Madison in Jefferson County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Born in Louisville, Kentucky 1898; after father's death, moved with family to Madison. Graduated from Madison High School 1916. After voice training in Indianapolis and Chicago, began singing professionally. Won lead in road show of Florenz Ziegfeld's Show Boat 1929. Began Hollywood career 1930; in 42 films; nominated for five Academy Awards.
Dunne maintained ties with Madison, which has honored her; she helped with restoration of Broadway Fountain 1976. She received Laetare Medal from University of Notre Dame 1949. President Dwight Eisenhower named her an alternate delegate to United Nations General Assembly 1957; was Kennedy Center Honors Awardee 1985. Died 1990 in Los Angeles.
Erected 2006 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Friends of Irene Dunne. (Marker Number 39.2006.1.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
Location. 38° 44.181′ N, 85° 22.795′ W. Marker is in Madison, Indiana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on East Main Street east of West Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 105 East Main Street, Madison IN 47250, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Michael C. Garber (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. General Walter Krueger (approx. 0.2 miles away); Replica of The Statue of Liberty (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Woodfill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jefferson County (Indiana ) Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); This Shell Fired into Vicksburg (approx. 0.2 miles away); Madison Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Madison.
Also see . . .
1. Photos and More::. Known as "The First Lady of Hollywood"... A number of Irene Dunne photos - plus - a filmogophary of her work. Story of her professional life. (Submitted on August 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
2. Biography of Irene Dunn. (Submitted on September 6, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
3. Photos of Dedication (Courtesy - Indiana Historical Bureau):. (Submitted on January 22, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Entertainment • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2018. This page originally submitted on August 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,383 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 31, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.