Dominique Dunne

Birth Name:
Dominique Ellen Dunne
Birth Date:
November 23, 1959
Birth Place:
Santa Monica, California
Death Date:
November 4, 1982
Place of Death:
8723 Rangely Avenue, West Hollywood, California
Cause of Death:
Cemetery Name:
Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary
Claim to Fame:
Show Business
Dominique Dunne was an American actress who first appeared in the 1979 television film Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker which she parlayed into supporting roles in popular 1980s television series such as Lou Grant, Hart to Hart and Fame and Breaking Away. In 1981, she was cast in her first and only feature film, Poltergeist, produced by Steven Spielberg and directed by Tobe Hooper. Shortly after the release of the hit movie she was strangled to death in the driveway of her West Hollywood home by ex-boyfriend and psychopath John Sweeney who served less that 4 years in prison for his crime. 

Fun Fact

Dominique Dunne has quite the pedigree:

  • Her mother was Ellen Beatriz “Lenny” (née Griffin), a ranching heiress
  • Her father was fabled writer, producer, actor and investigative journalist Dominick Dunne
  • She was the niece of married novelists John Gregory Dunne and Joan Didion
  • Her godparents were Maria Cooper-Janis, daughter of actors Gary Cooper and Veronica “Rocky” Cooper, and producer Martin Manulis

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Memorial Park & Mortuary

1218 Glendon Avenue

Los Angeles, California, 90024


North America


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Grave Location:

Section D, Lot 193

Grave Location Description

As you drive into the cemetery entrance, go straight and park at the chapel. Miss Dunne’s final resting place can be found in the 3rd row of the center lawn section, directly across the street from the entrance to the chapel.



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34.058217, -118441079

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