Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
Dorothy Faye Dunaway is an American actress. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1976 film Network. She 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), Three Days of the Condor (1975), and Mommie Dearest (1981).
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'Network' Came Out 40 Years Ago And Trump Is Proof It Still Matters
Huffington Post - 5 months
The relationship we have with the media is a complicated one. We binge, hate-watch, cry, and laugh with characters familiar and unfamiliar. We equally suspend our disbelief and get all swept up in it. Few films have summarized (and satirized) this relationship as well as the movie “Network” ― a shocking feat when you remember that the film came out in 1976. Still, “Network” remains a provocative and influential film that acts as both a timepiece and a terrifying crystal ball.   The film follows respected anchorman Howard Beale, who we’re introduced to just as he gets fired from the network he works for, UBS. Distraught, Beale announces that he’s going to kill himself on air à la Christine Chubbuck, sending ratings through the roof. The black dramedy then takes many wild turns beginning with the ratings-hungry TV executives keeping Beale on the air as he mentally breaks down night after night. Other plot points include the beautiful, albeit heartless, reporter Diana Christen ...
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All Is Right In The World Because Faye Dunaway Is Still A Huge Diva On Set
Huffington Post - 5 months
How do you solve a problem like Faye Dunaway? You don’t, because she’s a legend, goddamnit! Some celebrities need to be put in their place now and again for diva behavior (Reese “Do you know my name?” Witherspoon), while others have earned the right to be a total nightmare.  Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy winner Dunaway obviously falls into the latter category. But in case you were thinking old age has softened Dunaway’s edges, think again.  The 75-year-old was reportedly in fine form during an interview and photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar, where she ordered commoners on set to acquiesce to her every request.  At the photo shoot for this story on the day before the interview, there were certainly moments when Dunaway lived up to her legend. “Everybody out of my eye line!” she bellowed, when she wasn’t objecting to a camera angle or an outfit. According to Harper’s, Dunaway later made amends for her behavior by apologizing for “any stress she ...
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Faye Dunaway on Why She Regrets 'Mommie Dearest'
ABC News - 6 months
"I should have known better," she says of the movie about Joan Crawford.
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'Game of Thrones': Three-eyed raven soothsayers, pinball games and Faye Dunaway -- inside the L.A. premiere
LATimes - 11 months
Winter finally came to Los Angeles … by way of Westeros. The creators and sprawling cast of "Game of Thrones," HBO's fantasy epic, descended on Hollywood on Sunday for the Season 6 premiere bash. The TCL Chinese Theatre served as host for the unveiling before attendees ignited a glamorous stampede...
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"That Killer Instinct"
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Inspired by a stellar review in the New Yorker of David O. Russell's new movie, "Joy," I headed out for the theater. The script, the New Yorker's (unnamed) film critic reported, "captures the magical moment when Joy's private inspiration finds public expression," and, "the core of the film is Joy's mastery of the killer instinct and her deft plotting of bold confrontations." My kind of flick. Ok, I admit: I've become a Jennifer Lawrence fan, and not the way you think. I've never seen one "Hunger Games." But after being mesmerized by her willful, complex characters in "Silver Linings Playbook," "American Hustle," and "Serena" (a powerful performance in what was a poorly reviewed film, but I loved it) Lawrence's intensity coupled with her loveliness has won me over. Others agree: Rolling Stone ' s Peter Travers wrote that Lawrence "is some kind of miracle. She's rude, dirty, funny, foulmouthed, sloppy, sexy, vibrant, and vulnerable, sometimes all in the same scene, even in the s ...
