Dominick Dunne

Producer, Author, Investigative journalist
A chronicler of American crime and wealth with few peers, Dominick Dunne was a best-selling and controversial author and journalist whose coverage of such sensational spectacles as the O. J. Simpson and Claus von Bulow ... Read more »
Born: 10/29/1925 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Filmography

Actor (21)

Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dominick Dunne: After the Party 2007 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

The Closer 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Mogul 2005 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Al Pacino: Inside Out 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Jennifer Jones: Portrait of a Lady 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Elizabeth Montgomery: A Touch of Magic 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Burn, Hollywood, Burn 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Addicted to Love 1997 (Movie)

Matheson (Actor)

Charles Manson: Journey into Evil 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Life Remembers 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bernard and Doris (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (5)

Ash Wednesday 1973 (Movie)

(Producer)

Play It As It Lays 1972 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Panic in Needle Park 1971 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Boys in the Band 1970 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Users (TV Show)

Producer
Writer (5)

People Like Us 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

An Inconvenient Woman (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Menendez: A Killing in Beverly Hills (TV Show)

Source Material (from article)

The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (TV Show)

Source Material (from novel)

Biography

A chronicler of American crime and wealth with few peers, Dominick Dunne was a best-selling and controversial author and journalist whose coverage of such sensational spectacles as the O. J. Simpson and Claus von Bulow murder trials brought him to national prominence. An affluent but unhappy childhood had given him insight into the emotional landscape of the society figures he would cover later in life, but he began his professional life as a writer and producer for television and feature films. Bouts with alcoholism forced him to re-evaluate his life, and he launched a second career as the author of such popular novels as The Two Mrs. Grenvilles (1985), An Inconvenient Woman (1990) and A Season in Purgatory (1993), all of which drew on his own keen understanding of the lives of the idle rich. But it was his trial reportage for Vanity Fair that earned him his greatest acclaim, though his interest was sparked by unspeakably tragic circumstances - the murder of his daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, in 1982. Dunne's coverage of such high-profile cases as the Menendez Brothers and von Bulow was praised for a lack of sensationalism and a degree of empathy for the families of the victims; however, it was the outrage and compassion that marked his reports from the O.J. Simpson trial, as well as his frequent commentary on the case for television and print news, that transformed him from well-regarded author to bonafide celebrity. Post-Simpson, Dunne enjoyed a degree of fame rarely afforded to authors, including his own true-crime television series, "Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice" (Court TV/truTV, 2002-09). Despite a well-publicized battle with bladder cancer, he returned to court coverage for O.J. Simpson's trial for kidnapping and armed robbery in 2008, determined to see his nemesis of sorts found guilty - even if it was, literally, the last thing he were to do.

Relationships

Alex Dunne

Son
Mother, Ellen Griffin

Joan Didion Screenplay

Sister-In-Law
Married John Gregory Dunne in 1964 collaborated with husband on the screenplays, "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971), "A Star Is Born" (1976) and "True Confessions" (1981)

Dominique Dunne

Daughter
Born Nobermber 23, 1959 mother, Ellen Griffin played the eldest daughter in Steven Spielberg's "Poltergeist" (1982) strangled to death by her former boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, in 1982

John Dunne

Brother
Born in 1932 collaborated with wife, Joan Didion, on the screenplays, "The Panic in Needle Park" (1971), "A Star Is Born" (1976) and "True Confessions" (1981) died of a heart attack, in December 2003

Griffin Dunne Actor

Son
Born June 8, 1955; mother, Ellen Griffin Dunne

Griffin Dunne

Son
Born June 8, 1955 mother, Ellen Griffin acted in the films, "An American Werewolf in London" (1981) and "After Hours" (1985) directed the films, "Fierce People" (2005) and "The Accidental Husband" (2008) married to actress Carey Lowell from 1989-1995, and they had one daughter together she later married Richard Gere

Ellen Griffin

Wife
Married from 1954-1965 died in January 1997 at the age of 64 had been stricken with multiple sclerosis

EDUCATION

Williams College

Williamstown , Massachusetts

Canterbury School

New Milford , Connecticut

Milestones

2008

Reported on his final trial, the criminal trial of O.J. Simpson, who was convicted and sentenced to 33 years in prison on kidnapping and armed robbery charges

2003

Hosted "Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice," an American crime TV series on on truTV (formerly Court TV)

2002

Reported on the trial of Kennedy relative Michael Skakel, who was convicted for the murder of Martha Moxley, for Vanity Fair magazine

2001

Reported on the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy, who was having an affair with Congressman Gary Condit, for Vanity Fair magazine

1999

Wrote the book, The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-known Name Dropper, about the high and low points of his personal life

1997

Penned the book, Another City, Not My Own: A Novel in the Form of a Memoir, a semi-fictional account of the OJ Simpson trial

1995

Reported on the trial of OJ Simpson, who was charged with and later acquitted of the murders of wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ronald Goldman, for Vanity Fair magazine

1993

Penned the book, A Season in Purgatory, a fictional story closely resembling the unsolved murder of Martha Moxley; was also turned in a 1996 TV-Movie

1990

Wrote the book, An Inconvenient Woman, about the murder of Vicki Morgan, the alleged mistress of a member of Ronald Reagan’s inner circle; was later turned into a 1991 TV-movie

1989

Repoted on the trial of Eric and Lyle Menendez for Vanity Fair magazine

1987

His book was turned into a 1987 TV-movie, "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" starring Ann-Margret

1985

Released second novel, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, based on the real-life murder of Hanover National Bank heir William Woodward in the mid-1950s

1985

Repoted on the trial of Clas von Bulow for Vanity Fair magazine

1984

Wrote first article for Vanity Fair magazine, about the trial of his daughters murder, titled "Justice"

1982

Published first novel, The Winners

1979

Left Hollywood due to his problems with addiction, and moved to rural Oregon

1970

His film, "The Panic in Needle Park," was shown at the Cannes Film Festival

1957

Relocated to Los Angeles, to work on "Playhouse 90" (CBS)

Was the associate director on "Producers' Showcase" (NBC)

Worked as a stage manager on "The Howdy Doody Show" (NBC)

Began a long-term position with Vanity Fair magazine, as a trial reporter

Served in World War II, earning a Bronze Star for bravery for the Battle of the Bulge

Served as vice president at Four Star Pictures

Bonus Trivia

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In 2005, Dunne was sued by politician Gary Condit for statements made regarding his involvement in the disappearance of intern Chandra Levy, with whom Condit was having an affair.

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In 2008, Dunne revealed that he was undergoing treatment for bladder cancer.

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