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Also Known As: Dorothy Faye Dunaway Died:
Born: January 14, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Bascom, Florida, USA Profession: actor, waitress

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway was an enormously popular actress in films and television during the 1960s and into the 1970s, starring in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than capable match for some of the biggest male stars of the period, including Steve McQueen in "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968), Warren Beatty in "Bonnie and Clyde," (1967), Jack Nicholson in "Chinatown" (1974) and Robert Redford in "Three Days of the Condor" (1975). An overwrought turn as Joan Crawford in the disastrous biopic "Mommie Dearest" (1980) effectively derailed her career - but, at the same time, made her a bit of a camp favorite in the gay community - though she was given infrequent opportunities to display her talents in films and television throughout the late 1980s and 1990s.

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway was an enormously popular actress in films and television during the 1960s and into the 1970s, starring in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than capable match for some of the biggest male stars of the period, including Steve McQueen in "The Thomas Crown Affair" (1968), Warren Beatty in "Bonnie and Clyde," (1967), Jack Nicholson in "Chinatown" (1974) and Robert Redford in "Three Days of the Condor" (1975). An overwrought turn as Joan Crawford in the disastrous biopic "Mommie Dearest" (1980) effectively derailed her career - but, at the same time, made her a bit of a camp favorite in the gay community - though she was given infrequent opportunities to display her talents in films and television throughout the late 1980s and 1990s.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

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 Rabbia, La (2008)
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 Cut Off (2008)
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 Cougar Club (2007)
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 Flick (2007)
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 Rules of Attraction, The (2002) Mrs. Denton
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Milestones close milestones

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Born prematurely
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Raised in Florida
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Turned down a Fulbright scholarship (to attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) for a role in the Broadway show "A Man For All Seasons"
1962:
Joined American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA); made Broadway debut in "A Man for All Seasons"
1964:
Was understudy in ANTA production of Arthur Miller's "After the Fall"
1965:
First New York stage success in "Hogan's Goat" at the American Place Theater
1966:
Made TV acting debut in episode of "The Trials of O'Brien" (CBS)
1967:
First screen role in "The Happening"; film, however, was released after "Hurry Sundown"
1967:
Breakthrough screen role, as Bonnie Parker in "Bonnie and Clyde"; earned first Oscar nomination as Best Actress
1971:
Reprised stage role in PBS production of "Hogan's Goat"
1971:
Starred in the Los Angeles stage version of Harold Pinter's "Old Times"
1972:
Played the Duchess of Windsor in the TV-movie "The Woman I Love" (ABC)
1972:
Starred as Blanche du Bois in the 25th anniversary production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" in L.A.
1974:
Starred in the TV adaptation of "After the Fall" (NBC)
1974:
Co-starred with Jack Nicholson in Roman Polanski's noir drama "Chinatown"; earned second Best Actress Oscar nomination
1976:
Won Best Actress Oscar for her turn as a ruthless TV executive in Sidney Lumet's "Network"
1976:
Played 1920s evangelist Aimee Semple MacPherson in the NBC TV-movie "The Disappearance of Aimee"
1981:
Played Joan Crawford in the camp classic "Mommie Dearest"
1982:
Made last Broadway appearance to date in the short-lived "The Curse of an Aching Heart"
1983:
Moved to London
1986:
London stage debut, "Circe and Bravo"
1987:
Returned to the USA after her divorce (date approximate)
1987:
Won praise for her performance opposite Mickey Rourke in "Barfly"
1989:
Starred in and produced well-received TV-movie "Cold Sassy Tree" (TNT)
1993:
Made TV series debut in the sitcom, "It Had to Be You" (CBS), opposite Robert Urich
1994:
Sued Andrew Lloyd Webber over his claims that she could not sing or act the part of Norma Desmond in the musical version of "Sunset Boulevard"; suit settled out of court for an undisclosed sum
1996:
Appeared as Maria Callas in national tour of Terrence McNally's stage play "Master Class"; became embroiled in a lawsuit over the film rights to the play
1996:
Received star number 2074 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (October)
1996:
Cast alongside Gene Hackman and Chris O'Donnell in the film adaptation of author John Grisham's "The Chamber"
1997:
Appeared in Kevin Spacey's directorial debut "Albino Alligator"
1999:
Cameoed in the remake of her 1968 film "The Thomas Crown Affair"
1999:
Appeared as Yolanda of Aragon in director Luc Besson's Joan of Arc epic "The Messenger"
2000:
Co-starred alongside Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron on "The Yards"
2002:
Cameoed as herself in director Henry Jaglom's "Festival in Cannes"
2002:
Appeared in writer-director Roger Avary's adaptation of Brett Easton Ellis' novel "The Rules of Attraction" starring James Van Der Beek and Shannyn Sossamon
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Education

