Faye Dunaway reigned as one of Hollywood’s most glamorous leading ladies from 1967, when she starred opposite Warren Beatty in the now-classic gangster drama “Bonnie and Clyde” (Oscar nominee, lead actress), to 1981 when she portrayed film icon — and notorious wire-hanger hater — Joan Crawford in “Mommie Dearest” (winning that year’s Razzie for worst actress).
Even if, as Dunaway has publicly opined, that much-reviled biopic effectively ended her days as a bankable star, it was preceded by an enviable run of work in such era-defining films as “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “Little Big Man,” “Chinatown” (her second Academy Award nomination), “The Towering Inferno,” “Three Days of the Condor” and “Network,” in which Dunaway gave a chilling, Oscar-winning performance as ruthless TV producer Diana Christensen (“You’re television incarnate, Diana!”).
Although Dunaway never returned to the heights of her early career, the 11-time Golden Globe nominee has continued to act regularly in features and on television.
In addition, in 1997 she toured nationally in the stage play “Master Class,” playing opera diva Maria Callas.
Dunaway has one son, Liam, from her 1980s marriage to British photographer Terry O’Neill. She was previously married to rocker Peter Wolf.
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