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This is an ORIGINAL 8" x 10" Black & White Photograph, stamped on the back PHOTO CREDIT BY GASTON LONGET RKO PICTURES, 1947, featuring IRENE DUNNE for the 1948 motion picture,

I Remember Mama

Director: George Stevens

Writers: DeWitt Bodeen (screenplay), John Van Druten (based upon the play "I Remember Mama" adapted by)

You'll just love ... MAMA!

The ups and downs of a Norwegian immigrant family, circa 1910.

In the format of a story, aspiring writer Katrin Hanson recollects her life growing up in the early twentieth century San Francisco with her Norwegian immigrant family: her siblings Nels, Christine and Dagmar; and her Papa and Mama named Lars and Martha. Mama is the practical one in the family. One of the family's rituals is doing the household financial accounts every Saturday night. Using the money brought home by Papa and what is kept in their petty cash tin, Mama would allocate it to the weekly bills. "It's good - we do not have to go to the bank" is what Mama would say if they had enough money. Luckily, they never had to go to the bank as dipping into their bank account was the worst thing they could have done. Beyond her practicality, Mama is truthful and compassionate and will do anything for those she loves. This not only includes her husband and children, but also her "scary" Uncle Chris, her trio of sisters - all four of whom can be difficult to love much of the time - and their poor boarder, Mr. Hyde, who provides more to the family in his readings than any financial compensation ever could. But Katrin and her siblings learn of a lie told by Mama, all in the name of protecting them.

The entire cast included

Cast

Irene Dunne ... Mama
Barbara Bel Geddes ... Katrin
Oskar Homolka ... Uncle Chris (as Oscar Homolka)
Philip Dorn ... Papa
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Hyde (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Edgar Bergen ... Mr. Thorkelson
Rudy Vallee ... Dr. Johnson
Barbara O'Neil ... Jessie Brown
Florence Bates ... Florence Dana Moorhead
Peggy McIntyre ... Christine
June Hedin ... Dagmar
Steve Brown ... Nels
Ellen Corby ... Aunt Trina
Hope Landin ... Aunt Jenny
Edith Evanson ... Aunt Sigrid

It's a great Photo all original if you love classic old Hollywood films!

MORE INFO ON IRENE DUNN: Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of five. Her "" set the tone for a fabulous career. Following the tragic death of her father when she was 12, she moved with her remaining family to the picturesque and historic town of Madison, Indiana, to live with her maternal grandparents at 916 W. Second St. During the next few years Irene studied voice and took piano lessons in town. She was able to earn money singing in the Christ Episcopal Church choir on Sundays. After graduating from Madison High School in 1916, she studied until 1917 in a music conservatory in Indianapolis. After that she accepted a teaching post as a music and art instructor in East Chicago, Indiana, just a stone's throw from Chicago. She never made it to the school. While on her way to East Chicago, she saw a newspaper ad in the Indianapolis Star and News for an annual scholarship contest run by the Chicago Music College. Irene won the contest, which enabled her to study there for a year. After that she headed for New York City because it was still the entertainment capital of the world. Her first goal in New York was to add her name to the list of luminaries of the Metropolitan Opera Company. Her audition did her little good, as she was rejected for being too young and inexperienced. She did win the leading role in a road theater company, which was in turn followed by numerous plays. During this time she studied at the Chicago Music College, from which she graduated with high honors in 1926. In 1928, Irene met and married a promising young dentist from New York named Francis Dennis Griffin. She remained with Dr. Griffin until his death in 1965.

Irene came to the attention of Hollywood when she performed in "Show Boat" on the East Coast. By 1930 she was under contract to RKO Pictures. Her first film was(1930), which went almost unnoticed. In 1931 she appeared in(1931), for which she received the first of five Academynominations.(1933) and(1933) the same year followed.

In 1936 (due to her comic skits in(1936) she was "persuaded" to star in a comedy, up to that time a medium for which she had small affection. However,(1936) was an instant hit, almost as popular as the more famous(1934) from two years before. From this she earned her second Academynomination. Later, in 1937, she was teamed within(1937). This helped her garner a third Academynomination. She starred with Grant later in(1940) and(1941).

Her favorite film was(1939) with, a huge hit in a year with so many great films, and a role for which she was again nominated for an Academy. Howevever, it was the tear-jerker(1948) for which she will be best remembered in the role of the loving, self-sacrificing Norwegian mother. She got another nomination for that but again lost. This was the picture in which she should have won the Oscar.

She began to wean herself away from films toward the many charities and public works she championed. Her last major movie was as Polly Baxter in 1952's(1952). After that she only appeared as a guest on television. Irene knew enough to quit while she was ahead of the game and this helped keep her legacy intact.

In 1957 she was appointed as a special US delegate to the United Nations during the 12th General Assembly by President, such was her widespread appeal. The remainder of her life was spent on civic causes. She even donated $10,000 to the restoration of the town fountain in her girlhood home of Madison, Indiana, in 1976, even though she had not been there since 1938 when she came home for a visit. She died of heart failure on September 4, 1990, in Los Angeles, California.

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IRENE DUNNE Original RKO PICTURES Photo I REMEMBER MAMA
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