Faye Dunaway

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Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway - 1971 - PBS.JPG
in a 1971 PBS play
BornDorothy Faye Dunaway
(1941-01-14) January 14, 1941 (age 73)
Bascom, Florida, United States
Years active1962–present
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Spouse(s)Peter Wolf (1974–1979)
Terry O'Neill (1983–1987)
ChildrenLiam O'Neill (b. 1980)
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Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway - 1971 - PBS.JPG
in a 1971 PBS play
BornDorothy Faye Dunaway
(1941-01-14) January 14, 1941 (age 73)
Bascom, Florida, United States
Years active1962–present
ReligionRoman Catholicism
Spouse(s)Peter Wolf (1974–1979)
Terry O'Neill (1983–1987)
ChildrenLiam O'Neill (b. 1980)

Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941) is an American actress. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1976 film Network.[1] Dunaway was previously nominated for Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Chinatown (1974). She has starred in a variety of other successful films, including The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Little Big Man (1970), The Towering Inferno (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), and Mommie Dearest (1981).

Early life[edit]

Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of Grace April (née Smith), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Army.[2] She is of Scots-Irish, English, and German descent.[3][4][5] She attended Florida State University,[6][7] and Boston University, but graduated from the University of Florida in theater. In 1962, Dunaway joined the American National Theater and Academy.


Dunaway appeared on Broadway in 1962 as the daughter of Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons and in 1965 off-Broadway in Hogan's Goat, for which she was well received. Her first screen role was in the 1967 comedy The Happening. In 1967, she was in Hurry Sundown, a drama directed by Otto Preminger. Preminger regretted casting Dunaway, who stated that Preminger knew nothing about the process of acting. She resented having him yell at her in public and commented, "Once I've been crossed, I'm not very conciliatory." After filming was completed, she sued Preminger to win her release from the five-film contract she had signed with him. An out-of-court settlement was reached in March 1968. Dunaway later admitted in her autobiography, "It cost me a lot of money to not work for Otto again . . . I regretted paying him [but] I thought he was awful." She did win a BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.

That same year, she gained the leading female role in Bonnie and Clyde opposite Warren Beatty, as bank robber Bonnie Parker. She beat out other actresses such as Jane Fonda, Natalie Wood, Cher, and Leslie Caron for the role. The film was an enormous success, and broke taboos on how violence and sex were presented in films. The film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including one for Dunaway as Best Actress (she lost to Katharine Hepburn). The film is one that Dunaway continues to be identified with. She also starred with Steve McQueen in the 1968 caper film The Thomas Crown Affair (and had a small role in the 1999 remake with the same title with Pierce Brosnan), and the film was also a hit. For several years after this, she appeared in films that went unnoticed by the general public. Little Big Man alongside Dustin Hoffman was one of the few hits she had at this time. One critical triumph was 1970's Puzzle of a Downfall Child, which Dunaway herself holds in high regard despite its relative obscurity.

Her career bounced back when she starred in Chinatown, an acclaimed mystery film directed by Roman Polanski. Dunaway co-starred with Jack Nicholson as the doomed femme fatale Evelyn Mulwray in one of her most famous roles. She clashed with Polanski during the filming, who reportedly pulled out a single string of her hair that was sticking out conspicuously in the back light. But, in the end, the film was heralded by critics and was a box office success. Dunaway was again nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but lost to Ellen Burstyn. She also appeared as the villainous Milady in The Three Musketeers and its sequel The Four Musketeers and performed in the hugely successful disaster film The Towering Inferno alongside Paul Newman and Steve McQueen. Another successful film was 1975's Three Days of the Condor with Robert Redford.

In 1976, she was cast in Network as the scheming TV executive Diana Christensen, who will do anything for higher ratings. She appeared with William Holden, Peter Finch, and Robert Duvall. It received excellent reviews and did well at the box office. In addition to the favorable notices it attracted on its release, the film has come to be seen as almost prophetic in its examination of the television industry. Dunaway's performance won high praise, and she received the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama. After her Oscar win, she turned down Vanessa Redgrave's role in Julia. She headlined the all-star Voyage of the Damned, and had another hit in the thriller Eyes of Laura Mars, finishing out the 1970s with the remake of the The Champ.

