Forgotten Stars

Josephine Dunn

Josephine Dunn (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“You can tell by the name of me that I’m an Irish Catholic and I’ll add that my parents were very religious people. I went home late that afternoon and looking at mother said: ‘Mother, I’m an actress!’ ‘That’s all right, my poor darling,’ replied my mother, ‘come right to mother.’ She fixed the bed for me and put me there and kept insisting I was running a temperature and was talking in a flighty manner. I finally told her my story and then there were long conversations between father and mother, and father’s relatives. Everyone was against me….Father’s relatives decided I had taken a step in the general direction of Hades and still think so, for all I know.”Josephine Dunn

 

Josephine Dunn was heroine of a neighborhood thrill yesterday when her pet police dog was hit by an auto. The dog chased up and down the streets, sending children and housewives indoors pell-mell. Miss Dunn finally managed to pursuade two policemen not to shoot her dog, while she cornered him, but the pet was found to have suffered a broken jaw and had to be chloroformed.” — George Shaffer in 1928

 

 

 

"I was always called on to make personal appearances at the various theatres, or when new pictures opened in small towns, and I was always petrified. But I didn't know that I could refuse. I thought that if I worked in a studio you did what you were told. When I made personal appearances I had a little speech that I always said. It was so silly and dumb all about how glad I was to be there and it's a wonder I didn't wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in the middle of summer. Besides that when I'm very excited I almost stutter and I was always so scared that I'd start to stutter just at the wrong moment and spoil everything." -- Josephine Dunn (Bizarre Los Angeles)

“I was always called on to make personal appearances at the various theatres, or when new pictures opened in small towns, and I was always petrified. But I didn’t know that I could refuse. I thought that if I worked in a studio you did what you were told. When I made personal appearances I had a little speech that I always said. It was so silly and dumb all about how glad I was to be there and it’s a wonder I didn’t wish everybody a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in the middle of summer. Besides that when I’m very excited I almost stutter and I was always so scared that I’d start to stutter just at the wrong moment and spoil everything.”Josephine Dunn, a WAMPAS baby star of 1929, who was probably referring to her early days with Paramount.

Source: Kitty Hubert (1928)
Photo: Ruth Harriet Louise

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