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Faye Dunaway

Highest Rated:   98% Chinatown (1974)
Lowest Rated:   0% Running Mates (2000)
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Birthplace:   Bascom, Florida, USA
As the co-star of the landmark Bonnie and Clyde, actress Faye Dunaway helped usher in a new golden era in American filmmaking, going on to appear in several of the greatest films of the 1970s. Born January 14, 1941, in Bascom, FL, Dunaway was the daughter of an army officer. She studied theater arts at the University of Boston and later joined the Lincoln Center Repertory Company under the direction of Elia Kazan and Robert Whitehead. Between 1962 and 1967, she appeared in a number of prominent stage productions, including A Man for All Seasons and Arthur Miller's After the Fall, playing a character based on Marilyn Monroe. Dunaway's breakthrough performance came in an off-Broadway production of Hogan's Goat, which resulted in a contract with director Otto Preminger. She made her film debut in his 1967 drama Hurry Sundown, but the two frequently clashed, and she refused to appear in his Skidoo; after a legal battle, Dunaway was allowed to buy out the remainder of her contract, and she then starred in The Happening (1967).Still, Dunaway was virtually unknown when she accepted the role of the notorious gangster Bonnie Parker opposite Warren Beatty in Arthur Penn's 1967 crime saga Bonnie and Clyde. The picture was an unqualified success, one of the most influential films of the era, and she had become a star seemingly overnight, earning a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her sexy performance. Dunaway's next major role cast her with Steve McQueen in 1968's The Thomas Crown Affair, another major hit. However, her next several projects -- Amanti, a romance with Marcello Mastroianni, and the Kazan-directed The Arrangement -- stumbled, and although 1970's Little Big Man was a hit, Puzzle of a Downfall Child (directed by her fiancé, Jerry Schatzberg) was a disaster. Quickly, Dunaway was reduced to projects like the little-seen 1971 thriller La Maison Sous Les Arbres and the Western Doc. When they too failed, she retreated from films, first appearing on-stage in Harold Pinter's Old Times and then starring in the made-for-television The Woman I Love.After portraying Blanche du Bois in a Los Angeles stage adaptation of A Streetcar Named Desire, Dunaway returned to the cinema in Stanley Kramer's 1973 drama Oklahoma Crude. Subsequent to her appearance in Richard Lester's The Three Musketeers, she made headlines for her marriage to rocker Peter Wolf and was then cast in Roman Polanski's 1974 noir Chinatown. The performance was her best since Bonnie and Clyde, scoring another Academy Award nomination, and the film itself remains a classic. The success of The Towering Inferno later that same year confirmed that Dunaway's star power had returned in full, and she next co-starred with Robert Redford in the well-received thriller Three Days of the Condor. In 1976, Dunaway starred as an ambitious television executive in Sidney Lumet's scathing black comedy Network, and on her third attempt she finally won an Oscar. A British feature, Voyage of the Damned, and a TV-movie, The Disappearance of Aimee, quickly followed, and in 1978 she starred in the much-maligned thriller The Eyes of Laura Mars.After 1979's The Champ, Dunaway starred with Frank Sinatra in The First Deadly Sin. An over-the-top turn as Joan Crawford in the tell-all biopic Mommie Dearest followed in 1981, as did another biography, the TV feature Evita Peron. Her career was again slumping, a fate which neither the Broadway production of The Curse of an Aching Heart nor another telefilm, 1982's The Country Girl, helped to remedy. After 1984's Supergirl, Dunaway spent much of the decade on the small screen, appearing in a pair of miniseries -- Ellis Island and Christopher Columbus -- and in 1986 appearing as the titular Beverly Hills Madam. The 1987 feature Barfly found a cult audience, but almost without exception, Dunaway's subsequent films went unnoticed; even the 1990 Chinatown sequel The Two Jakes was a failure. In 1993, she starred in a short-lived sitcom, It Had to Be You, and conti

