Dominick Dunne, American writer and investigative journalist, died Wednesday, August 26 at his home in New York City, after a long battle with bladder cancer. He frequently examined the relationship between high society and the judicial system. He was successful both as a television and Hollywood film producer and a writer.
The Two Mrs. Grenvilles was based on the actual killing of millionaire William Woodward by his wife in 1955. In the book, showgirl Ann Arden kills her millionaire husband after she is unable to gain sufficient respect in the elite social circle. People Like Us examined the manners and values of 1980's high society. An Inconvenient Woman focuses on an affair between married Jules Mendelson, a member of the Los Angeles elite social circle, and Flo March, a waitress and aspiring actress.
Dunne covered the trials of O.J. Simpson, Michael Skakel, William Kennedy Smith and the Menendez brothers. In March 1984, Dominicks' first major piece for Vanity Fair appeared which covered the trial of the man who murdered Dunne's actress daughter. He later began writing regularly for Vanity Fair. The essay, "Justice: A Father's Account of the Trial of His Daughter's Killer" was published as well as a piece documenting the trial of Eric and Lyle Menendez, two brothers convicted of the 1989 shotgun murders of their parents. Vanity Fair magazine also published profiles of Imelda Marcos, Elizabeth Taylor and Gloria Vanderbilt.