Irene Dunne was a huge, albeit fading, star at the time of Disneyland's opening. Nominated for five Academy Awards, Dunne was a revered actress and truly embodied the glamorous nature of old Hollywood. Walt Disney himself requested Irene Dunne to take part in the festivities...which she played a brief but memorable role in. Here is the short clip where she has the honor of christening the riverboat Mark Twain, which still sails today.
So perfect, right?!!? This woman brought the goods with her that day, despite the fact that it was more low brow than her usual gigs. Irene Dunne brings just another layer of love and appreciation to the Rivers Of America.