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Faye Dunaway

Academy Award®-winner Faye Dunaway has been nominated for an Academy Award® in the Best Actress category three times, first for Bonnie and Clyde, then for her portrayal of the icy, tortured Evelyn Mulwray in the classic Chinatown.

She received her Oscar® for Network, in which she played the sexy, driven television executive Diana Christianson in Sidney Lumet's film of Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay.

Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of a career army officer. She attended schools in Texas, Arkansas, Utah and Germany before entering the University of Florida where she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in Theatre. After further studies at the Boston University of Fine Arts, she joined the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, appearing in Arthur Miller's After the Fall and Robert Bolt's A Man For All Seasons, among other works. Her performance in a lead role in an off-Broadway production of Hogan's Goat led to her first film role in The Happening, followed by a starring role in Otto Preminger's Hurry Sundown. The following year she received that first Oscar® nomination for her stunning portrayal of the outlaw Bonnie Parker opposite Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde.

Her powerful work playing an alcoholic in the 1987 drama Barfly drew rave reviews.

She executive produced and starred in the film Cold Sassy Tree, an adaptation of Olive Ann Burn's novel presented on Turner Network Television.

In 1989 she completed four projects: In a Moonlit Night, directed by Lina Wertmuller and starring Rutger Hauer and Natassja Kinski, The Gamble with Matthew Modine, Wait Until Spring, Bandini with Joe Mantegna, and the screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel The Handmaid's Tale, directed by Volker Schlondorff, starring Robert Duvall and Natasha Richardson.

In 1990, Dunaway starred in and executive produced Silhouette. That year she also starred with James Earl Jones and Emily Lloyd in Scorchers.

Dunaway's other well-known film credits include The Thomas Crown Affair opposite Steve McQueen, Elia Kazan's The Arrangement with Kirk Douglas, Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman, The Towering Inferno opposite Paul Newman, Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor opposite Robert Redford, The Eyes of Laura Mars and Mommie Dearest.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Faye Dunaway Facts

Birth NameDorothy Faye Dunaway
BirthdayJanuary 14, 1941 (82)
BirthplaceBascom, Florida, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Faye Dunaway compared to you?
Awards1999 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for Gia)
1985 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or TV Film (for Ellis Island)
1977 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for Network)
1977 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama (for Network)

Selected Filmography

Little Big Man HD
Mommie Dearest
The Thomas Crown Affair
The Handmaid's Tale
The Towering Inferno
Three Days of the Condor
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