Post by George Shelps Post by Norma Bates
Irene Dunne was indeed a singer. An
excellent one. In fact, she was one of the
most astonishing actresses of all time. I
cannot think of another with her
incredible range of performances.
Quite true! But Dunne was a Republican'
activist (she retired to go to work for
the Eisenhower Administration) and
so she tends to be ignored by movie
historians. Same for Robert Montgomery, another
under-appreciated versatile performer.
Dunne's best films were frequently suppressed by the studio in the face of
remakes, a formerly common practice. For example _Cimmaron_, _Magnificent
Obsession_ and _Roberta_ disappeared after their original releases. Of
course, the latter film was largely stolen by Fred and Ginger. Likewise,
_Showboat_ was withdrawn when it was remade. _Theodora Goes Wild_ never made
it to TV until the 70s. She got five Oscar nominations but no Oscar and no
life-time-achievement Oscar either, which is further evidence of the whimsy
of AMPAS. She retired from the films when she felt it was time to go.
Thereafter, she confined herself to politics, philanthropy, TV guest shots,
and the board of Technicolor. Her fame was revived in the 70s by the AFI and
the LA County Art Museum. Late in life she was accorded the Kennedy Center
Frank in Seattle
Frank Richard Aloysius Jude Maloney
"I leave you now in radiant contentment"
-- "Whistling in the Dark"
"The past is never dead. It's not even past."