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Merton's Correspondence with:

Irene Dunne

Dunne, Irene, 1898-1990  printer


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Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1965
Volume: 2 item(s); 3 pg(s)

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Born in Louisville, Kentucky, Irene Dunne rose to prominence as a film actress and was known as the "First Lady of Hollywood". She played starring roles alongside Carey Grant among others and was nominated for five Academy Awards, notably Cimmarron, The Awful Truth, and I Remember Mama. She was known as a reserved person who did not like to give interviews. She devoted her later life to charity and served as a special delegate to the United Nations.

In 1965, Bellarmine College awarded Dunne with the colleges highest honor, the Bellarmine Medal. Dunne was a Catholic, and Monsignor Horrigan, Bellarmine president, gave her some signed books by Merton. She wrote to him telling how she appreciated them. Merton responded, saying "I in my turn want to thank you for the joy I can remember, in the days when I used to go to the movies, when I used to listen to your lovely voice and enjoy your pictures."

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#DateFrom/ToFirst LinesPub ✓Notes
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1. 1965/05/28 HLS to Merton Please accept my sincere thanks for your kindness in sending me the autographed copies of your books «detailed view»
2. 1965/06/25 TL[c] from Merton Thank you for your very kind letter of May 28th, which came as a pleasant surprise (please don't «detailed view»

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