Irene Dunne and her family were the only residents of the home she and her husband built in the style of a Kentucky mansion in Holmby Hills, an exclusive section of Beverly Hills, because it was sold for a reported $6.9 million upon her death and was demolished to make way for a more contemporary Hollywood-style mansion.
Her two favorite causes were St. John`s hospital and the Motion Picture Home.
She spent her honeymoon in England, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Holland.
Irene wore the same red chiffon dress every Valentine`s Day for 13 years.
In June 1942, Irene Dunne christened the liberty ship Carole Lombard, which served in the Pacific during World War II.
She was an excellent golf player.
The only actor she had ever really had a crush on was Richard Burton.
Her father was a Mississippi riverboat operator and government ship inspector.
Irene`s filming contracts included clauses assuring that after completion of each of her films, she could return to her husband in New York, and that she be given ten days` notice before the start of her next assignment.
In spite of their chemistry on the screen, Irene Dunne and Cary Grant never socialized.
She was a perfume connoisseur. One whiff and she could tell you everything about the rarest of fragrances: their histories and processes of manufacture.
In "Love Affair," Charles Boyer ordered pink champagne for Irene Dunne, and restaurants were suddenly bombarded with requests.
Irene Dunne was the Grand Marshall on the opening day of Disneyland. She wore a strapless full skirted dress and a short hairstyle.
Her personal favorite of her films was "Love Affair" with Charles Boyer.
Irene claimed that always getting enough sleep kept her looking young. Her studio contracts allowed her to start work as late as 10 A.M. and leave by 6 P.M.
Biography in: "Who`s Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith. Pg. 145-146. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387 (en.wikipedia.org)
Christened the Mark Twain stern-wheel riverboat at Disneyland, July 17, 1955.
In 1965 she was the first woman elected to Technicolor`s board of directors. (en.wikipedia.org)
Was offered the role of Aunt Alicia in Vincente Minnelli`s Gigi, but she declined, preferring to stay in retirement.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame in the early sixties. It is located at 6440 Hollywood Boulevard.
After being nominated 5 times for the Best Actress Oscar and never winning, it was hoped by many that she would receive an honorary award after her retirement but the Academy (for reasons best known to itself) failed to present one.
Eisenhower named her an alternate delegate to the U.N. General Assembly in 1959.
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