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Irene Dunne 20 Dec 1898 - 4 Sep 1990
On July 16, 1927, Irene married Francis Griffin, a New York dentist. She later moved to Hollywood with her mother and brother and maintained a long-distance marriage with her husband in New York until he joined her in California in 1936. Irene remained married to Dr. Francis Griffin until his death on October 14, 1965. They lived in Holmby Hills, California, in a Southern plantation-style mansion they designed. They had one daughter, Mary Frances (née Anna Mary Bush), who was adopted in 1936 from the New York Foundling Hospital.
She was discovered by Hollywood when starring with the road company of Show Boat in 1929. She signed a contract with RKO and appeared in her first movie, Leathernecking (1930) Irene was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress – for her performances in Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939), and I Remember Mama (1948). In 1985, Irene was given the Kennedy Center Honors for her services to the arts. Irene passed away in Los Angeles on September 4, 1990 aged 91.