Dominick Dunne: Power, Privilege and Justice - All New, 10pm Friday
Author, columnist and producer Dominick Dunne served as the guide for Dominick Dunne's Power, Privilege and Justice. The documentary series, which profiles a selection of high profile crimes, was inspired by Dunne's insightful and colorful essays on celebrity crime and justice, which were often featured in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine.
Mr. Dunne was a special correspondent for Vanity Fair since 1993, having joined the magazine in 1984 as a contributing editor. From actors and artists, to politicians, business leaders and international newsmakers, Dunne kept his readers entertained and informed with his trademark wit, cynicism and commentary. In addition to profiles on personalities such as Imelda Marcos, Robert Mapplethorpe, Elizabeth Taylor, Claus von Bulow, Adnan Khashoggi, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, he also covered the trials of Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith, the Menendez brothers, O. J. Simpson and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
Dunne began his career in New York City as the stage manager of "The Howdy Doody Show." In 1957 he moved to Hollywood and became the executive producer of the television series "Adventures in Paradise." Dunne later served as the president of Four Star, a television company owned by David Niven, Dick Powell, and Charles Boyer. He moved on to producing feature films, including "The Boys in the Band," "Panic in Needle Park," "Play It as It Lays," and "Ash Wednesday."
Dunne moved back to New York in 1980 and embarked on a writing career. His books include "The Two Mrs. Grenvilles" (Crown, 1985), "Fatal Charms" (Crown, 1987), "People Like Us" (Crown, 1988), "An Inconvenient Woman" (Crown, 1990), and "A Season in Purgatory" (Crown, 1993), which aired as a four-hour CBS mini-series. Dunne's novel, "Another City, Not My Own," also published by Crown, was excerpted in the November 1997 issue of Vanity Fair. His memoir, "The Way We Lived Then: Recollections of a Well-Known Name Dropper" (Crown), was published in the fall of 1999. "Justice" (Crown), a collection of previously-published articles written for Vanity Fair, was published in 2001.
His novel "Too Much Money," is scheduled to be released later this year.
At the age of 18, Dunne was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in World War II. He holds a B.A. from Williams College.
Dominick Dunne died in Manhattan on August 26, 2009. He was 83.