Amanda Duff

Amanda Duff (March 6, 1914 - April 6, 2006) was an American actress on stage and in films.

Amanda Duff
BornMarch 6, 1914
DiedApril 6, 2006
Spouse(s)Philip Dunne (1939-1992, his death)
Children3 daughters

Duff was born in Fresno, California, and grew up in Santa Barbara, California. She went on to study music at Mills College and later to study piano in New York City.[1]

She was discovered by the playwright Robert E. Sherwood who cast her in a Broadway production of Tovarich (1936).[1] She played Helene DuPont, a daughter of a rich family.[2]

Duff's films included The Devil Commands (1941) and Mr. Moto in Danger Island (1939).[3]

In 1939,[1] she married screenwriter and film director Philip Dunne.[4] They had three daughters.[1]

After Duff retired from acting, she took up photography. Her work was recognized when the presentation "Glimpses of the USA" at the American National Exhibition in Moscow in 1959 include some of her photographs of American children.[1]

On April 6, 2006, Duff died of cancer in San Francisco, California, at age 92. She was survived by three daughters, a brother, and two grandchildren.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. McLellan, Dennis (April 21, 2006). "Amanda Duff Dunne, 92; Former Actress Whose Malibu Home Was Hollywood Salon". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 18 June 2017. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  2. Corby, Jane (June 4, 1937). "'Almost 21,' She Believes in Luck". The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. New York, Brooklyn. p. 8. Retrieved June 18, 2017 via
  3. Jones, Stephen (2011). The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 18. Little, Brown Book Group. ISBN 9781780332772. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  4. McGilligan, Patrick (1986). Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age. University of California Press. p. 152. ISBN 9780520056893. Retrieved 18 June 2017.

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