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Inconceivable
  • Donna
2017
79% The Case for Christ
  • Dr. Roberta Waters
$14.5M 2017
24% The Bye Bye Man
  • Widow Redmon
$22.4M 2017
No Score Yet A Family Thanksgiving
  • Gina
2010
No Score Yet Raspberry Ripple
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet 21 and a Wake-Up
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Say It in Russian
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Midnight Bayou
  • Odette
2009
No Score Yet You Must Remember This: The Warner Bros. Story
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Gene Generation
  • Josephine Hayden
2007
No Score Yet Pandemic
  • Lillian Shaefer
2007
No Score Yet The Seduction of Dr. Fugazzi
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Rain
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Cougar Club
  • Edith Birnbaum
2007
No Score Yet Ghosts Never Sleep
  • Kathleen Dolan
2006
No Score Yet Rain
  • Isabel Hudson
2006
No Score Yet Cut Off
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The People Next Door
  • Ellen Morse
2006
No Score Yet Back When We Were Grownups
  • Tina
2004
No Score Yet Anonymous Rex
  • Shin
2004
No Score Yet Last Goodbye
  • Sean Winston
2004
No Score Yet Love Hollywood Style
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Chronicle of the Raven
  • Mary Ellen Cassi
2004
No Score Yet El Padrino
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet Blind Horizon
  • Miss K.
2003
No Score Yet Man of Faith
  • Actor
2002
43% The Rules of Attraction
  • Eve Denton
$6.5M 2002
No Score Yet Changing Hearts
  • Betty Miller
2002
65% Festival in Cannes
  • Herself
$41.5k 2002
64% The Yards
  • Kitty Olchin
2000
0% Running Mates
  • Meg Gable
2000
No Score Yet Stanley's Gig
  • Leila
2000
30% The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc
  • Yolande D'Aragon
1999
70% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • The Psychiatrist
1999
No Score Yet A Will of Their Own
  • Margaret Sanger
1998
92% Gia
  • Wilhelmina Cooper
1997
No Score Yet Double Edge
  • Faye Milano
1997
No Score Yet Rebecca
  • Mrs. Van Hopper
1997
43% The Twilight of the Golds
  • Phyllis Gold
1997
No Score Yet En Brazos De La Mujer Madura (In Praise of Older Women)
  • Countess
1997
12% The Chamber
  • Lee Bowen
1996
44% Albino Alligator
  • Janet
1996
6% Dunston Checks In
  • Mrs. Dubrow
1996
50% Drunks
  • Becky
1995
74% Don Juan DeMarco
  • Marilyn Mickler
1994
22% Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
  • Actor
1994
29% The Temp
  • Charlene Towne
1993
87% Arizona Dream
  • Elaine
1993
No Score Yet Double Edge
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Silhouette
  • Samantha Kimball
  • Producer
1991
No Score Yet Scorchers
  • Thais
1991
33% The Handmaid's Tale
  • Serena Joy
1990
67% The Two Jakes
  • Evelyn Mulwray
1990
No Score Yet Wait Until Spring, Bandini
  • Mrs. Hildegarde
1990
No Score Yet Cold Sassy Tree
  • Love Simpson Blakeslee
1989
No Score Yet In una notte di chiaro di luna (As Long as It's Love) (On a Moonlit Night)
  • Mrs. Colber
1989
No Score Yet Burning Secret
  • Sonya
1988
No Score Yet La Partita (The Gamble)
  • Countess
1988
40% Midnight Crossing
  • Helen Barton
1988
78% Barfly
  • Wanda Wilcox
1987
No Score Yet Casanova
  • Madame D'Urfe
1987
No Score Yet Beverly Hills Madam, (Ladies of the Night)
  • Lil Hutton
1986
No Score Yet Agatha Christie's 'Thirteen at Dinner'
  • Jane Wilkinson
1985
No Score Yet Ordeal by Innocence
  • Rachel Argyle
1985
7% Supergirl
  • Selena
1984
57% Terror in the Aisles
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Wicked Lady
  • Lady Barbara Skelton
1983
No Score Yet The Country Girl
  • Actor
1982
55% Mommie Dearest
  • Joan Crawford
1981
63% The First Deadly Sin
  • Barbara Delaney
1980
40% The Champ
  • Annie
1979
No Score Yet Arthur Miller on Home Ground
  • Actor
1979
47% Eyes of Laura Mars
  • Laura Mars
1978
89% Voyage of the Damned
  • Denise Kreisler
1976
91% Network
  • Diana Christensen
1976
No Score Yet The Disappearance of Aimee
  • Sister Aimee Semple McPherson
1976
86% Three Days of the Condor
  • Kathy Hale
1975
79% The Four Musketeers
  • Lady de Winter
1975
71% The Towering Inferno
  • Susan Franklin
1974
98% Chinatown
  • Evelyn Mulwray
1974
82% The Three Musketeers
  • Milady
1973
No Score Yet Oklahoma Crude
  • Lena Doyle
1973
No Score Yet Hogan's Goat
  • Actor
1971
50% Doc Holliday
  • Kate Elder
1971
No Score Yet La maison sous les arbres (The Deadly Trap)
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Puzzle of a Downfall Child
  • Lou Andreas Sand
1970
96% Little Big Man
  • Mrs. Pendrake
1970
14% The Arrangement
  • Gwen
1969
20% A Place for Lovers
  • Julia
1968
79% The Thomas Crown Affair
  • Vicki Anderson
1968
89% Bonnie and Clyde
  • Bonnie Parker
1967
No Score Yet The Happening
  • Sandy
1967
29% Hurry Sundown
  • Lou McDowell
1967
No Score Yet Stanley's Gig
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
70% Grey's Anatomy
2005
  • Dr. Campbell
  • 2009
No Score Yet CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
2000-2015
  • Lois O'Neill
  • 2006
No Score Yet Alias
2001-2006
  • Ariana Kane
  • 2003
  • 2002
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mrs. Van Hopper
  • 1997

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