Dominique Dunne Wiki Biography, Age, Height, Husband, Net Worth, Family
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Dominique Dunne (Dominique Ellen Dunne) was born on 23 November, 1959 in Santa Monica, California, United States, is an American actress and murder victim. Discover Dominique Dunne’s Wiki Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is She in this year and how She spends money? Also learn how She earned most of networth at the age of 23 years old?
|Popular As||Dominique Ellen Dunne|
|Age||23 years old|
|Born||23 November 1959|
|Birthplace||Santa Monica, California, United States|
|Date of death||4 November 1982,|
|Died Place||Los Angeles, California, United States|
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Dominique Dunne Height, Weight & Measurements
At 23 years old, Dominique Dunne height is 1.55 m .
|Body Measurements||Not Available|
|Eye Color||Not Available|
|Hair Color||Not Available|
Dating & Relationship status
She is currently single. She is not dating anyone. We don’t have much information about She’s past relationship and any previous engaged. According to our Database, She has no children.
Dominique Dunne Net Worth
Her net worth has been growing significantly in 2020-2021. So, how much is Dominique Dunne worth at the age of 23 years old? Dominique Dunne’s income source is mostly from being a successful Actress. She is from United States. We have estimated Dominique Dunne’s net worth, money, salary, income, and assets.
|Net Worth in 2021||$1 Million – $5 Million|
|Salary in 2020||Under Review|
|Net Worth in 2019||Pending|
|Salary in 2019||Under Review|
|Source of Income||Actress|
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Dunne was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where she was placed on life support because her heart had stopped. She never regained consciousness. Over the following days, doctors performed brain scans that showed she had no brain activity due to oxygen deprivation. On November 4, 19 days before her 23rd birthday, her parents removed her from life support, and she died later that day. At the request of her mother, her kidneys and heart were donated to transplant recipients.
In the mid-1990s, Dominick Dunne was contacted by a Florida doctor who had read an article Dunne wrote about Dominique’s death. The doctor told Dunne his daughter had recently become engaged to a chef named John Sweeney and wondered if it was the same John Sweeney involved in Dominique’s death. The man was later identified as the same John Sweeney. Dominique’s brother Griffin later called the doctor’s daughter and tried to convince her to call off her engagement. Sweeney accused the Dunnes of harassing him and later changed his name. In interviews, Dominick Dunne said that for a time, he employed the services of private investigator Anthony Pellicano to follow and report on Sweeney’s whereabouts and actions. According to Dunne’s father, Pellicano reported that Sweeney had moved to the Pacific Northwest and had changed his name to John Mauro. Dunne’s father said that he later decided that he no longer wished to squander his life following Sweeney and therefore discontinued any attempts to keep tabs on him.
Dunne’s funeral was held on November 6 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Beverly Hills. Her godfather, Martin Manulis, delivered the eulogy. She was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery. Her Poltergeist co-star Heather O’Rourke was later buried there in 1988.
After the trial, John Sweeney was incarcerated at a medium-security prison in Susanville, California. He was released on parole in September 1986 after having served three years, seven months and twenty-seven days of his 6 ⁄2 -year sentence. Three months after his release, Sweeney was hired as head chef at The Chronicle, an upscale restaurant in Santa Monica, California. Dunne’s brother Griffin and her mother, Lenny, found out where Sweeney was working and began handing out flyers to patrons that read, “The food you will eat tonight was cooked by the hands that killed Dominique Dunne.” Sweeney eventually quit his job due to the protests from Dunne’s family and moved away from Los Angeles.
On the advice of Tina Brown, Dominick Dunne kept a journal during the trial. His journal writings were published in an article titled “Justice: A Father’s Account of the Trial of his Daughter’s Killer”, which was featured in the March 1984 issue of Vanity Fair.
