Faye Dunaway

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Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway - 1971 - PBS.JPG
in a 1971 PBS play
Born Dorothy Faye Dunaway
(1941-01-14) January 14, 1941 (age 73)
Bascom, Florida, United States
Occupation Actress
Years active 1962–present
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Peter Wolf (1974–1979)
Terry O'Neill (1983–1987)
Children Liam O'Neill (b. 1980)

Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born January 14, 1941) is an American actress. She received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for her performances in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Chinatown (1974), before winning the category with her 1976 performance in Network. Over the course of her career, she has starred in a variety of other successful films, including The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), The Towering Inferno (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Mommie Dearest (1981) and Barfly (1987).

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.[1][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][3][19][dead link]

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.[20] 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.[21]



Year Title Role Notes
1967 Hurry Sundown Lou McDowell
1967 The Happening Sandy
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Bonnie Parker
1968 The Thomas Crown Affair Vicki Anderson
1968 A Place for Lovers Julia
1969 The Extraordinary Seaman Jennifer Winslow
1969 The Arrangement Gwen
1970 Little Big Man Mrs. Louise Pendrake
1970 Puzzle of a Downfall Child Lou Andreas Sand
1971 The Deadly Trap Jill
1971 Doc Katie Elder
1972 The Woman I Love Wallis Simpson
1973 Oklahoma Crude Lena Doyle
1973 The Three Musketeers Milady de Winter
1974 Chinatown Evelyn Cross Mulwray
1974 The Towering Inferno Susan Franklin
1974 The Four Musketeers Milady de Winter
1975 Three Days of the Condor Kathy Hale
1976 Network Diana Christensen
1976 The Disappearance of Aimee Aimee Semple McPherson
1976 Voyage of the Damned Denise Kreisler
1978 Eyes of Laura Mars Laura Mars
1979 The Champ Annie
1980 The First Deadly Sin Barbara Delaney
1981 Mommie Dearest Joan Crawford Dunaway repeatedly refuses to discuss the film
as of early December of 2014.
1981 Evita Perón Evita Perón
1983 The Wicked Lady Lady Barbara Skelton
1984 Ordeal by Innocence Rachel Argyle
1984 Supergirl Selena
1984 Ellis Island Maud Charteris Television film
1984 Terror in the Aisles N/A
1985 Thirteen at Dinner Jane Wilkinson
1986 Raspberry Ripple Matron + "M"
1987 Barfly Wanda Wilcox
1988 Midnight Crossing Helen Barton
1988 The Gamble Countess Matilda Von Wallenstein
1988 Burning Secret Mrs. Sonya Tuchman
1989 Frames from the Edge Herself Documentary
1989 On a Moonlit Night Mrs. Colbert
1989 Wait Until Spring, Bandini Mrs. Hildegarde
1990 The Handmaid's Tale Serena Joy
1990 The Two Jakes Evelyn Mulwray
1991 Scorchers Thais
1992 Double Edge Faye Milano
1993 Arizona Dream Elaine Stalker
1993 The Temp Charlene Towne
1995 Unzipped Herself Uncredited
1995 Don Juan DeMarco Marilyn Mickler
1995 Drunks Becky
1996 Dunston Checks In Mrs. Dubrow
1996 The Chamber Lee Cayhall Bowen
1996 Albino Alligator Janet Boudreaux
1997 In Praise of Older Women Condesa
1997 The Twilight of the Golds Phyllis Gold
1997 Rebecca Mrs. van Hopper Television film
1998 Gia Wilhelmina Cooper Television film
1999 Love Lies Bleeding Josephine Butler
1999 The Thomas Crown Affair The Psychiatrist
1999 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Yolande of Aragon
2000 The Yards Kitty Olchin
2000 Stanley's Gig Leila
2000 Running Mates Meg Gable Television film
2001 The Yellow Bird Aurora Beavis Short film
2001 Festival in Cannes Herself
2002 Mid-Century Blue/Mother
2002 Changing Hearts Betty Miller
2002 The Rules of Attraction Mrs. Eve Denton
2002 Man of Faith aka The Calling Mae West
2003 Blind Horizon Ms. K
2004 Last Goodbye Sean Winston
2004 Anonymous Rex Shin
2004 El Padrino Atty. Gen. Navarro
2004 Jennifer's Shadow Mary Ellen Cassi
2005 Ghosts Never Sleep Kathleen Dolan
2006 Cut Off Marilyn Burton
2006 Love Hollywood Style God
2006 Rain Isabel Hudson
2007 Cougar Club Edith Birnbaum
2007 Say It in Russian Jacqueline de Rossy
2007 The Gene Generation Josephine Hayden
2008 Flick Lieutenant Annie McKenzie
2008 La Rabbia Madre
2009 The Seduction of Dr. Fugazzi Detective Rowland
2009 Midnight Bayou Odette Television film
2009 Caroline & The Magic Stone Filomena
2009 Balladyna Dr Ash
2010 A Family Thanksgiving Gina Television film
2013 Master Class Maria Callas Dunaway studied screenwriting specifically to adapt
the play for film.


