Happy Birthday, Faye Dunaway!

Dorothy Faye Dunaway (January 14, 1941) is an American actress who has appeared in Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Chinatown (1974), The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), and many other films. She won an Academy Award for her performance in Network (1976). Dunaway is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Joan Crawford in the biographical film, Mommie Dearest which highlights the tense relationship between Joan and her adopted daughter Christina. In a pivotal scene, Joan storms into Christina's room in the middle of the night and discovers one of Christina's dresses on a wire hanger. Joan becomes incensed and screams, "I told you! No wire hangers, ever!" She then beats Christina, who is sobbing and screaming, with the hanger, and ravages her bedroom and her bathroom, and then screams at her to clean up the mess.

Variety said of her performance, "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all." The actress turns 71 today.

 bonnieandclydeFaye's first major appearance in film was the highly-sought after role of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty (above). The film was very popular with audiences and is thought to have introduced a new era of film-making which allowed the depiction of sex and violence. Dunaway was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, one of ten nominations for the film.


In 1968, Dunaway starred opposite Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair, playing an insurance agent who becomes romantically involved with a millionaire bank robber. Next, she appeared in A Place for Lovers, where she met Marcello Mastroianni, with whom she began a romantic relationship. In 1970, she starred in Little Big Man opposite Dustin Hoffman, and then Puzzle of a Downfall Child, directed by her former fiance, Jerry Schatzberg.



Next, Dunaway played the villainous Milady De Winter in a comedic adaptation of The Three Musketeers, starring Michael York, Charlton Heston, Oliver Reed, and Raquel Welch. In Roman Polanski's Chinatown, as Evelyn Mulwray opposite Jack Nicholson (above). The film earned 11 Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress for Dunaway. Her next film, The Towering Inferno, which starred Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, became the highest grossing film of 1974.

In 1976, Dunaway starred in the highly praised satirical film Network, playing a programming director at a television network who cuts a deal with a band of radical terrorists for a docu-drama series called the "Mao-Tse Tung Hour". For her role in the film, Dunaway won the Academy Award for Best Actress, as well as a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress-Motion Picture.




Although it received incredibly mixed reviews from critics, Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has given the film a cult following. For her role, Dunaway tie for a Razzie Award, and simultaneously came in second for both the New York Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress.



Photograph by Terry O'Neill/Courtesy of Morrison Hotel Gallery.

From 1983 to 1987, Dunaway was in a romantic relationship with British photgrapher Terry O'Neill, with whom she has a son, Liam O'Neill. The photgraph above was taken at the Beverly Hills Hotel, the morning after Dunaway won the Academy Award for her stellar performance in Network.



In 1995, Dunaway appeared with Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp in Don Juan DeMarco as Brando's wife, which was highly received by critics. The next year, she starred as Maria Callas in the stage play Master Class. On television, she has appeared in minor roles on several television shows, including Colombo, for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award. She has also appeared more recently on such shows as CSI and Grey's Anatomy.


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  • Birthday Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2014
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