Sweeney’s trial began in August 1983 and was presided over by Judge Burton S. Katz. During the trial, Sweeney took the stand in his own defense. He testified that he had not intended to harm Dunne the night he arrived at her home. He claimed they had reconciled, were planning on moving back in together and had daily discussions about getting married and having children. On the night of October 30, Sweeney said that Dunne had abruptly changed her mind about a reconciliation and told him that she had been lying to him about getting back together and had been leading him on. At that point, Sweeney said he “just exploded and lunged toward her.” Sweeney claimed to have no recollection of attacking Dunne until he discovered he was on top of her with his hands around her neck. He then realized she was not breathing. Sweeney said he attempted to revive her by making her walk around, but she fell down. He then attempted to give her CPR which caused Dunne to vomit. Sweeney said that he also vomited, ran into the house, and consumed two bottles of pills in an attempt to kill himself. He returned to the driveway where Dunne was and lay down beside her. He said he then reached into her mouth and pulled her tongue out of her throat, something he had done for his epileptic father in the past. Sweeney’s court-appointed attorney, Michael Adelson, said that his client’s actions were not premeditated or done with malice. He maintained that Sweeney acted out in the “heat of passion”, provoked by Dunne’s alleged deception.
On September 21, 1983, after eight days of deliberation, the jury acquitted John Sweeney of second-degree murder, but found him guilty of the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter. He was also convicted of misdemeanor assault for the altercation with Dunne that occurred on September 26, 1982.
On October 30, 1982, Dunne was strangled by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, in the driveway of her West Hollywood home and went into a coma. She never regained consciousness and died five days later. In a controversial court case, Sweeney was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Dunne’s death and served three and a half years in prison.
In 1981, she was cast in her first feature film, Poltergeist. Dunne portrayed Dana Freeling, the teenaged daughter of a couple whose family is terrorized by malevolent ghosts. Produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper, the film opened on June 4, 1982, and went on to gross more than $70 million. This was her only theatrical film appearance before her death. After Poltergeist, she appeared in the final season premiere episode of CHiPs and the 1982 television film The Shadow Riders, starring Tom Selleck and Sam Elliott.
Dunne appeared posthumously in the Hill Street Blues episode “Requiem For a Hairbag”, which aired on November 18, 1982, two weeks after her death. She played a teenaged mother who was a victim of parental abuse and gives her baby up for adoption out of fear of repeating what her parents had done to her. The episode was dedicated to her in memoriam in the opening credits.
Dunne met John Thomas Sweeney, a sous-chef at the restaurant Ma Maison, at a party in 1981. After a few weeks of dating, they moved into a one-bedroom house on Rangely Avenue in West Hollywood together. The relationship quickly deteriorated because of Sweeney’s possessiveness and jealousy. The couple fought frequently and Sweeney began physically abusing Dunne. According to one account, he yanked handfuls of her hair out by the roots during an argument on August 27, 1982. She fled to her mother’s house where Sweeney showed up and began to bang on the door and windows, demanding to be let in. Dunne’s mother told him to leave and threatened to call the police. A few days later, Dunne returned to their home and continued their relationship.
During another argument at their home on September 26, 1982, Sweeney grabbed Dunne by the throat, threw her on the floor, and began to strangle her. A friend who was staying with the couple heard “loud gagging sounds” and ran into the room where Dunne was being attacked. Dunne told the friend that Sweeney had tried to kill her, but Sweeney denied the claim and told Dunne to come back to bed. She pretended to comply, but snuck out of the bathroom window instead. When Sweeney heard Dunne start the engine of her car, he ran out and jumped on the car’s hood. Dunne stopped the car long enough for Sweeney to jump off the hood and then drove away. For the next few days, she stayed with her mother and at the homes of her friends. She later called Sweeney and ended the relationship. After he moved out, she had the locks changed and moved back into the Rangely Avenue home.