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CultureZohn: Bonnie and Clyde and Me
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Bonnie and Clyde courtesy J. "Boots" Hinton American Experience is airing their season opening film tonight on Bonnie and Clyde. It's comprehensive and thoughtful, and grounds the story most of us came to know through the 1967 film directed by Arthur Penn starring Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty. The real depression era story is only 50 percent as glam. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow did excite the down-at-the-heels country with their derring-do, it was an age when gangsters offered some relief against the powerlessness most felt. Clyde was an expert at hot-wiring cars (they didn't actually rob as many banks), Bonnie had stars in her eyes. Their short-lived spree ended in tragedy. The real Bonnie and Clyde death scene It points up that sometimes fiction is much more fun than truth, and in the case of this film, another species entirely. Bonnie and Clyde trailer, 1967 Here I must confess partisanship right off the top. I have loved Arthur Penn's Bonnie ...
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What's the Most Shocking Thing About Tell-All 'Mommie Dearest Diary'?
Huffington Post - about 1 year
One expects Shock -- with a capital 'S' -- when reading a book called The Mommie Dearest Diary -- Carol Ann Tells All. And actress Rutanya Alda's book, all about the nightmare of playing Joan Crawford's faithful maid opposite Faye Dunaway in the notorious 1981 camp classic, does not disappoint. All the rumors about Ms. Dunaway's grandstanding diva behavior are true, if Ms. Alda is to be believed. And its easy to believe what you're reading. Because the biggest shock about Alda's memoirs is it's tone. Despite justifiably having a "Tina, bring me the ax-to-grind" against Ms. Dunaway, the actress isn't mean-spirited or shrill. It is, in fact, a balanced memoir. Most readers will be engrossed, but those looking for a literary cat fight may be disappointed. The book is broken down into three parts, First, a brief autobiography introduces readers to who Ms. Rutanya Alda is (an accomplished veteran film actress with a resume that includes classics like "The Deer Hunter" as well as c ...
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Faye Dunaway Will Open Up About 'Mommie Dearest' In A New Book: Report
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Faye Dunaway may finally open up about what really went on behind the scenes of the 1981 camp classic, "Mommie Dearest." Publisher’s Lunch mentioned the prospective memoir in a recent newsletter, according to Queerty: Academy Award winning actress Faye Dunaway’s recollections, stories and behind the scenes account of the making of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, Mommie Dearest, to Julia Cheiffetz at Dey Street Books, by Alan Nevins at Renaissance (World). If the book materializes, it will mark one of the first times that Dunaway, 74, has discussed "Mommie Dearest" in any length. She is believed to have blamed the Joan Crawford biopic for nearly destroying her career, and journalists have reportedly been instructed to make no reference to the movie when interviewing the star, as The Guardian's Xan Brooks pointed out in 2008. Dunaway, who nabbed an Academy Award in 1976 for "Network," is said to have been aiming for another Oscar nod for her portrayal of Joan Crawf ...
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Track and field writer James Dunaway has died
Houston Chronicle - almost 2 years
Longtime track and field writer James Dunaway, who covered the sport at 14 Olympic Games from Melbourne in 1956 through Beijing in 2008, died Sunday at his home in Austin, according to USA Track and Field. Dunaway, who was born in Houston but lived most of his life in New York before moving to Austin in the 1990s, was 87. Dunaway took a leave of absence from his job with an advertising agency to travel to Australia for the 1956 Olympics. He eventually traveled to 33 countries to cover track and field, he told the Austin American-Statesman in 2008. His stories appeared in The New York Times, Esquire, Sports Illustrated and many other newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, and he also worked for ABC Sports at the 1972 Olympics and wrote for national and international track and field magazines. He twice was president of the Track and Field Writers of America and was selected in 2010 to the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. Dunaway is survived by a son, David Dunaway ...
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Faye Dunaway parts with her compound in West Hollywood
LATimes - about 2 years
Renowned actress Faye Dunaway has sold her compound in West Hollywood for $1.45 million.
