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Dominique Dunne

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Actress who all appeared in a number of T.V. films and played a job the 1982 film Poltergeist. She spent a calendar year in Florence, Italy where she examined performing at Milton Katselas’ Workshop. She was established to superstar in the miniseries V in 1982, but passed away through the filming. She originated from a creative family members; her dad Dominick Dunne was a film manufacturer and her aunt and uncle had been novelists. She performed a supporting function to Craig T. Nelson in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist.

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Full Name Dominique Dunne
Date Of Birth November 23, 1959
Died November 4, 1982, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth Santa Monica, CA
Height 1.55 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Colorado State University
Nationality American
Children Dominique Dunne, Griffin Dunne, Alexander Dunne
Parents Dominick Dunne, Ellen Griffin Dunne
Siblings Griffin Dunne, Alexander Dunne
Movies Poltergeist, The Shadow Riders, Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker, The Day the Loving Stopped, Magic on Love Island
Star Sign Sagittarius

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1 Dominique's father was of Irish descent. One of Dominique's maternal great-grandfathers, Alfredo Sandoval, was Mexican, and Dominique's mother's other ancestry included Irish, English, German, and Swedish.
2 She was cast as Robin Maxwell in V (1983) and filmed several scenes before she was murdered. After her death, Blair Tefkin was cast in the role. The only footage of her which remains in the miniseries is a shot of her back in the scene in which the Maxwells observe the arrival of the Los Angeles mothership. The miniseries was dedicated to her memory.
3 Along with Lou Perryman, she is one of two cast members of Poltergeist (1982) to have been murdered.
4 Poltergeist (1982) is the only theatrical movie in which she appeared.
5 Her mother Ellen died in 1997.
6 First of two co-stars from Poltergeist (1982) to die unexpectedly within a few years of each other, the second being Heather O'Rourke. Dunne at age 22 and O'Rourke at age 12.
7 Close friend of Charles B. Wessler from childhood and who was a pallbearer at her funeral in November, 1982.
8 Traveled to Florence, Italy where she studied art and Italian at the Michelangelo- School and at the British Institute.
9 Attended Westlake School in Los Angeles, Taft School in Connecticut, and Fountain Valley High School in Colorado.
10 Her murderer, John Thomas Sweeney, later moved to the Northwestern USA and changed his name to John Maura.
11 She loved animals, especially unwanted stray animals, and her home became an asylum for a lot of them.
12 Some of her favorite actresses were Julie Andrews, Jane Fonda, Susan Hayward and Natalie Wood. And for actors of her own generation, she liked Kristy McNichol and Timothy Hutton.
13 She was very superstitious and believed in supernatural phenomena.
14 Loved cooking, foreign countries and languages (Dominique spoke Italian well) and playing baseball.
15 She preferred casual clothes like jeans and shirts instead of more fashionable ones.
16 Drove a blue VW Bug convertible.
17 Met her boyfriend turned killer at a party in the Fall of 1981.
18 After John Sweeny was released from prison after only serving two and a half years he found work quickly. Dunne's mother, Ellen Griffin, started a grievance support group called, "Justice for Victims of Homicide." On the nights that he worked (as a chef) Griffin and other group members would hand out slips of paper to restaurant patrons that read, "The hands that will prepare your meal tonight also murdered Dominique Dunne." He was fired almost immediately.
19 A day before she was to guest star on Hill Street Blues (1981), she was badly beaten by her boyfriend. She showed up on the set with bruises on her face; since she was playing an abused teen in the episode, she wore no make-up. The bruises we see in the episode are real.
20 Found work within three weeks of her arrival on the Hollywood scene.
21 Is interred at Westwood Memorial Park (in Los Angeles, California): Section D, #189. This is near her Poltergeist (1982) co-star Heather O'Rourke, who died in 1988 from intestinal stenosis.
22 John Thomas Sweeney, Dunne's killer, was 26 years old at the time. After being sentenced to 6 years in prison for assault and unintentional manslaughter, he was freed after less than four years.
23 Cedars-Sinai Hospital Medical Center, where Dunne died, were adamant in stating that they did not shut off her life-support system.
24 Niece of John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion.
25 Sister of Griffin Dunne. Their father is novelist Dominick Dunne.
26 Murdered by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, just nineteen days before her 23rd birthday.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hill Street Blues 1982 TV Series Cindy
The Quest 1982 TV Series Italian Girl
CHiPs 1982 TV Series Amy Kent
The Shadow Riders 1982 TV Movie Sissy Traven
Poltergeist 1982 Dana Freeling
Hart to Hart 1982 TV Series Christy Ferrin
Fame 1982 TV Series Tracy
The Day the Loving Stopped 1981 TV Movie Judy Danner
Unit 4 1981 TV Movie Tracey Phillips
CBS Children's Mystery Theatre 1981 TV Series Polly Ames
Breaking Away 1980-1981 TV Series Paulina Bornstein / Paulina
Lou Grant 1979-1980 TV Series Teri Wilk / 2nd Girl
Valentine Magic on Love Island 1980 TV Movie Cheryl
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker 1979 TV Movie Cathy Robinson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fame 1982 TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
V 1983 TV Mini-Series in loving memory of - 2 episodes
Hill Street Blues 1982 TV Series dedicated to the memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of 'Poltergeist' 1982 TV Short documentary Herself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show 1978 TV Series Herself - Actress

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2009 TV Series documentary Dana Freeling
They Are Here: The Real World of the Poltergeists 2007 Video documentary short Dana Freeling (uncredited)
I Love the '80s 2002 TV Series documentary Dana Freeling
E! True Hollywood Story 1997-2002 TV Series documentary Herself

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