In 41 feature length films Irene Dunne received 5 Academy Award nominations, yet, not winning for any of her many Oscar worthy performances. Ms. Dunne was a leading actress from the get-go, in her debut in Leathernecking, in 1930; she was billed either 1 or 2 in each of her films, mostly with top billing.
She found purchase upon the mountain-peaks of drama during her short 20 year movie career: Cimarron and the Great Lover, 1931; Ann Vickers, 1933; The Age of Innocence, 1934; Magnificent Obsession, 1935; Love Affair, 1939; Penny Serenade, 1941 and I Remember Mama in 1948. Although, she was equally at home in comedy, some of her more successful were: Theodora Goes Wild, 1936; The Awful Truth, 1937; My Favorite Wife, 1940 and Life with Father, 1947.
A beautiful woman with a voice that had that particular lilt, which afforded her such range in her performances; smart, sharp keen-eyed and always a star, Irene Dunne, done us right.