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Woody Allen and the Art of the Impossible
Huffington Post - about 3 years
There are three things I've been reminded of since the reignited Woody Allen controversy started swirling around the blogosphere like one of those bizarre tornadoes that half the country thinks is God's reckoning on a sinful planet. One, unless the offer came from a close family member or a very close friend, I would never agree to be a nanny or a baby-sitter. Two, no matter the writer or the publication, there is no such thing as unbiased journalism. Finally, when it comes to push-button topics, facts are considered insulting; sound bites are divine. Why number one? As a gay, single man in his forties, should I ever be publicly accused of molesting a child, male or female, my reputation would be destroyed for life. If I legally cleared my name and won, I might avoid criminal punishment, but the guilty verdict would remain, if only in the shadows. My writing career has consisted of many things, like a new book about my dog. ("Methinks he loves his dog a bit too much, and he lets th ...
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Fashion Kills!
Huffington Post - about 3 years
"I can afford a blemish on my character, but not on my clothes," says Shelby Carpenter, played by Vincent Price in Laura, Otto Preminger's 1944 film. When actors are questioned about the process of getting into character they invariably cite that the right pair of shoes or gloves, a strict corset or a comfy cardigan will help them shape and inhabit their fictional persona far greater than any notes from the director. In Dressing Dangerously: Dysfunctional Fashion in Film, a new book by Jonathan Faiers, the author explores this knife-edge relationship between fashion and film, and documents the tiny sartorial details that can tailor the narrative as much as the script. Faiers' own narrative covers and uncovers every area of the screen wardrobe. There is the iconic trench coat as worn by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffanys, the symbolic red dress that brands Bette Davis a 'scarlet woman' in Jezebel, the 'wages of sin' fur coat coveted by Doris Day ...
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Our Money and Our Movie Stars
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"CHINA and India will, separately and together, unleash an explosion of demand," said Indian financier Muckesh Abami. WELL, China's explosion of demand is heavy on Hollywood these days. American-based stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, John Travolta, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Kate Beckinsale and Catherine Zeta-Jones made an appearance at the unveiling of China's billion dollar studio complex in the city of Qingdao. (The unveiling of its plans, anyway. It was kind of like a groundbreaking ceremony.) Along for the ride were super-moguls such as Harvey Weinstein of New York City. The name behind the push is The Wanda Group and nobody knows for sure if anything as big as promised will come out of all the hoopla. As the Hollywood Reporter noted: "The Chinese are famous for wildly exaggerating what they are going to do." But nobody wants to diss the Chinese market even if it is a bit flaky in its predictions. The Asian take on American films is considerable. To the poi ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Faye Dunaway
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 75
    In 2016, after a six-year hiatus, Dunaway returned to the screen with the horror-thriller The Bye Bye Man.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, she made two rare public appearances at the TCM Classic Film Festival. She hosted a screening of Network and also joined in conversation with Ben Mankiewicz for a Q&A session in which she discussed her decades-spanning career.
  • 2014
    Age 73
    In 2014, Dunaway was recognized as the guest of honor by the Lumière Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Organizers praised the "immense contribution she has made to the emergence of the independent American films of the sixties and seventies, and the contribution is of the highest caliber." Her attendance at the festival was described as an "exceptional event." Dunaway received a standing ovation by a crowd of 5,000 and declared in an emotional speech following the tribute she received, "My fans and my friends have supported me in this search for all these years and I thank you from all of my heart and without you I would not be the same Faye Dunaway."
  • 2013
    Age 72
    In 2013, Dunaway was the first recipient of the Leopard Club Award.
    More Details Hide Details She made a rare personal appearance at the Locarno International Film Festival to accept the award.
  • 2011
    Age 70
    In 2011, a photo of Dunaway taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970 was chosen as the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival poster backdrop.
    More Details Hide Details The festival organizers described it as a "Model of sophistication and timeless elegance, it is an embodiment of the cinematic dream that the Festival de Cannes seeks to maintain." During the festival, Dunaway and Schatzberg appeared at a special screening of Puzzle of a Downfall Child, earning a standing ovation upon their entrance.
    In 2011, the government of France made her an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.
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  • 2009
    Age 68
    Dunaway announced in 2009 that she had secured financing and planned to direct and star in a film version of the McNally play Master Class, with her son Liam Dunaway O'Neill playing an opera student.
