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).


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]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 the Florida State University,[6] Florida State University,[7] and Boston University, but graduated from theFlorida State University 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 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 FondaNatalie WoodCher, 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/Four Musketeers and the hugely successful disaster film The Towering Infernoalongside 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 TV ratings. She appeared with William HoldenPeter 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 had amassed a cult following. She returned, briefly, 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 on Jan 25, 1982. 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 AndersonDonna DixonTerry 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.[9] In 1993, Dunaway briefly starred in a sitcom with Robert UrichIt Had to Be You.[10] 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.[11] Dunaway worked with Angelina Jolie and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in Gia.

[1][2]Dunaway at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival

In 2000, she turned down Requiem for a Dream[12] 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]Edit

Dunaway moved in with photographer Jerry Schatzberg in 1966.[13] They were engaged when she left him in 1968 for actor Marcello Mastroianni, her co-star in A Place for Lovers; she and Mastroianni broke up in 1970. 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.[14] 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.[14]

Dunaway is an adult convert to Roman Catholicism.[15]

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.[16] 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.[17]


Year Title Role Notes
1967 Hurry Sundown Lou McDowell BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles(also for Bonnie and Clyde)

Nominated — Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year - Female

The Happening Sandy
Bonnie and Clyde Bonnie Parker David 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

1968 The Thomas Crown Affair Vicki Anderson
A Place for Lovers Julia
1969 The Extraordinary Seaman Jennifer Winslow
The Arrangement Gwen
1970 Little Big Man Mrs. Louise Pendrake
Puzzle of a Downfall Child Lou Andreas Sand Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1971 The Deadly Trap Jill
Doc Katie Elder
1972 The Woman I Love Wallis Simpson
1973 Oklahoma Crude Lena Doyle
The Three Musketeers Milady de Winter
1974 Chinatown Evelyn Cross Mulwray Nominated — 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 Inferno Susan Franklin
The Four Musketeers Milady de Winter
1975 Three Days of the Condor Kathy Hale Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1976 Network Diana Christensen Academy 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 Aimee Aimee Semple McPherson
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 National 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 Perón Evita Perón Marvin Chomsky, director
1982 The Country Girl Georgie Elgin
1984 Ordeal by Innocence Rachel Argyle
Supergirl Selena
Ellis Island Maud Charteris Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film
Terror in the Aisles archival footage
1985 Thirteen at Dinner Jane Wilkinson
1986 Raspberry Ripple Matron + "M"
1987 Barfly Wanda Wilcox Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1988 Midnight Crossing Helen Barton
The Gamble Countess Matilda Von Wallenstein La Partita
Burning Secret Mrs. Sonya Tuchman
1989 Frames from the Edge Herself documentary
On a Moonlit Night Mrs. Colbert In una notte di chiaro di luna
Wait Until Spring, Bandini Mrs. Hildegarde
1990 The Handmaid's Tale Serena Joy
The Two Jakes Evelyn Mulwray voice only
1991 Scorchers Thais
1992 Double Edge Faye Milano Lahav Hatzui
1993 Arizona Dream Elaine Stalker
The Temp Charlene Towne Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
1995 Unzipped Herself – uncredited Documentary
Don Juan DeMarco Marilyn Mickler
Drunks Becky
1996 Dunston Checks In Mrs. Dubrow Nominated — Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress
The Chamber Lee Cayhall Bowen
Albino Alligator Janet Boudreaux
1997 In Praise of Older Women Condesa
The Twilight of the Golds Phyllis Gold Nominated — 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

Rebecca Mrs. van Hopper TV miniseries
1998 Gia Wilhelmina Cooper Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film

Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film

1999 Love Lies Bleeding Josephine Butler
The Thomas Crown Affair The Psychiatrist
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Yolande of Aragon
2000 The Yards Kitty Olchin
Stanley's Gig Leila
Running Mates Meg Gable Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001 The Yellow Bird Aurora Beavis Short subject – also director
Festival in Cannes Herself Cameo
2002 Mid-Century Blue/Mother
Changing Hearts Betty Miller
The Rules of Attraction Mrs. Eve Denton
Man of Faith Mae West
2003 Blind Horizon Ms. K
2004 Last Goodbye Sean Winston
Anonymous Rex Shin
El Padrino Atty. Gen. Navarro
Jennifer's Shadow Mary Ellen Cassi
2005 Ghosts Never Sleep Kathleen Dolan
2006 Cut Off Marilyn Burton
Love Hollywood Style God
Rain Isabel Hudson
2007 Cougar Club Edith Birnbaum
Say It in Russian Jacqueline de Rossy
The Gene Generation Josephine Hayden
2008 Flick Lieutenant Annie McKenzie
La Rabbia Madre
2009 The Seduction of Dr. Fugazzi Detective Rowland
Midnight Bayou Odette Lifetime made-for-TV movie
Caroline & The Magic Stone Filomena
Balladyna Dr Ash USA-Poland co-production
2010 A Family Thanksgiving Gina Hallmark Channel Original Movie
2013 Master Class Maria Callas Completed - also director, producer and writer

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