Year Title Role Notes
1965 Seaway Alexis Webster Episode: "34th Man"
1966 The Trials of O'Brien Myra Episode: "The 10 Foot, 6 Inch Pole"
1971 Great Performances Kathleen Stanton Episode: "Hogan's Goat"
1993 It Had to Be You Laura Scofield 6 episodes
1993 Columbo Lauren Staton Episode: "It's All in the Game"
1995 Road to Avonlea Countess Polenska Episode: "What a Tangled Web We Weave"
1998 A Will of Their Own Margaret Sanger Episode: "#1.1"
2001 Touched by an Angel Dr. Rebecca Markham 2 episodes
2002 Soul Food Katherine Burke Episode: "Tonight at Noon"
2002–2003 Alias Ariana Kane 3 episodes
2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lois O'Neill Episode: "Kiss-Kiss, Bye-Bye"
2009 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Margaret Campbell Episode: "An Honest Mistake"


Year Title Role Notes
1961–1963 A Man for All Seasons Margaret More
1964–1965 After the Fall Nurse
1964 But for Whom Charlie Faith Prosper
1964 The Changeling Maid
1965–1967 Hogan's Goat Kathleen Stanton
1982 The Curse of an Aching Heart Frances Walsh

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1968 Academy Awards Best Actress Bonnie and Clyde Nominated
BAFTA Awards Newcomer to Leading Film Roles Won
David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actress Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
New Star of the Year – Actress Hurry Sundown Nominated
1971 Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Puzzle of a Downfall Child Nominated
1975 Academy Awards Best Actress Chinatown Nominated
BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Nominated
1976 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Three Days of the Condor Nominated
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Network Won
1977 Academy Awards Best Actress Won
David di Donatello Awards Best Foreign Actress Won
Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Won
National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
1978 BAFTA Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1981 National Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Mommie Dearest Nominated
New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Nominated
Razzie Awards Worst Actress The First Deadly Sin Nominated
1982 Mommie Dearest Won
1984 The Wicked Lady Nominated
1985 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Ellis Island Won
Razzie Awards Worst Actress Supergirl Nominated
1988 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama Barfly Nominated
1990 Razzie Awards Worst Actress of the Decade Herself Nominated
1994 Golden Globe Awards Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Columbo Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series Won
Razzie Awards Worst Actress The Temp Won
1996 Gemini Awards Best Guest Actress in a Drama Series Road to Avonlea Nominated
1997 CableACE Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Miniseries The Twilight of the Golds Nominated
Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress The Chamber Nominated
Dunston Checks In Nominated
1998 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Gia Won
Razzie Awards Worst Supporting Actress Albino Alligator Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie The Twilight of the Golds Nominated
1999 Satellite Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Gia Nominated
2001 Golden Globe Awards Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Running Mates Nominated


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  11. ^ Frank Rich, New York Times, Jan 26, 1982 | http://www.nytimes.com/1982/01/26/theater/theater-faye-duanway-returns.html
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  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. ^ The Independent: "Faye Dunaway's" by Kaleem Aftab 15 November 2013
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  20. ^ Christine Haughney (2011-08-02). "For Faye Dunaway, Real-Life Role in Housing Court". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-08-03. 
  21. ^ 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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