    More Details Hide Details The production was plagued by lawsuits and difficulties in financing, but in 2013, she said three-quarters of the film had been shot. However, in June 2014, Dunaway withdrew from the project and HBO announced that Mike Nichols would produce a film of Master Class with Meryl Streep as Callas.
  • 2008
    Age 67
    In 2008, Dunaway agreed to star in a low-budget Welsh horror film, Flick, for a fraction of her usual £1million fee after falling in love with the script.
    More Details Hide Details She called the writer and director David Howard personally to accept the part of a one-armed American detective, saying it was "a really original story." The film premiered at the Raindance Film Festival. That same year, she criticized Hollywood’s treatment of older women, saying: "I am furious that they think I'm too old to play the love interest of guys like Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. Why should I play sisters and mothers while guys like Jack and Clint, who are older than me, have on-screen lovers half their age?" Dunaway’s last screen appearance to date was in a Hallmark Channel film, A Family Thanksgiving (2010).
  • 2005
    Age 64
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 62
    In 2003, despite Dunaway's earlier indications that she had given birth to Liam, Terry revealed that Liam was adopted.
    More Details Hide Details Dunaway is an adult convert to Roman Catholicism. In August, 2011, Dunaway was sued for eviction by the landlord of her rent stabilized apartment in Manhattan. The suit alleged that she was not actually residing in the apartment but rather lived in California. Dunaway said that she had not been evicted, but had "chosen to leave because of the state of the apartment, and also because I am spending less and less time in New York."
  • 2002
    Age 61
    In 2002, she played Ian Somerhalder’s rich Xanax-popping mother in Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' novel, The Rules of Attraction.
    More Details Hide Details In 2006, Dunaway guest-starred in one episode of the crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation because she was a huge fan of the show. She also appeared on Touched by an Angel, Alias and Grey's Anatomy.
  • 2001
    Age 60
    In 2001, she earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for her performance in Running Mates.
    More Details Hide Details Dunaway later appeared mostly in television guest roles and small independent movies.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2000
    Age 59
    In 2000, she appeared in James Gray’s The Yards as Charlize Theron’s mother, and turned down Requiem for a Dream.
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  • 1998
    Age 57
    In 1998, she starred with Angelina Jolie in Gia, a biographical film about the rise and fall of supermodel Gia Carangi.
    More Details Hide Details Playing the small but key role of Carangi's agent, Dunaway was well reviewed and won her third Golden Globe Award.
  • 1996
    Age 55
    She returned to the stage in 1996, playing famed opera singer Maria Callas in the Tony Award winning play Master Class by Terrence McNally.
    More Details Hide Details Dunaway toured the play through the United States.
  • 1994
    Age 53
    Warner Bros. released the film in 1994 to positive reviews, but little box office.
    More Details Hide Details Dunaway was cast as the leading lady of a sitcom, It Had to Be You with actor Robert Urich. The series did not work, and was cancelled after four episodes had aired. NBC contacted Dunaway and wanted her to take on the role of a female sleuth, more in the vein of Columbo than Murder, She Wrote. As the prospective series was being developed, Dunaway contacted Columbo star Peter Falk, wanting his advice on how to approach playing a sleuth character. While discussing the role, Falk told Dunaway about a Columbo script that he had written himself. It's All in the Game featured a sexy society woman who plays a game of cat-and-mouse with Lt. Columbo in the midst of a murder. Falk had written the script some years prior, saying that he could not find the right actress to take on the role. He offered her the role, and Dunaway accepted immediately. The 1993 TV movie proved a success, nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy Awards. Dunaway was recognized with the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, saying it was that moment when she felt like she was truly home.
  • FORTIES
  • 1989
    Age 48
    In 1989, she produced Cold Sassy Tree.
