywood Good Girl and best buddy to another Good Girl, Loretta Young. Irene met Francis Dennis Griffin a promising young Dentist at a dance in 1928, married him and stayed married to him until his death 37 years later. She was nominated for five Best Actress Awards (Cimarron, Theodora Goes Wild, The Awful Truth, Love Affair, I Remember Mama) unfortunately she is on the short list of never having received an Oscar after being nominated so many times. In 1944 she christened a newly built Liberty Ship the S.S. Carole Lombard. Irene retired from movies in the early 1950’s and then spent her time doing charitable works and public service. She was involved with the Red Cross, the American Cancer Society and was appointed as a special delegate to the United Nations in 1957. She received the Laetare Medal from the University of Notre Dame as an outstanding member of the United States Catholic Laity, and was honored in 1985 by the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for her acting and charitable works. Unfortunately the Academy never got around to awarding Irene even an Honorary Oscar before she passed in 1990. I’m sure she never obsessed about it though, she was one girl that has many stars in her crown.

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  1. Lisa Brooks says:

    Who says good girls finish last? This was certainly not the case with Irene Dunne. She is perhaps the least well remembered star from the golden age of cinema (particularly the screwball comedy genre) but is by far the most accomplished where the real world is concerned. Her good works and character far outweigh any accolades Tinseltown could have bestowed. I kind of think that her Hollywood gig was her 9-to-5 and family and real world causes were her reality and mainstays.

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