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Published:August 27th, 2009 19:45 EST
Been There Dunne That: An Account of the Life of Author Dominick Dunne

Been There Dunne That: An Account of the Life of Author Dominick Dunne

By Avah LaReaux

Literary legend Dominick Dunne dies at age 83

The judicial lives of the rich and famous were his muse, a pad and pen his forum. Bestselling author and journalist Dominick Dunne lost his battle with bladder cancer on Wednesday at age 83.

Producing such novels as The Two Mrs. Grenvilles, A Season in Purgatory, and Another City, Not My Own, Dunne was known for his ability to unveil the path where high society and high stakes crimes meet. This ability is said to have been greatly influenced by the murder of his daughter, actress Dominique Dunne, in 1982. The experience is said to have left an indelible mark on the author and his writing.

A graduate of Williams College in 1949, Dunne was known as somewhat of a thespian, appearing in various plays. After college, Dunne moved to New York where he began work that eventually led to his career as a movie producer. A documentary film about Dunne`s life entitled, After the Party, is set to be released on DVD.

Despite his illness, Dunne remained true to the literary craft as he traveled, often against the wishes of doctors and family, to conduct research regarding his passion. His trip to Las Vegas in September 2008 for postscript coverage of the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial punctuates this fact. Dunne also traveled for personal reasons as he visited German and the Dominican Republic for experimental stem cell treatments to assist in his fight against cancer.

As a journalist, Dunne worked tirelessly for Vanity Fair. His article, "Justice: A Father`s Account of the Trial of his Daughter`s Killer", chronicles his experience as he attended the trial of his daughter`s murderer. Later in his career, Dunne`s courtroom research led him to cover high profile cases such as the rape trial of William Kennedy Smith in 1991 and the murder trial of Erik and Lyle Menedez in 1993. Dunne discontinued his column with Vanity Fair to focus on completing his final novel, Too Much Money, which is to be released in December.