Faye Dunaway Biography

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Born: January 14, 1941

FAYE DUNAWAY

Date of Birth: January 14, 1941

Born in Bascom Florida, Faye was the daughter of a career army man which resulted in her traveling constantly in her early life. She attended Boston University and gave up a Fulbright Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London to join the original training program at the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater in New York. She got her first starring role in "A Man For All Seasons" three years after graduating from college. She gained recognition in the off-Broadway play HoganĀ¹s Goat. Before the year's end she starred in Warren Beatty's Bonnie and Clyde which gained her the reputation of being difficult to work with, international recognition and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

She proved her ability in acting was not temporary by delivering startling performances in A Place for Lovers, Chinatown and Network. Fay was one of the hottest actresses in the 1970s playing neurotic, highly driven women with sex appeal. She married Peter Wolf from the J. Geils Band in 1974 and divorced him five years later.

Faye's success couldn't last forever and in 1981 she had her last widely viewed role in the film Mommie Dearest. It was said that her role as Joan Crawford haunted her.

In 1980, she bore a son with Terry O'Neill, and in 1983 she married the father. They were divorced four years later.

Dunaway's reputation for dissension on the set took a new turn, in 1994, when she was fired just before the opening of an L.A. stage production of Sunset Boulevard. It could have been her comeback. When Andrew Lloyd Webber announced that her singing was not up to par, she sued for six million dollars: and lost.

Dunaway continues to work steadily, but mostly in small budget, independent films. She has also appeared in a recurring role on the popular nighttime ABC TV series Alias in 2003. Dunaway has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

Filmography

Last Goodbye (2004)
Blind Horizo (2004)
El Padrino (2003)
The Calling(2002)
Mid-Century (2002)
The Rules of Attraction(2002)
Love Lies Bleeding (1999)
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)
The Thomas Crown Affair(1999)
Fanny Hill (1998)
Drunks (1997)
The Chamber (1996)
Dunston Checks In (1996)
Albino Alligator(1996)
En brazos de la mujer madura (1996)
Don Juan DeMarco(1995)
Arizona Dream (1993)
The Temp (1993)
Lahav Hatzui (1992)
La Partita (1991)
Scorchers (1991)
The Two Jakes, (1990) (voice)
The Handmaid's Tale (1990)
In una notte di chiaro di luna (1989)
Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1989)
Burning Secret (1988)
Midnight Crossing (1988)
Barfly (1987)
Supergirl (1984)
Ordeal by Innocence (1984)
The Wicked Lady (1983)
Mommie Dearest(1981)
The First Deadly Sin (1980)
Champ, The (1979)
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
Network(1976)
Voyage of the Damned (1976)
Three Days of the Condor(1975)
The Four Musketeers (1974)
Chinatown(1974)
The Towering Inferno,(1974)
The Three Musketeers(1973)
Oklahoma Crude (1973)
Doc(1971)
La Maison sous les arbres (1971)
Little Big Man(1970)
Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970)
The Arrangement (1969)
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)
Amanti (1968)
The Thomas Crown Affair(1968)
The Happening(1967)
Bonnie and Clyde(1967)
Hurry Sundown (1967)

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