Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dominick Dunne Has Died

Best-selling author and journalist Dominick Dunne has died. He was 83. I loved the writing of this man. He told the best stories and made everything seem so accessible while being absolutely brilliant.





38 comments:

Kara said...

It's been a sad day. First Ted Kennedy and then this.

RIP

CDAN Mod said...

RIP. glad he got that court tv/tru tv show.

GladysKravitz said...

RIP. Sad sad day--you're right Kara.

Vanity Fair won't be the same for me without him. I've always turned to his column first.

He once countered F. Scott Fitzgerald's contention that there are no second acts in life--Dunne said that there are third and even fourth acts. What an inspiration that was to me as a writer....

Cancan said...

I just loved him. For years I would walk past him every day on my way to work and we would nod hello to each other. Never had the courage to speak to him -- wish I had. I always admired him.

Pamela S. said...

sad...

farmgirl said...

OMG NO.
He is one of my favorites, Another Country, Not My Own is a must read for everyone.

I am so sad today :(

mooshki said...

I'm tired of people dying. :( R.I.P. Mr. Dunne.

f00bby said...

I really looked forward to reading his work, sad day indeed RIP

SkittleKitty said...

:(
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles is the first 'adult' novel I remember reading. It was fantastic.
RIP

Unknown said...

Major sadness. In the beginning of August he was at the clinic in Germany that Farrah went to, he was also there when she was having her treatment--he had the room right next to hers, which was classic Dominick timing.

Anonymous said...

Mooshki,
I was going to write that same thing.
:(

I hate growing old...

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Pookie said...

i am truly heartbroken over this...what a truly brilliant man. that family has seen so much tragedy, may god be w/ them at this time.

we lost one of the real mccoy, true-blue greats. :(

selenakyle said...

Agreed, VF will not be the same w/o DD.

Wow--the wealth of things he saw, heard and did must've been one heckuva ride through the limelight and the inevitable shadows it casts!

He wrote and worked right until the end, too, from what I could tell.

Unknown said...

I remember when his daughter was murdered. RIP Dominick

teddymac said...

RIP Dominick. You will be missed.

nunaurbiz said...

I had the honor and pleasure of interviewing Mr. Dunne several years ago. He was intriguing and a true gentleman. He was and remains one of my role models as a writer. RIP, Mr. Dunne.

ItsJustMe said...

This is just not a good year. RIP.

RocketQueen said...

Ok all - admission: I've never read a thing by Mr. Dunne, yet have an abiding respect from all I've heard.
So after I finish my current read (The Fountainhead - fabulous!!), which one of his books would you all suggest I read?

redronnie said...

I have read every book and article written by Mr. Dunne. It was a pleasure and a treat to open my monthly subscription of Vanity Fair and flip to his article - I once described him as rich dark chocolate - a delicious necessary sin.

TinselSass said...

On a day full of loss, the CDAN community provides connection and comfort. Thanks to all.

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farmgirl said...

Jiminy Cricket!
I misspoke. My apologies to dear Mr. Dunne.
The wonderful book is

Another City, Not My Own
It is about the OJ trial. Fascinating and compelling, with his unique voice.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

No, no, no, no, no, no no, no!

I am heartbroken to learn this news.

To the uninitiated, I strongly recommend Fatal Charms, Dominick Dunne's account of his daughter's murder and the subsequent trial of her killer. You will understand why he is such a victim's rights advocate after reading this. Also loved An Inconvenient Woman; Another City, Not My Own; his interview with Queen Noor for Vanity Fair; his coverage of the Menendez and OJ Simpson trials. Too many to list.

While he was covering the Simpson criminal trial for Vanity Fair, I wrote to Mr. Dunne about it, and he was kind enough to send a personal note back.

Rest in peace, dear man. The world will be a duller place without you.

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Apropos of nothing, the third picture down is actually his brother John Gregory Dunne, his wife Joan Didion, and their daughter.

ardleighstreet said...

This year can not end fast enough.

Thank you Mr. Dunne for being a champion for victim's rights. You will be missed.

Judi said...

^^ Yes, Ardleigh. I loved this man. He was brilliant and all love.
He and Ted are terrible losses. :-C

Judi said...

Also, the book he was currently writing was completed while he was at the clinic. IIRC, it was supposed to be published this December.

Unknown said...

I loved this man, he did so much for victims rights after his daughter was murdered. He's one of the reasons I never let my VF subscription run out since the 80's.

He was a wonderful writer, and will be missed very much. He was the originator of classy snark.

K said...

Everybody else said it better. What a terrific, captivating writer.

P.S. Another City, Not My Own is fascinating, RocketQueen. But pretty much anything of his that you decide to read first will get you hooked.

Momster said...

I had no idea that Griffin Dunne was his son.
I remember when his daughter was murdered. What a sad, terrible thing to live through as a parent and then live it again in the courtroom.
RIP Mr. Dunne.

JessieE said...

I am yet another longstanding Dominick Dunne fan ... god bless and godspeed Mr. Dunne.

Mrs George Glass said...

How sad. I really admired him, particularly for how he turned his unspeakable tragedy into doing so much good for victims' rights and exposing injustice. I loved his crime show, especially the Von Bulow and Claudine Longet/Spider Sabich episodes, and was riveted by his Phil Spector reports. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend the doco on him, 'Celebrity:Dominick Dunne'. What a great loss, but it is comforting to know the legacy of his good work remains and that he has inspired so many. RIP.

Trixie said...

I loved his column in Vanity Fair (as well as his books). He knew EVERYBODY and I loved his namedropping LOL! He seemed like such a warm and interesting old fashioned gentleman. I loved the way he would refer to old Hollywood couples:
"We had the Gary Coopers over for supper, etc."

merrick said...

Dominick Dunne made me a fan of non fiction writing. He was a brilliant writer and a captivating speaker. The stories that he wrote were I am sure, only the tip of the iceberg of all the things that he has seen during his lifetime. RIP you will be forever remembered and cherished.

Mrs George Glass said...

I can't believe he and Ellie Greenwich have died on the same day. They are two of my favourite people ever.

MnGddess said...

Ted Kennedy was a murderer. Plain and simple.

RIP Dominick Dunne. he was great reading.

Jenn B. said...

I loved his writing also. Particularly his crime reporting. He gave a voice to the victim like no other. RIP, Mr. Dunne, you will be missed.

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