Irene Dunne

Kentucky New Era

Irene Dunne (Louisville, KY) | Kentucky Life | KET

Louisville-born actress Irene Dunne was the daughter of a steamboat inspector and a concert pianist, and her dream as a young girl in Kentucky was to become an opera singer. This dream was not realized, however, but luckily for us, she eventually became one of the most sought-after movie stars of her era. She was nominated for an incredible five Academy Awards, and it’s easy to understand how she came to earn the nickname The First Lady of Hollywood.
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