In the 1980s, although her performances did not waver, the parts grew less compelling.[8] Dunaway would later blame Mommie Dearest (1981).[8] The film was envisioned as a dramatic piece about film actress Joan Crawford, who allegedly had abused her children. The film opened to negative reviews, yet Dunaway's performance caused a polarized reception. Notoriously harsh critic Pauline Kael raved over Dunaway's performance, while Variety derided her for being over the top. She received a Razzie Award for Worst Actress, though she came in second for both the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress. Dunaway would discuss the film periodically in the 1980s, dismissing the film as 'exploitation' and stating her performance was almost kabuki style. Dunaway, in later years, has refused to talk about the film, and it is one topic that is off limits in her interviews. Her performance was later ranked as one of AFI's Best Villains and the infamous quote "No wire hangers, ever!" was ranked one of the most memorable quotes of all time. The film amassed a cult following.

She enjoyed, briefly (12 previews, 32 performances),[9] a return to Broadway starring in The Curse of An Aching Heart, by William Alfred (author of the previous Hogan's Goat). The play opened at the Little Theatre (now Helen Hayes Theatre) on Jan 25, 1982. "The beauteous and appealing star gives a winning performance..",[10] ".. Miss Dunaway's absence from the theater has not dimmed her stage technique. She's usually in command." [11]

She received top billing for her villainess role in Supergirl (1984), which reviewed poorly as well and yielded disappointing box office returns. She won a Golden Globe Award for her comic role as actress Maud (starring with Richard Burton) in the CBS miniseries Ellis Island. A turnaround in her film career came in 1987 with her performance opposite Mickey Rourke in the critically acclaimed Barfly, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.

Dunaway starred in the 1986 made-for-television movie Beverly Hills Madam opposite Melody Anderson, Donna Dixon, Terry Farrell and Robin Givens. She had earlier turned down the role of Sable Colby on The Colbys, the Aaron Spelling spin-off of the nighttime soap opera Dynasty.[12] In 1993, Dunaway briefly starred in a sitcom with Robert Urich, It Had to Be You.[13] She also starred in Arizona Dream with Johnny Depp in 1993, which won the Silver Bear. The film was well received and was successful in Europe, but did not do well in the United States. Dunaway won an Emmy for Best Guest Actress for a 1994 role as a murderer in "It's All in the Game," an episode of the long-running mystery series Columbo. In 1994, she was controversially dropped from the musical Sunset Boulevard that was being brought to the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber. She was involved in a lawsuit with Webber and stated that he asked her to sing in what was beyond her range and then dropped her when she could not do it. In 1996, she found success on stage and toured nationally with the stage play Master Class about opera singer Maria Callas and was well received.[8] On October 2, 1996, Dunaway was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard.[14] Dunaway worked with Angelina Jolie and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in Gia.

In 2000, she turned down Requiem for a Dream[15] and appeared in The Yards. In the following years Dunaway appeared mostly in television guest-roles and small independent movies.[8] In 2006, Dunaway played a character named Lois O'Neill in season six, episode 13 of the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, titled "Kiss-Kiss, Bye-Bye". She also appeared on Touched by an Angel and Grey's Anatomy. She served as a judge on the 2005 reality show The Starlet, which sought, American Idol-style, to find the next young actress with the potential to become a major star. In the spring of 2007, the direct-to-DVD movie release of Rain, based on the novel by V. C. Andrews and starring Dunaway, was released. Reportedly, Dunaway has been trying to make a film out of the play Master Class for several years, and even took writing classes to adapt the play. Her Twitter updates state that the film is due to be released in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Dunaway was previously engaged to Jerry Schatzberg,[16] who directed her in Puzzle of a Downfall Child, and had two-year live-in relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni, her co-star in A Place for Lovers. In 1974, Dunaway married Peter Wolf, the lead singer of the rock group The J. Geils Band; they divorced in 1979.[1] From 1983 to 1987, she was married to Terry O'Neill, a British photographer.[17] She and O'Neill have one child, Liam O'Neill (born 1980). In 2003, despite Dunaway's earlier claims that she had given birth to Liam, Terry claimed that Liam was adopted.[17]

