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Also Known As: Died:
Born: April 29, 1952 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: actor, stand-up comic, model, waitress

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This pretty, sharp-featured actress made a niche for herself playing funny, smart-mouthed character roles on TV and the big screen. A Chicago native, Dunn studied to be an artist before moving to California. By 1981, she was working as a stand-up comic. Dunn joined her hometown's Roxy cabaret in 1983 and moved East when she was cast in "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) in 1985. Her five year stint on the venerable sketch comedy show was relatively uneventful with her only memorable characters being obtuse talk show host Pat Stevens and one-half of the Vegas-style Sweeney Sisters act. In 1990, Dunn left the show shortly after boycotting an episode hosted by controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay.

This pretty, sharp-featured actress made a niche for herself playing funny, smart-mouthed character roles on TV and the big screen. A Chicago native, Dunn studied to be an artist before moving to California. By 1981, she was working as a stand-up comic. Dunn joined her hometown's Roxy cabaret in 1983 and moved East when she was cast in "Saturday Night Live" (NBC) in 1985. Her five year stint on the venerable sketch comedy show was relatively uneventful with her only memorable characters being obtuse talk show host Pat Stevens and one-half of the Vegas-style Sweeney Sisters act. In 1990, Dunn left the show shortly after boycotting an episode hosted by controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Entourage (2015)
2.
 Guilt Trip, The (2012)
3.
 Answer Man, The (2009)
5.
 It's Complicated (2009)
6.
8.
 Darwin Awards (2006)
9.
 Southland Tales (2006)
10.
 Love for Rent (2005)
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1985:
Joined cast of NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (through 1990)
1988:
Film debut, "Working Girl"
1990:
Boycotted episode of "Saturday Night Live" hosted by Andrew Dice Clay; eventually left the series
1992:
TV-movie debut, "Mastergate" (Showtime)
1993:
Primetime series debut as TV producer Norma Lear on "Sisters" (NBC)
1997:
Wrote and performed in the stage show, "Small Prey"
1999:
Featured in the critically acclaimed features "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "Three Kings"
2000:
Acted in the comedy "What Planet Are You From?"
2001:
Had diverse parts in the comedies "What's the Worst that Could Happen?" and "Max Keeble's Big Move"
2003:
Featured in the comedy "Bruce Almighty"
2003:
Played Mrs. Carver in "The Hebrew Hammer"
2004:
Had a small role as a Judge in the romantic comedy "Laws of Attraction," which starred Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore
2005:
Cast opposite Courteney Cox in the drama "November"; premiered at Sundance
2007:
Co-starred in Richard Kelly's ensemble film, "Southland Tales"
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Education

San Francisco City College: San Francisco , California -
St Mary's Academy: Belleville , Illinois -
Academy of Fine Arts: Chicago , Illinois -
Art Institute of Chicago: Chicago , Illinois - 1970 - 1972

Notes

On playing a lesbian on "Sisters": "It's funny when people ask if I'm a lesbian. I played a real estate agent in 'Father of the Bride, Part II,' but no one has asked me if I sell real estate." --Nora Dunn to The Advocate, January 23, 1996.

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husband:
Ray Hutcheson. Playwright. Married in 1987; divorced.
husband:
Sean McGarry. Set builder. Married in 1998.

Family close complete family listing

father:
John Dunn. Musician, poet. Died 1986.
mother:
Margaret Dunn. Nurse. Served as vice president of The Senior Center in Bothell, Washington.
brother:
Kevin Dunn. Actor. Born in 1956.

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