Best known for her role in the Poltergeist, she also appeared in a number of television shows. She was murdered in her driveway by her ex-boyfriend.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Born Dominique Ellen Dunne November 23, 1959 Santa Monica, California, U.S. Died November 4, 1982 (aged 22) Los Angeles, California, U.S. Cause of death Strangulation Resting place Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery; kidneys and heart donated to transplant recipients Education Harvard-Westlake School Occupation Actress Years active 1979–1982 Notable work Poltergeist (1982) Parent(s) Dominick Dunne Ellen Griffin Relatives Griffin Dunne (brother) John Gregory Dunne (uncle) Hannah Dunne (niece) Dominique Ellen Dunne (November 23, 1959 – November 4, 1982) was an American actress. She appeared in several films and television series from 1979 to 1982, but was best known for portraying Dana Freeling in the 1982 horror film Poltergeist.
On October 30, 1982, Dunne was strangled by her ex-boyfriend, John Thomas Sweeney, in the driveway of her West Hollywood home and went into a coma. She never regained consciousness and died five days later. In a controversial court case, Sweeney was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in Dunne's death and served three and a half years in prison. Dunne was 22 years old when she died.
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