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In Praise of Our Moms
and their beautiful older names! Names we don't see much any more! Is your mom's name here? Let us know, please.

 

Agnes,
Alberta,
Alice,
Beatrice,
Bernice,
Betty,
Cecile,
Celia,
Charlotte,
Claire.
Clarice,
Delphine,
Dixie,
Dolores,
Doris,
Dorothy,
Edith,
Edna,
Eileen,
Eleanor,
Emily,
Erma,
Esther,
Eugenia,
Eva,
Evelyn,
Faye,
Frances,
Geraldine,
Giselle,
Gloria,
Grace,
Greta,
Gwendlyn,
Harriet,
Hazel,
Helen,
Irene,
Isabelle,
Ivy,
Jessie,
Juanita,
LaVera,
Lillian,
Lois,
Lola,
Loril,
Lorraine,
Lottie,
Louise,
Mabel,
Mae,
Mame,
Marian,
Marjorie,
Martha,
Maxine,
Melba,
Mona,
Muriel,
Norma,
Pearl,
Phyllis,
Priscilla,
Ruth,
Stella,
Sybil,
Theda,
Verna,
Veronica,
Viola,
Vivian,
Wanda
 

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Playing the role of your mom and mine here is actress Irene Dunne, born in Kentucky, 1898, died in Los Angeles,1990. Miss Dunne's acting career stretched from 1922 two 1962. She of her best known movies are "Cimarron" (1931); "Ann Vickers" (1932); "Roberta" (1935); "Magnificent Obsession" (1935); "Theodora Goes Wild" (1936); "The Awful Truth" (1937); and "The White Cliffs of Dover" (1944).

Here's one of Irene's movies that Vern Fotheringham, '66 DEMANDED I include, and it is a great one: 

https://youtu.be/kRKRb7qjCus

She was nominated for 5 Best Actress Oscars.  Those 5 movies were 1930’s Cimarron, 1936’s Theodora Goes Wild, 1937’s The Awful Truth, 1939’s Love Affair and 1948’s I Remember Mama.

Irene Dunne co-starred with the guy shown above  in 3 movies.  1937’s The Awful Truth, 1940’s My Favorite Wife and 1941’s Penny Serenade.

She was married one time, to Dr. Francis Griffin from 1928 until his death in 1965, and they had one daughter. She served as President of Santa Monica's St. John's Hospital Guild; Chairman of the Field Army American Cancer SocietyCo-Chairman of the American Heart Association; and as Co-Chairman of the American Red Cross.

Her nickname was "The Lady", for her personal qualities, the way she treated others, her kindness, and the quiet respect she earned.