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director , essayist , playwright , screenwriter

Philip Dunne, American screenwriter, director, playwright, essayist. Recipient 2 Oscar nominations Academy Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, 1987; named Volunteer of the Year Environment County Los Angeles, 1986.


Dunne, Philip was born on February 11, 1908 in New York City. Son of Finley Peter and Margaret Ives (Abbott) Dunne.


Student, Harvard University, 1925-1929.


Reader, Fox Film Corporation, Los Angeles, 1930-1931;screenwriter, various studios, 1931-1941;writer, producer, director, 20th Century Fox, Los Angeles, 1945-1965;writer, director, Universal Studio, Universal City, California, 1965-1970;columnist, Words by Wire Syndicate, 1982-1992;columnist, Los Angeles Times, 1988-1992;radio commentator, In the Public Interest, 1982-1992. Board of Governors Motion Picture Academy Arts and Sciences, 1946-1948. Chief production bureau motion pictures Office of War Information (overseas branch), 1942-1945.



President Verde Valley School, Sedona, Arizona, 1965-1970. Vice chairman Democratic State Center Committee California, 1937-1941. Member Writers Guild American (Laurel award 1961, Valentine Davies award 1974), Directors Guild American, Producers Guild American, Screen Writers Guild (vice president 1938-1940), Dramatists Guild, National Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy Association, American Civil Liberties Union.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: aviation, astronomy, amateur flutist, surfing, conservation.


Son of Finley Peter and Margaret Ives (Abbott) D. M. Amanda Duff, July 15, 1939. Children: Miranda, Philippa, Jessica.

Finley Peter Dunne

Margaret Ives (Abbott) Dunne

Amanda Duff

Miranda Dunne

Philippa Dunne

Jessica Dunne