Dominique Dunne

dunne1November 23, 1959 – November 4, 1982

Not all Hollywood stories have happy endings.

Dominique Dunne was a rising star who had appeared in a number of television shows when her life was cut short by a jealous and possessive ex-boyfriend.  Dunne – the daughter of writer Dominick Dunne and sister of director/producer Griffin Dunne – appeared in the 1981 horror classic Poltergeist. This was to be her first and only feature film appearance.  She was cast in and was in rehearsals for a new mini-series, V, when she was attacked and strangled on her front porch by her estranged boyfriend. Dominique was declared brain dead and remained on life-support for several days following the attack.  She died 5 days later at just 22 years-old.  She was buried in Westwood Memorial Park, not far from where her Poltergeist co-star, Heather O’Rourke, would later be interred after also dying tragically.


Westwood Village Memorial Park – Los Angeles , CA

Specific Location

Section D, L-189; Near the south curb of the main lawn section


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