University of Florida: Gainesville , Florida -
Leon High School: Tallahassee , Florida - 1958
4chool of Fine and Applied Arts, Boston University: Boston , Massachusetts - 1962

Notes

On her reputation as a control freak: "That's the hardest thing to change. Not in terms of manipulating other people, just in terms of wanting everything to be as good as it can be. Now if something's not goiong in the direction I think it should, I try to sit back and enjoy the ride . . . I'm always preceived as this urbane, cold, sophisticaed woman, and I'm really none of that." --Faye Dunaway, quoted in USA TODAY, November 7, 1995

"Let's say 'Bonnie and Clyde' was the first big role I connected with in a big way . . . the closest thing to me, a frustrated Southern girl wanting to break out. I knew her backwards." --Faye Dunaway, quoted in ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 8, 1993

"I think I'm a product of the American Dream. My mother came from a very poor farming family, and she wanted my brother and me to achieve. In fact, we're the only two people in our family who are professional people now. My brother's a lawyer in Washington and I'm an actress. I think it's because of my mother, because she kept encouraging us to do our best and to fight, not just to take things as they come. I got straight As. But sometimes overachievers and people who get straight As miss the trip, miss the process." --Faye Dunaway, quoted in FAME, April 1990

"I longed to do great work, and since you must be famous to get those opportunities, I wanted to be famous. You do, of course get caught up in the whole star thing . . . but I've had that time in my life and I'm glad it's behind me. It's hard to be young because you don't know who you are and must constantly search for to find yourself. Time has helped me there, and I feel more clear and calm now." --Dunaway quoted in LOS ANGELES TIMES, June 18, 1997

"The whole era when I was busy being a big movie star was terribly disconcerting. I was cared for and cosseted, and yet I was totally dependent. I didn't know where the cornflakes were kept. I didn't know how to turn on the washing machine. That might sound very chic, but I'm telling you: When you don't know how your own life works, you get disconnected." --Faye Dunaway quoted in ESQUIRE, August 1999

"I guess it's that I'm really vulberable. I had hoped the Crawford film would be the window into a tortured soul, but it was made it camp, and I think, for better or for worse, people do think that you're like your roles. So I'd like people to know that I have a really strong vulnerability and a great passion and, I would hope , a generosity in like."-Dunaway on what she would like people to know about her. Interview November 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Lenny Bruce. Comedian.
companion:
Jerry Schatzberger. Photographer; director. Together from 1966 until 1968.
companion:
Marcello Mastroianni. Actor. Together between 1968 and 1970.
companion:
Harris Yulin. Actor. Together for two years (1970-72).
husband:
Peter Wolf. Singer, musician. Member of rock/R&B group The J Geils Band; married on August 7, 1974; divorced.
husband:
Terry O'Neill. Photographer. Met at the 1977 Academy Awards ceremony; O'Neill took a now famous shot of Dunaway on the morning after the ceremony; had two children from first marriage; married Dunaway in July 1983; divorced in 1987.
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Family close complete family listing

father:
John MacDowell Dunaway. Army officer. Separated from Dunaway's mother c. 1958; died in 1985.
mother:
Grace April Smith. Separated from Dunaway's father c. 1958.
step-father:
Jim Hartshorn. Married Dunaway's mother in 1967.
brother:
Mac Dunaway. Lawyer. Younger.
son:
Liam O'Neill. Model. Born in 1980; father, Terry O'Neill.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Looking for Gatsby" Simon & Schuster

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