Dunaway is an adult convert to Roman Catholicism.[18]

In August, 2011, Dunaway was sued for eviction by the landlord of her rent stabilized apartment on East 78th Street in Manhattan. The suit alleged that she was not actually residing in the apartment but rather lived in California. Rent stabilization rules require tenants to live in the apartment they are renting as a primary residence, not as a second home. If Dunaway were to leave the apartment, rented by her on August 1, 1994, the landlord could receive more than double the $1,048.72 per month rent paid by Dunaway.[19] In a voice message to The New York Times, Dunaway said that she had not been evicted, but had chosen to leave the apartment because of its condition and that she had been spending less time in New York City.[20]


1967Hurry SundownLou McDowellBAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Female
The HappeningSandy
Bonnie and ClydeBonnie ParkerDavid di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Laurel Award for Best Actress in a Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1968The Thomas Crown AffairVicki Anderson
A Place for LoversJulia
1969The Extraordinary SeamanJennifer Winslow
The ArrangementGwen
1970Little Big ManMrs. Louise Pendrake
Puzzle of a Downfall ChildLou Andreas SandNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1971The Deadly TrapJill
DocKatie Elder
1972The Woman I LoveWallis Simpson
1973Oklahoma CrudeLena Doyle
The Three MusketeersMilady de Winter
1974ChinatownEvelyn Cross MulwrayNominated — Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
The Towering InfernoSusan Franklin
The Four MusketeersMilady de Winter
1975Three Days of the CondorKathy HaleNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1976NetworkDiana ChristensenAcademy Award for Best Actress
David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
The Disappearance of AimeeAimee Semple McPherson
Voyage of the DamnedDenise Kreisler
1978Eyes of Laura MarsLaura Mars
1979The ChampAnnie
1980The First Deadly SinBarbara Delaney
1981Mommie DearestJoan CrawfordNational Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (2nd place)
Razzie Award for Worst Actress (tied with Bo Derek)
Evita PerónEvita PerónMarvin Chomsky, director
1983The Wicked LadyLady Barbara Skelton
1984Ordeal by InnocenceRachel Argyle
Ellis IslandMaud CharterisGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Terror in the Aislesarchival footage
1985Thirteen at DinnerJane Wilkinson
1986Raspberry RippleMatron + "M"
1987BarflyWanda WilcoxNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1988Midnight CrossingHelen Barton
The GambleCountess Matilda Von WallensteinLa Partita
Burning SecretMrs. Sonya Tuchman
1989Frames from the EdgeHerselfdocumentary
On a Moonlit NightMrs. ColbertIn una notte di chiaro di luna
Wait Until Spring, BandiniMrs. Hildegarde
1990The Handmaid's TaleSerena Joy
The Two JakesEvelyn Mulwrayvoice only
1992Double EdgeFaye MilanoLahav Hatzui
1993Arizona DreamElaine Stalker
The TempCharlene TowneRazzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1995UnzippedHerself – uncreditedDocumentary
Don Juan DeMarcoMarilyn Mickler
1996Dunston Checks InMrs. DubrowNominated — Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
The ChamberLee Cayhall Bowen
Albino AlligatorJanet Boudreaux
1997In Praise of Older WomenCondesa
The Twilight of the GoldsPhyllis GoldNominated — CableACE Award for Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
RebeccaMrs. van HopperTV miniseries
1998GiaWilhelmina CooperGolden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
1999Love Lies BleedingJosephine Butler
The Thomas Crown AffairThe Psychiatrist
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of ArcYolande of Aragon
2000The YardsKitty Olchin
Stanley's GigLeila
Running MatesMeg GableNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001The Yellow BirdAurora BeavisShort subject – also director
Festival in CannesHerselfCameo
Changing HeartsBetty Miller
The Rules of AttractionMrs. Eve Denton
Man of FaithMae West
2003Blind HorizonMs. K
2004Last GoodbyeSean Winston
Anonymous RexShin
El PadrinoAtty. Gen. Navarro
Jennifer's ShadowMary Ellen Cassi
2005Ghosts Never SleepKathleen Dolan
2006Cut OffMarilyn Burton
Love Hollywood StyleGod
RainIsabel Hudson
2007Cougar ClubEdith Birnbaum
Say It in RussianJacqueline de Rossy
The Gene GenerationJosephine Hayden
2008FlickLieutenant Annie McKenzie
La RabbiaMadre
2009The Seduction of Dr. FugazziDetective Rowland
Midnight BayouOdetteLifetime made-for-TV movie
Caroline & The Magic StoneFilomena
BalladynaDr AshUSA-Poland co-production
2010A Family ThanksgivingGinaHallmark Channel Original Movie
2013Master ClassMaria CallasCompleted - also director, producer and writer