    More Details Hide Details Dunaway played an enchanting dressmaker who lightens up the lives of a young boy (Neil Patrick Harris) and his grandfather (veteran actor Richard Widmark), whom she marries to the town's disapproval. The film aired on TNT, and received decent reviews from critics. She appeared with Robert Duvall, with whom she had co-starred in Network, and actress Natasha Richardson in The Handmaid's Tale (1990). She received an offer from Serbian director Emir Kusturica to star alongside Johnny Depp and Jerry Lewis in Arizona Dream, a surreal comedy-drama. Dunaway played the role of Elaine, a somewhat crazy woman who dreams of building a flying machine. The film premiered in France in early 1993 to great acclaim. Dunaway was very proud of the film, and believed that her role could bring her career to higher heights than ever. However, Warner Bros. elected to re-edit Kusturica's film, cutting and changing it. Dunaway was dismayed to find that some of her best scenes were left out of the American version.
  • 1987
    Age 46
    In 1987, Dunaway began appearing in independent films.
    More Details Hide Details French director Barbet Schroeder gave her star billing alongside Mickey Rourke in the drama Barfly. The film was produced by the struggling Cannon Films, and the producers had to fight to get the small drama approved. Produced on a budget of $3,000,000, Dunaway and Rourke played seedy alcoholics. The film was a small success at the box office, but received excellent reviews from critics, the best Dunaway had received in over a decade. Dunaway received her sixth Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
  • 1984
    Age 43
    Also in 1984, Dunaway appeared in a television miniseries, Ellis Island.
    More Details Hide Details She played the role of highly stylish actress Maud Charteris who marries a Senator played by Richard Burton. She received complimentary reviews, and won her second Golden Globe for her work. The following year, she starred in the miniseries, Christopher Columbus. She appeared in two Agatha Christie adaptations, Ordeal by Innocence and Thirteen at Dinner (which was made for television). Dunaway said that she struggled to find artistically fulfilling roles during this period in England. She turned down a chance to star on the nighttime soap opera The Colbys around this time, as well. She and her husband attempted to bring the play Duet for One to the screen with O'Neill directing and Dunaway in the leading role, but their plans fell through. The film was eventually made in 1986 with Julie Andrews in the lead role.
  • 1983
    Age 42
    From 1983 to 1987, she was married to Terry O'Neill, a British photographer.
    More Details Hide Details She and O'Neill have one child, Liam O'Neill (born 1980).
  • 1982
    Age 41
    Dunaway then, in 1982, portrayed Georgie Elgin (the 1954 Academy Award-winning role for Grace Kelly) for television in a reproduction of the Clifford Odets original 1950 play The Country Girl.
    More Details Hide Details During this time, Dunaway moved to England with her partner of several years, the English photographer Terry O'Neill. Being more interested in her married life, she only took on work that was "convenient" for her, and often picked substandard or even mediocre projects to appear in. Laurence Olivier asked her to play the role of Regan in his television adaptation of King Lear, but she turned him down. Instead, she agreed to do the The Wicked Lady, which was a commercial and artistic failure. After The Wicked Lady, she was intrigued by an offer to play the lead villain in the new superhero film, Supergirl. She thought the project was a chance for her to play a comedic character. She felt that "the film was really just a send-up, a spoof, and I had a lot of fun with Selena (her character)." She later admitted she was "mad" at the director, Jeannot Szwarc. "Every time I tried to do something funny, he wouldn't let me. He said, 'you have to be the straight person'. I always wanted to do comedy but it's daunting when you've not done it before." The film was a critical and commercial failure.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1981
    Age 40
    Dunaway's career evolved to more mature and character roles in subsequent years, often in independent films, beginning with her controversial portrayal of Joan Crawford in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest.
    More Details Hide Details Other notable films in which she has appeared include the drama Barfly (1987), the surrealist comedy-drama Arizona Dream (1993), and the biopic Gia (1998). Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of Grace April (née Smith 1922–2004), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr. (1920–1984), a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. She is of Scots-Irish, English, and German descent. She spent her childhood traveling throughout the United States and Europe. Dunaway took dance classes, tap, piano and singing, and then studied at Florida State University and University of Florida, and graduated from the Boston University with a degree in theatre. She spent the summer before her senior year in a summer stock company at Harvard's Loeb Drama Center, where one of her co-players was Jane Alexander, the actress and future head of the National Endowment for the Arts.
