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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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1Dominique'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.
2She 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.
3Along with Lou Perryman, she is one of two cast members of Poltergeist (1982) to have been murdered.
4Poltergeist (1982) is the only theatrical movie in which she appeared.
5Her mother Ellen died in 1997.
6First 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.
7Close friend of Charles B. Wessler from childhood and who was a pallbearer at her funeral in November, 1982.
8Traveled to Florence, Italy where she studied art and Italian at the Michelangelo- School and at the British Institute.
9Attended Westlake School in Los Angeles, Taft School in Connecticut, and Fountain Valley High School in Colorado.
10Her murderer, John Thomas Sweeney, later moved to the Northwestern USA and changed his name to John Maura.
11She loved animals, especially unwanted stray animals, and her home became an asylum for a lot of them.
12Some 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.
13She was very superstitious and believed in supernatural phenomena.
14Loved cooking, foreign countries and languages (Dominique spoke Italian well) and playing baseball.
15She preferred casual clothes like jeans and shirts instead of more fashionable ones.
16Drove a blue VW Bug convertible.
17Met her boyfriend turned killer at a party in the Fall of 1981.
18After 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.
19A 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.
20Found work within three weeks of her arrival on the Hollywood scene.
21Is 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.
22John 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.
23Cedars-Sinai Hospital Medical Center, where Dunne died, were adamant in stating that they did not shut off her life-support system.
24Niece of John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion.
25Sister of Griffin Dunne. Their father is novelist Dominick Dunne.
26Murdered by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, just nineteen days before her 23rd birthday.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hill Street Blues1982TV SeriesCindy
The Quest1982TV SeriesItalian Girl
CHiPs1982TV SeriesAmy Kent
The Shadow Riders1982TV MovieSissy Traven
Poltergeist1982Dana Freeling
Hart to Hart1982TV SeriesChristy Ferrin
Fame1982TV SeriesTracy
The Day the Loving Stopped1981TV MovieJudy Danner
Unit 41981TV MovieTracey Phillips
CBS Children's Mystery Theatre1981TV SeriesPolly Ames
Breaking Away1980-1981TV SeriesPaulina Bornstein / Paulina
Lou Grant1979-1980TV SeriesTeri Wilk / 2nd Girl
Valentine Magic on Love Island1980TV MovieCheryl
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker1979TV MovieCathy Robinson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Fame1982TV Series performer - 1 episode

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
V1983TV Mini-Series in loving memory of - 2 episodes
Hill Street Blues1982TV Series dedicated to the memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of 'Poltergeist'1982TV Short documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The Mike Douglas Show1978TV SeriesHerself - Actress

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009TV Series documentaryDana Freeling
They Are Here: The Real World of the Poltergeists2007Video documentary shortDana Freeling (uncredited)
I Love the '80s2002TV Series documentaryDana Freeling
E! True Hollywood Story1997-2002TV Series documentaryHerself

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