On October 30, 1982, a few weeks after the breakup, Dunne was at her home rehearsing for the miniseries V with actor David Packer. While she was speaking to a female friend on the phone, John Sweeney had the operator break into the conversation. Dunne told her friend, “Oh God, it’s Sweeney. Let me get him off the phone.” Ten minutes later, Sweeney showed up. After speaking to him through the locked door, Dunne agreed to speak to him on the porch while Packer remained inside. Outside, the two began to argue. Packer later said he heard smacking sounds, two screams and a thud. He called police but was told that Dunne’s home was out of their jurisdiction. Packer then phoned a friend and told him if he was found dead, John Sweeney was the killer. Packer left the home through the back entrance, approached the driveway, and saw Sweeney in some nearby bushes kneeling over Dunne. Sweeney told Packer to call the police. When police arrived, Sweeney met them in the driveway with his hands in the air and stated, “I killed my girlfriend and I tried to kill myself.” Sweeney later testified that Dunne and he had argued, but he could not remember what happened after their exchange and could only recall being on top of her with his hands around her throat.
Her final television appearance was that of a teenaged mother who is a victim of child abuse in an episode of Hill Street Blues titled “Requiem for a Hairbag.” The episode was filmed on September 27, 1982, the day after Sweeney had physically assaulted Dunne which left visible bruises on her body and face. As she was playing an abused teen on the episode, she required no makeup to create the bruises seen. The episode aired several days after Dunne’s funeral and was dedicated to her memory.
The night of Dunne’s attack, responding officers found Sweeney standing by Dunne’s unconscious body in her driveway. A spokesman for the West Hollywood sheriff later told reporters that Sweeney told officers, “I killed my girlfriend”. He was immediately arrested and charged with attempted murder. Those charges were dropped after Dunne’s death, and Sweeney was charged with first-degree murder to which he pleaded not guilty. Sweeney was later charged with assault with intent to do great bodily harm when he admitted during a preliminary trial hearing to the altercation with Dunne that occurred on September 26, 1982, the day before she filmed the Hill Street Blues episode in which she appeared with visible bruises. He denied assaulting Dunne, claiming that he was only trying to prevent her from leaving their home.
Dunne’s first role was in the 1979 television film Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker. She then got supporting roles in episodes of popular 1980s television series such as Lou Grant, Hart to Hart and Fame. Dunne also had a recurring role on the comedy-drama television series Breaking Away and appeared in several other television films.
To establish a history of Sweeney’s violent behavior, the prosecution called one of Sweeney’s ex-girlfriends, Lillian Pierce, to testify. Pierce, who did not testify in the jury’s presence at the request of Sweeney’s attorney, stated that she and Sweeney had dated on and off from 1977 to 1980. Pierce claimed that during the relationship Sweeney had assaulted her on ten occasions and she was hospitalized twice for injuries he inflicted on her. During one such assault, Pierce sustained a perforated eardrum and a collapsed lung. She later suffered a broken nose. During Pierce’s testimony, Sweeney became enraged, jumped up from his seat, and ran towards the door leading to the judge’s chambers. He was subdued by two bailiffs and four armed guards. Sweeney was then handcuffed to his chair and began to cry. He apologized for the outburst; Judge Katz accepted the apology. Attorney Michael Adelson requested that Judge Katz rule Pierce’s testimony inadmissible as it was “prejudicial”. Judge Katz granted the request and the jury never learned of Pierce’s testimony until after the trial. Katz also refused to allow testimony from Dunne’s mother, Ellen Dunne, as well Dunne’s friends, ruling their statements about Sweeney’s abusive nature as hearsay.
Dunne was born in Santa Monica, California, the youngest child of Ellen Beatriz “Lenny” (née Griffin), a ranching heiress, and Dominick Dunne, a writer, producer, and actor. She had two older brothers, Alexander “Alex” and Griffin Dunne, an actor. She was also the niece of married novelists John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion. Her godparents were Maria Cooper-Janis, daughter of actors Gary Cooper and Veronica “Rocky” Cooper, and producer Martin Manulis. Her parents divorced in 1967.
Dominique Ellen Dunne (November 23, 1959 – November 4, 1982) was an American actress. She appeared in several films and television series from 1979 to 1982, but was best known for portraying Dana Freeling in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist.
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