  • 1980
    Age 39
    In 1980, Dunaway accepted a small role in support of Frank Sinatra in The First Deadly Sin, a thriller which ended up being Sinatra's final starring role.
    More Details Hide Details After completing the film, she played the title role in Evita Peron, a television miniseries based on the life of the famed First Lady of Argentina. Director Frank Perry, who had earlier directed Dunaway and Stacy Keach in 1971's Doc, offered Dunaway the role of actress Joan Crawford in the adaptation of Christina Crawford's controversial memoirs, Mommie Dearest. Christina's book had depicted her adopted mother as an abusive tyrant, who only adopted her four children to promote her acting career, making quite a stir as the first celebrity tell-all book. The film adaptation had been slated to star actress Anne Bancroft as Crawford, but Bancroft pulled out at the last minute, claiming the film was an unfair "hatchet job" on the screen legend Crawford. Dunaway wanted to tell the truth and show what it was like to be a star in Hollywood. After Perry and producer Frank Yablans assured her they didn’t want to make a tabloid version of Crawford’s life, Dunaway accepted the part. Dunaway worked with her makeup man, Lee Harman, for a long time to get the right look. She finally realized it was not only the makeup, but the way Crawford held herself and her face. When Dunaway walked on the set for the first time as the character, some people who had worked with Crawford told her "it was like seeing Joan herself back from the dead."
  • 1979
    Age 38
    In 1979, Dunaway took a small role in Franco Zeffirelli's remake of The Champ with Jon Voight.
    More Details Hide Details It was a chance for her to play the role of a mother, "which was emotionally where I wanted to be in my life."
  • 1978
    Age 37
    She returned to the screen in 1978's Eyes of Laura Mars, a thriller about a fashion photographer who sees visions of a killer murdering people.
    More Details Hide Details Mars was a success at the box office and Dunaway received positive reviews for her performance.
    Dunaway did not appear in another film until 1978.
    More Details Hide Details Jane Fonda, a friend and earlier co-star in Hurry Sundown, asked Dunaway to co-star with her in Julia, a drama based on a work of Lillian Hellman. Fonda, who was to play Hellman, wanted Dunaway to play the title role of Julia, a friend of Hellman's who fought against the Nazis before the Second World War. Dunaway turned Fonda down, wishing "to be quieter somehow" after her Oscar win. She later regretted not taking on the role. Vanessa Redgrave took on the role of Julia and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. At the same time, Dunaway received an offer from George Cukor to portray Victoria Woodhull, the first female candidate for President of the United States. The script titled Vicky was written by James Toback but, following Cukor’s previous film failure, the film never got made. Dunaway, who was eager to do it, felt "it remains one of the tragedies of the business that Vicky never became a movie."
  • 1977
    Age 36
    In early 1977, the Academy Awards nominated Network for ten awards, with Dunaway winning in her third Best Actress nomination.
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  • 1976
    Age 35
    In 1976, she took a supporting role in the Holocaust drama Voyage of the Damned.
    More Details Hide Details The story was inspired by true events concerning the fate of the MS St. Louis ocean liner carrying Jewish refugees from Germany to Cuba in 1939. That same year, she was offered the Paddy Chayefsky-scripted satire Network as the scheming TV executive Diana Christensen, a ruthless woman who will do anything for higher ratings. When a news anchor named Howard Beale (played by Peter Finch) goes mad and rants on the air (the iconic line "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!" is featured here), Dunaway's character decides to capitalize on this and builds a television show around him. William Holden's character, who engages in an affair with Diana, eventually sees her soullessness and the soullessness of television. Dunaway was excited by Chayefsky’s screenplay and eager to play the character of Diana. She saw her as a woman who "was driven, more driven in her career than I was in mine, but I knew what fueled that sort of ambition." She pursued the role over the objections of her husband, Peter Wolf, and her confidant, the playwright William Alfred. Both regarded Diana as too heartless and were concerned, according to Dunaway, "that people would think badly of me, would confuse the character and the actor, and come to believe I was like that." On the other hand, her manager, Sue Mengers, persuaded her to accept the part and even told her she would no longer represent her if she didn’t do the film.
