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Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne (actress) Irene Dunne can be remembered by movie audiences as the romantic Magnolia in Show Boat, the spirited Sabra Cravat of Edna Ferber's Cimarron, for sharing the honors and songs with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in Roberta, matching wits with Cary Grant in The Awful Truth and My Favorite Wife, and sharing dramatic moments with him in Penny Serenade. There was that Love Affair with Charles Boyer, Life with Father, The White Cliffs of Dover and Anna and the King of Siam. But, perhaps most of all, we remember Mama. It was in 1948, 18 years after her first major film role, in Cimarron, that Irene Dunne played her "favorite role," the loving, self-sacrificing Norwegian mother in I Remember Mama, for which she won one of her five Oscar nominations. "I thought she was a wonderful woman," she said.