Guest appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b Faye Dunaway – biography, Biography.com
  2. ^ Faye Dunaway biography. Film Reference.com.
  3. ^ "Dunaway Does Crawford" October 05, 1981, People Magazine
  4. ^ 'Current Biography Yearbook, Volume 33'. H. W. Wilson Co., 1973. Original from the University of Virginia
  5. ^ Johns, Stephanie Bernardo. 'The Ethnic Almanac'. Stephanie Bernardo Johns. Doubleday, 1981 ISBN 0-385-14143-2, ISBN 978-0-385-14143-7. Page 445
  6. ^ Faye Dunaway. Yahoo Movies.
  7. ^ Office of Greek Life. Florida State University.
  8. ^ a b c d Faye Dunaway- Biography, Yahoo!
  9. ^ Faye Dunaway is Back on the Stage. Carol Lawson, NY Times News service, Jan 27, 1982 | http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1665&dat=19820127&id=EIBPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZCQEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5300,2414005
  10. ^ Douglas Watt, New York Daily News, 01/26/1982 | http://ibdb.com/reviews/index.php?id=4157
  11. ^ Frank Rich, New York Times, Jan 26, 1982 | http://www.nytimes.com/1982/01/26/theater/theater-faye-duanway-returns.html
  12. ^ Wallace, David (February 3, 1986). "British Beauty Stephanie Beacham Sizzles in Sable as Consort to Charlton Heston on the Colbys". People. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  13. ^ Scott, Tony (September 17, 1993). "It Had to Be You". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  14. ^ "Faye Dunaway – Hollywood Walk of Fame". 
  15. ^ Rebello, Stephen (June 1, 2002). "Faye Dunaway: Through The Eyes Of Faye Dunaway". Movie. 
  16. ^ Wilson, Jane (1968-03-10). "Faye's Way". Los Angeles Times. p. N18. "The door of Faye Dunaway's suite at the Hotel George V in Paris opened slowly and cautiously. I was confronted by a dark-haired man wearing a world-weary expression, a black sweater and a droopy Bolivian bandit's moustache. I guessed that this must be Jerry Schatzberg, 40-year-old fashion photographer and Miss Dunaway's true love of two years' standing. He looks about 30, and was once the hero of an article in the late New York Herald Tribune entitled, The Sweet Life of Jerry Schatzberg." 
  17. ^ a b "Dunaway's Son Adopted, Says Ex". Contactmusic.com. 2003-03-11. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  18. ^ Sager, Mike (1999-08-01). "What I've Learned: Faye Dunaway". Esquire. Retrieved 2009-02-19. 
  19. ^ Christine Haughney (2011-08-02). "For Faye Dunaway, Real-Life Role in Housing Court". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  20. ^ Christine Haughney (2011-08-03). "Actress Says She Can't Be Evicted Because She Moved Out". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-07. 

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