- Category : Writers-Fiction
- Type : GP
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Unexpected 3
American writer who had a late start, age 40 when he began his literary career. Dunne had been a film producer but his life seemed on stop when his 22-year-old daughter was murdered by her estranged boyfriend, 10/30/1982. He turned to writing about the crimes of the rich and famous, thinly disguised novels such as "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles," "A Season in Purgatory" and "An Inconvenient Woman." His fascinating works extended to the Menendez Brothers, O.J. Simpson and the case of Sandra Levy.
One of six kids, Dunne is the brother of writer John Gregory Dunne. He had a hard time with his abusive, heart-surgeon father, carried over into a terror of studio heads. He nonetheless became a stage manager and film producer. He married Ellen Griffin and they had three kids, divorcing in 1965. When he left film work and marriage, he had to also leave drink and drugs behind, taking a six-month hiatus in Oregon before moving to New York to work full-time writing. He died of bladder cancer at age 83 on August 26, 2009 in Manhattan, NY.