  • 1975
    Age 34
    In 1975, Dunaway joined Robert Redford in the political thriller Three Days of the Condor.
    More Details Hide Details A significant critical and commercial success, the film continues to be praised. Dunaway's performance was very well regarded. She received another Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. After she finished Inferno, Dunaway took a break from acting and spent almost a year of turning down projects. She passed on a role in Alfred Hitchcock's final film, the comic thriller Family Plot, which she later lamented.
  • 1974
    Age 33
    Dunaway was engaged to Jerry Schatzberg, who directed her in Puzzle of a Downfall Child, and had a 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.
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    Also in 1974, Dunaway married Peter Wolf, who was the lead singer of the rock group The J. Geils Band.
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    Dunaway's third project in 1974 was the all-star disaster epic The Towering Inferno.
    More Details Hide Details She played the role of Paul Newman's girlfriend, who is trapped in a burning skyscraper along with several hundred other people. The film became the highest-grossing film of the year, further cementing Dunaway as a top actress in Hollywood.
  • 1973
    Age 32
    Eventually, the Salkinds and director Richard Lester decided to split the film into two parts: 1973's The Three Musketeers and 1974's The Four Musketeers.
    More Details Hide Details Critics and audiences alike praised the film for its action and its comic tone, and it was the first in a line of successful projects for Dunaway. Director Roman Polanski offered Dunaway the lead role of Evelyn Mulwray in his mystery neo-noir Chinatown. Although its producer, Robert Evans, wanted Polanski to consider Jane Fonda for the role, arguing that Dunaway had a reputation for temperament, Polanski insisted on using Dunaway. She accepted the challenging and complex role of Mulwray, a shadowy femme fatale who knows more than she is willing to let Detective J.J. Gittes (played by Jack Nicholson) know. Dunaway got along well with Nicholson, describing him later as a "soul mate," but her relationship with Polanski did not go as well. He had a reputation for being too dictatorial on a set. During one scene he pulled one of Dunaway's hairs out of her head, without telling her, because it was catching the light. Dunaway was offended, describing his act as "cruel" and left the set furious. Polanski said afterward that he had "never known an actress to take work as seriously as she does." Dunaway admitted later about the incident that "way too much was made out of it," adding that she enjoyed working with Polanski, calling him "a great director".
    Oklahoma Crude was not a success, but Dunaway's other 1973 film fared much better.
    More Details Hide Details Ilya Salkind and Alexander Salkind hired Dunaway to take on the villainous role of Milady de Winter in their all-star adaptation of Alexandre Dumas' The Three Musketeers. The film starred Michael York, Oliver Reed, Richard Chamberlain, Raquel Welch, and Dunaway in the leading roles.
    She then starred in The Deadly Trap (1971), a French drama directed by Rene Clement, and she also played opposite George C. Scott in the Stanley Kramer film Oklahoma Crude in 1973.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 29
    She had a supporting role in Arthur Penn's 1970 revisionist Western Little Big Man.
    More Details Hide Details In a rare comic role, Dunaway played the sexually frustrated wife of a minister who helps raise and seduce a boy raised by Native Americans (played by Dustin Hoffman). The film was one of Dunaway's few commercial successes at this point. After the film was finished, she appeared in the lead role in Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), an experimental drama inspired by the life of model Anne Saint Marie, directed by Jerry Schatzberg. The film failed to generate commercial interest, though it earned for Dunaway a second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. The film remained in obscurity over 40 years, until it was revived at the 64th Cannes Film Festival, 2011, in honor of Dunaway.
