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Dominique Ellen Dunne 1959 - 1982

Dominique Ellen Dunne II of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States was born on November 23, 1959 in Santa Monica to Dominick John Dunne and Ellen Beatriz Dunne. She had siblings Alexander L. Dunne, Thomas Griffin Dunne, Dominique Dunne, and Beatriz Dunne. Dominique Dunne died at age 22 years old on November 4, 1982 in Los Angeles, and was buried on November 6, 1982 at Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary - in Los Angeles.
Dominique Ellen Dunne II
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
November 23, 1959
Santa Monica, California, United States
November 4, 1982
Los Angeles, California, United States
Female
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Dominique Ellen Dunne II's History: 1959 - 1982

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  • 11/23
    1959

    Birthday

    November 23, 1959
    Birthdate
    Santa Monica, California United States
    Birthplace
  • Ethnicity & Family History

    Irish and Mexican ancestry through parents
  • Professional Career

    Dominique was an actress, most notable for her role in the 1982 film “Poltergeist”, where she played Dana Freeling, the oldest daughter of the Freeling family.
  • Personal Life & Family

    In 1981, during the peak of her career, Dominique Dunne met John Thomas Sweeney (now known as John Patrick Maura) at a party. They began dating and swiftly moved into a rented home in West Hollywood together. Unfortunately, John Sweeney soon showed his true colors and grew abusive. Sweeney would become jealous when Dominique encountered other men, even co-stars. One evening, he became so enraged during an argument that he strangled Dunne. Another altercation left her with bruises and torn out hair. Dominique eventually gained the courage to dump Sweeney. However, on October 30, 1982, Dominique’s estranged ex-boyfriend approached their once shared home. He insisted that they speak, to which Dunne agreed. He wanted her to take him back, but she refused, and a verbal argument ensued. In a rage, John Sweeney once again strangled Dominique, this time nearly to death, and she never regained consciousness. Six days later, her family removed her from life support at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she died from her injuries.
  • 11/4
    1982

    Death

    November 4, 1982
    Death date
    Homicide
    Cause of death
    Los Angeles, California United States
    Death location
  • 11/6
    1982

    Gravesite & Burial

    November 6, 1982
    Funeral date
    Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary - in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California United States
    Burial location
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Dominique (middle) with her brothers Alex (left) and Griffin (right), and their mother’s pet cat, Brindsley; at their mother’s home on Crescent Drive.

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Dominique as a little girl
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Dominique in Italy

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Dominique with her brother, Alex

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Wow...I never knew she was murdered. Of course I was very aware of her because of the Poltergeist film. Thank you for sharing ML!

I've been adding to the youngest daughter in Poltergeist Heather O'Rourke over the years.
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