If the movies of Hollywood’s Golden Age had a Great American Lady, Irene Dunne was surely it. Whether suffering through melodramatic “women’s pictures” or rollicking through screwball comedy, Dunne always maintained her dignity. And she never seemed to strain for her effects, whether jerking tears or inciting laughter. “Dunne was a brilliant actress and her comedy timing was impeccable,” said no less an authority than Cary Grant. “She played it straight, instead of playing it for laughs as some comediennes do.”
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