Dunne was an American writer and investigative reporter who studied and reported on the crimes and
murders of the rich and famous. In addition to writing, he was also a movie producer in Hollywood and made frequent appearances on television including his TV series, "Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege, and Justice that was popular on Court TV.
Dunne was the second of six children and was born in Hartford, Connecticut. His father was a prominent heart surgeon. As a boy, he was known as "Nicky." He attended Kingswood School and Canterbury School in Connecticut followed by Williams College. He was also a decorated World War II veteran having received the Bronze Star for heroism during the Battle of Metz.
Following his military service, Dunne returned to New York City having taken a job as a stage manager for television. He was later brought to Hollywood by the legendary Humphrey Bogart who wanted Dunne to work on the television version of "The Petrified Forest."Eventually, Dunne became the vice president of Four Star Television. It was during those days that Dunne ran around with the rich and famous. During that time, Dunne faced several addictions and decided for his own wellbeing, he would settle in rural Oregon. It was there that Dunne wrote his first book called "The Winners."
Dunne was a frequent writer for "Vanity Fair" magazine and did a lot of fictional writing about real life events. He covered many famous trials including the cases of O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Michael Skakel and the Menendez brothers. Following his daughter, Dominique's murder, Dunne wrote "Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of his Daughter's Killer."
He frequently socialized with, wrote about, and was photographed with celebrities. His story was written in the release of "Dominick Dunne: After the Party.
Dunne disclosed his recent diagnosis with bladder cancer in 2008. During that time, he was writing his final book called "Too Much Money." He died at his home in Manhattan on August 26, 2009.
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flowers for Valentine's Day. She then sang "Funny Valentine."
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