Dunne, Dominick

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Dunne, Dominick Gender: M
Dominick John Dunne
born on 29 October 1925
Place Hartford, Connecticut, 41n46, 72w41
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
Date w/o time
Rodden Rating X
Collector: Scholfield
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American writer, investigative journalist, and producer. He began his career in film and television as a producer of the pioneering gay film The Boys in the Band (1970) and as the producer of the award-winning drug film The Panic in Needle Park (1971). He turned to writing in the early 1970s, and after the 1982 murder of his daughter, Dominique, he began to focus on the ways in which wealth and high society interact with the judicial system. Dunne was a frequent contributor to Vanity Fair magazine, and from the 1980s, he appeared regularly on television discussing crime.

Dunne had a late start, age 40 when he began his literary career. He had been a film producer but his life seemed on stop when his 22-year-old daughter was murdered by her estranged boyfriend, on 30 October 1982. He turned to writing about the crimes of the rich and famous, thinly disguised novels such as "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles," "A Season in Purgatory" and "An Inconvenient Woman." His fascinating works extended to the Menendez Brothers, O.J. Simpson and the case of Sandra Levy.

One of six siblings, Dunne was the brother of writer John Gregory Dunne. He had a hard time with his abusive, heart-surgeon father, carried over into a terror of studio heads. He nonetheless became a stage manager and film producer. He married Ellen Griffin and they had three children, divorcing in 1965. When he left film work and marriage, he had to also leave drink and drugs behind, taking a six-month hiatus in Oregon before moving to New York to work full-time writing. He died of bladder cancer at age 83 on 26 August 2009 in Manhattan, New York.

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  • opponent/rival/enemy relationship with Condit, Gary (born 21 April 1948)
  • other kin relationship with Dunne, Hannah (born 8 April 1990). Notes: Grandkin
  • has other family relationship with Didion, Joan (born 5 December 1934). Notes: Siblings-in-law


  • Relationship : Divorce dates 1965 (From Ellen)
  • Death by Disease 26 August 2009 (Bladder cancer, age 83)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth notice, Hartford Courant (Hartford, Connecticut), 31 October 1925, page 7, born at St. Francis hospital, no time given.

Previously, LMR quoted Biography magazine in May 2002, time unknown.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Cancer (Bladder)
  • Family : Childhood : Abuse - Physical/ Verbal (By father)
  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of six children)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Five)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Business : Entertain Producer (Film)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction