booklet on Irene Dunne
to be unveiled at April event
(April 2007) A new booklet about Hollywood film
star Irene Dunne chronicles her childhood in Madison, Ind., and includes
23 letters she wrote to one of her friends, according to the publishers.
Irene Dunne: Connections to Madison will be
unveiled during a dinner and gathering of Irene Dunne fans at 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, April 21, at Buster & Jens Diner, 307 W. Main Street,
Madison. The event is open to the public, and anyone interested in the
late First Lady of Hollywood is welcome to attend. Irene
Dunne Society members from California, Maryland, Philadelphia and northern
Indiana are planning to attend.
Harold Pee Wee Lakeman, a Madison city employee who helped
organize the marker in front of the Ohio Theatre about the actress and
Madison native, and Amy Tarr, president of the Irene Dunne Society fan
club, organized the booklet.
Lakeman said the booklet is mainly a series of newspaper clippings that
describe her life as a kid. She had the typical and normal life
of any kid growing up here, and we have clippings of some of the events
in her life that were recorded in the paper when she was a kid.
Tarr, 27, recently moved to Madison after traveling from Greenwood,
Ind., every weekend to do research for the book. I spent every
weekend here, and I didnt want to leave, so I decided to just
move here, she said. She now works in advertising at 96.7 WORX
She became interested in the film legend about five years ago after
watching two of Dunnes movies A Guy Named Joe and
The White Cliffs of Dover. Tarr said she searched on the
Internet for an Irene Dunne fan club but couldnt find one. I
came across an email from her grandson, Mark Shinnick, and I wrote to
him asking about a fan club. He didnt know of any, but told me
to start one if I wanted to, so I did, she said.
Last May when Tarr was in Madison for the unveiling of the Irene Dunne
historical marker on Main Street, she noticed there were no pictures
of the movie star anywhere in town.
I saw no pictures of her anywhere, and this is where she grew
up. That just surprised me, she said. It was then she became interested
in how Dunne grew up in Madison.
Tarr met with Lakeman, and they came up with the idea for the booklet,
which will be unveiled in its pre-edited form at the April gathering.
Lakeman said copies of the book will be available at the Jefferson County
Historical Society and the Madison-Jefferson County Public Library.
For more information about Irene Dunne,
visit the RoundAbout Madison website at www.RoundAboutMadison.com
and click to the March 2006 Archived Articles page. To visit the Irene
Dunne online fan club, visit: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/IreneDunneSociety/.
To RSVP this April event, contact Amy Tarr at (812) 493-4785.
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