Here on we have lots of fans of comedic actresses like Katherine Hepburn and Barbara Stanwyck, so here's another sassy dame to look out for: the great Irene Dunne.
  1. Born in 1898. Won a scholarship to Chicago Musical College. Made Broadway debut in 1922, and got her first film role in 1930.
    Smart, beautiful, and extremely funny. Nominated for five academy awards.
  2. Some of her films…
  3. Theodora Goes Wild (1936)
    Irene plays a nice small-town gal who writes a racy, bestselling novel — unbeknownst to the local bluenoses. She goes to the big city to see her publisher and ends up having a wild night on the town; trouble starts when a handsome rascal follows her home and threatens to give away her secret. Except Theodora finds a way to turn the tables.…
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    Theodora Goes Wild is 100% awesome and you should drop everything and go watch it. No, seriously, right now. The whole thing is on YouTube! Free as a summer breeze.
  5. The Awful Truth (1937)
    A silly comedy about a married couple who try to make each other jealous and do such a good job at it that they decide to get a divorce. It makes absolutely no sense but it's quite funny anyway. Also: Cary Grant. 'Nuff said.
  6. My Favorite Wife (1940)
    A woman who was shipwrecked on an island for seven years comes home to find her husband (Cary Grant) newly remarried. High jinks ensue! The scene where she sees her children again for the first time chokes me up a little.
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  8. Love Affair (1939)
    Not a comedy, but it's a great movie anyway. Two people, both engaged to be married, meet on an ocean liner and form a bond. They decide to reunite in a year at the top of the Empire State Building, but complications arise. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be a good copy of this one in circulation; it's free on Amazon Prime, but pretty blurry.
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    So, anyway, she's pretty great. You should totally watch some of her movies.
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