  • 1968
    Age 27
    Dunaway's career, which had slumped after The Thomas Crown Affair, only had one or two truly successful films between 1968 and 1973.
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    Dunaway's starring role in the 1968 caper film The Thomas Crown Affair, opposite Steve McQueen in the title role, solidified her screen success.
    More Details Hide Details McQueen played a millionaire who attempts to pull off the perfect crime, while Dunaway played an insurance investigator who becomes involved with Crown. Eva Marie Saint was considered for the role after Brigitte Bardot rejected it, but the success of Bonnie and Clyde convinced McQueen and director Norman Jewison to offer the role to Dunaway. The film was immensely popular, and was famed for a scene where Dunaway and McQueen play a chess game and silently engage in heavy seduction of each other across the board. With two consecutive successes in Bonnie and Clyde and The Thomas Crown Affair, Dunaway took on a role in an Italian film, A Place for Lovers (1969). The film was a romantic tragedy in the vein of Camille, where Dunaway played a terminally ill fashion designer who has a doomed romance with an Italian race car driver (Marcello Mastroianni). Like The Extraordinary Seaman, the film was heavily panned by critics; the critic of The Los Angeles Times claimed it was the worst film he had seen since 1926.
  • 1967
    Age 26
    Dunaway was cast as the bank robber Bonnie Parker in the 1967 film Bonnie and Clyde, opposite Warren Beatty, who played Clyde Barrow in the film, which he also produced.
    More Details Hide Details Casting for the role of Bonnie had proved to be difficult; many actresses had been considered for the role, including Jane Fonda, Tuesday Weld, Ann-Margret, Carol Lynley, Leslie Caron, and Natalie Wood. Director Arthur Penn became convinced that Dunaway was the right choice for the role, and managed to convince Beatty. The film, though controversial, was a smash hit, and elevated Dunaway to stardom. Newsweek said Dunaway's performance was "the revelation of the year," and made the comparison that Dunaway was first American actress to "electrify the world's moviegoers" since Marilyn Monroe. The film was nominated for ten awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Dunaway, who lost to Katharine Hepburn. But Dunaway won the BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer and was now among the most bankable actresses in Hollywood. Her role as Parker (along with Beatty's Barrow) was named by the American Film Institute to be one of the greatest villains to ever appear on screen – 32nd in a list of 50.
    Dunaway's first screen role was the 1967 The Happening, which starred Anthony Quinn.
    More Details Hide Details That role was followed by a supporting role in the 1967 film Hurry Sundown, a drama set in the South directed by Otto Preminger and co-starring Michael Caine and Jane Fonda. While she had difficulties with Preminger, her performance was well-received and she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year. The film itself was a critical and box office flop.
    She made her screen debut in the 1967 film The Happening, and rose to fame that same year with the gangster film Bonnie and Clyde, for which she received her first Academy Award nomination.
    More Details Hide Details Her most notable films include the crime caper The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), the neo-noir mystery Chinatown (1974), for which she earned her second Oscar nomination, the action-drama disaster The Towering Inferno (1974), the political thriller Three Days of the Condor (1975), the satirical Network (1976), for which she received an Academy Award for Best Actress, and the thriller Eyes of Laura Mars (1978).
  • 1962
    Age 21
    In 1962, at the age of 21, she took acting classes at the American National Theater and Academy.
    More Details Hide Details She was spotted by Lloyd Richards while performing in a production of The Crucible, and was recommended to director Elia Kazan, who was in search of young talent for his Lincoln Center Repertory Company. Shortly after graduating from Boston University, Dunaway was already appearing on Broadway as a replacement in Robert Bolt's drama A Man for All Seasons. She subsequently appeared in Arthur Miller's After the Fall and the award-winning Hogan's Goat by Harvard professor William Alfred. Alfred became her mentor and spiritual advisor.
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  • 1941
    Age 0
    Born on January 14, 1941.
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