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Irene Dunne : first lady of Hollywood

Author: Wes D Gehring
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2003.
Series: Filmmakers series, no. 104.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is the first biography of one of the most versatile actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors award in 1985, Dunne's acting highlights include five Best Actress Oscar nominations, occurring in almost as many different genres: the western Cimarron (1931); two screwball comedies, Theodora goes Wild (1936) and The Awful Truth (1937); the romantic comedy Love Affair (1939); and
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Gehring, Wes D.
Irene Dunne.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2003
(OCoLC)603782968
Named Person: Irene Dunne; Irene Dunne; Irene Dunne
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Wes D Gehring
ISBN: 0810848201 9780810848207
OCLC Number: 52002079
Description: xvii, 217 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Prologue: The Kennedy Center Award --
The early years --
Marriage and the Magnolia role...plus an epic western --
A film career and a bi-coastal marriage --
plus the legacy of Cimarron --
Queen of the melodrama, and a return to the musical --
The most memorable of years --
Dunne's 1936 --
Dunne's Leo McCarey connection --
focus on The Awful Truth --
Hollywood as home and more ties with McCarey --
The end of a decade, and one last film with McCarey --
A last picture with Cary Grant, followed by her final screwball outings --
Keying on the war years --
A triumphant postwar trilogy, and political distraction --
Leaving the screen, and an active retirement --
Epilogue.
Series Title: Filmmakers series, no. 104.
Responsibility: Wes D. Gehring.
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"This is the first biography of one of the most versatile actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. A recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors award in 1985, Dunne's acting highlights include five Best Actress Oscar nominations, occurring in almost as many different genres: the western Cimarron (1931); two screwball comedies, Theodora goes Wild (1936) and The Awful Truth (1937); the romantic comedy Love Affair (1939); and the populist I Remember Mama (1948).

Her other films include My Favorite Wife (1940), Penny Serenade (1941), Anna and the King of Siam (1946), and Life with Father (1947).".

"After delving into Dunne's childhood and early acting forays, the book reveals details about key events in her life and career, including a difficult, bicoastal marriage. The author also examines Dunne's pivotal roles on stage and film, her movement among the genres of melodrama and screwball comedy, her ties to director Leo McCarey, and her postwar film career. Gehring's research and insightful analysis shed light on what made Irene Dunne so unique and her performances so memorable."--BOOK JACKET.

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