Faye Dunaway Biography (1941-)

Full name, Dorothy Faye Dunaway; born January 14, 1941, in Bascom, FL; daughter of John MacDowell Dunaway (a career army officer) and Grace April (a homemaker; maiden name, Smith) Dunaway Hartshorn; married Peter Wolf (a singer), August 7, 1974 (divorced, c. 1978); married Terrence "Terry" O'Neill (a photographer), 1983 (divorced, c. 1987); children: (second marriage) Liam. Addresses: Agent: Nevin Dolcefino, Innovative Artists, 1505 10th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401.; Manager: Hillard Elkins, Elkins Entertainment, 8306 WilshireBlvd., Suite 438, Beverly Hills, CA 90211; David Herd, Teitelbaum Artists Group, 8840 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Actress, director, producer, writer
Birth Details
January 14, 1941
Bascom, Florida, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Bonnie Parker, Bonnie and Clyde (also known as Bonnie and Clyde... Were Killers!), Warner Bros., 1967
  • Lou McDowell, Hurry Sundown, Paramount, 1967
  • Sandy, The Happening, Columbia, 1967
  • Vicky Anderson, The Thomas Crown Affair (also known as The Crown Caper and Thomas Crown and Company), United Artists, 1968
  • Gwen, The Arrangement, Warner Bros., 1969
  • Jennifer Winslow, The Extraordinary Seaman, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • Julia, A Place for Lovers (also known as Amanti and Le temps des amants), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1969
  • Lou Andreas Sand, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Universal, 1970
  • Mrs. Louise Pendrake/Lulu Kane, Little Big Man, National General,1970
  • Katie Elder, Doc, United Artists, 1971
  • Jill, The Deadly Trap (also known as Death Scream, The House under the Trees, La maison sous les arbes, and Unico indizio: Una sciarpa gialla), National General, 1972
  • Lena Doyle, Oklahoma Crude, Columbia, 1973
  • Milady de Winter, The Three Musketeers (also known as The ThreeMusketeers: The Queen's Diamonds and Los tres mosqueteros), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1973
  • Evelyn Cross Mulwray, Chinatown, Paramount, 1974
  • Susan Franklin, The Towering Inferno, Twentieth Century-Fox/WarnerBros., 1974
  • Kathy Hale, Three Days of the Condor, Paramount, 1975
  • Lady de Winter, The Four Musketeers (also known as The Four Musketeers: Milady's Revenge and The Revenge of Milady), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1975
  • Denise Kreisler, The Voyage of the Damned, Avco-Embassy, 1976
  • Diana Christensen, Network, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1976
  • Laura Mars, Eyes of Laura Mars, Columbia, 1978
  • Annie, The Champ, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1979
  • Barbara Delany, The First Deadly Sin, Filmways, 1980
  • Joan Crawford (title role), Mommie Dearest, Paramount, 1981
  • Lady Barbara Skelton, The Wicked Lady, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/UnitedArtists, 1983
  • Rachel Calgary (some sources cite Rachel Argyle), Ordeal by Innocence, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1984
  • Selena, Supergirl (also known as Supergirl: The Movie), TriStar, 1984
  • Wanda Wilcox, Barfly, Cannon, 1987
  • Countess Von Wallenstein, La partita (also known as The Gamble), 1988
  • Helen Barton, Midnight Crossing, Vestron, 1988
  • Mrs. Colber (some sources cite Joan Colbert), In una notte di chiaro di luna (also known as As Long as It's Love, Clair, Crystal or Ash, Fire or Wind, as Long as It's Love, and On a Moonlit Night), 1989
  • Mrs. Effie Hildegarde, Wait until Spring, Bandini (also known as Bandini, John Fante's Wait until Spring, Bandini, Aspetta primavera Bandini, and Le ragioni del cuore), 1989
  • Mrs. Sonya Tuchman, Burning Secret (also known as Brennendes Geheimnis), 1989
  • Helmut Newton: Frames from the Edge (documentary; also known as Frames from the Edge), 1989
  • Serena Joy, The Handmaid's Tale (also known as Die Geschichte der Dienerin), Cinecom, 1990
  • Voice of Evelyn Cross Mulwray, The Two Jakes, Paramount, 1990
  • Elaine Stalker, The Arrowtooth Waltz (also known as Arizona Dream), 1991
  • Thais, Scorchers, FoxVideo, 1992
  • Faye Milano, Double Edge (also known as Three Weeks in Jerusalem, Lahav Hatzui, and Shlosha Shavuot B'Yerushalaim), CastleHill, 1992
  • Charlene Towne, The Temp, Paramount, 1993
  • Marilyn Mickler, Don Juan DeMarco (also known as The Centerfold and Don Juan DeMarco and the Centerfold), New Line Cinema, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Unzipped (documentary), Miramax, 1995
  • Janet Boudreaux, Albino Alligator, Miramax, 1996
  • Lee Bowen Cayhall, The Chamber, Universal, 1996
  • Mrs. Dubrow, Dunstan Checks In, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1996
  • The countess, In Praise of Older Women (also known as En brazosde la mujer madura), 1997
  • The psychiatrist, The Thomas Crown Affair, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1999
  • Love Lies Bleeding, TriPictures, 1999
  • Kitty Olchin, The Yards, Miramax, 2000
  • Leila, Stanley's Gig, Left Hook Productions, 2000
  • Herself, Festival in Cannes, Paramount, 2001
  • Betty Miller, Changing Hearts, PorchLight Entertainment, 2002
  • Blue/mother, Mid-Century, Electric Sandbox Productions, 2002
  • Mrs. Eve Denton, The Rules of Attraction (also known as Die Regeln des Spiels), Lions Gate Films, 2002
  • Mae West, The Calling (also known as Man of Faith), SabevaFilm Distribution, 2002
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage from the film Chinatown) The Kid Stays in the Picture (documentary), Focus Features, 2002
  • Attorney general Navarro, El Padrino, Heartless Films, 2004
  • God, Love Hollywood Style, Stein Media, 2004
  • Kathleen Dolan, Ghosts Never Sleep, Kill Switch/More East to Go Films, 2004
  • Mary Ellen Cassi, Jennifer's Shadow, 2004
  • Ms. K, Blind Horizon, Lions Gate Films, 2004
  • Sean Winston, Last Goodbye, POP Films, 2004
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Laura Scofield, It Had to Be You (also known as Marry Me Anyway), CBS, 1993
  • Miniseries
  • Eva "Evita" Duarte Peron, Evita Peron, NBC, 1981
  • Maud Charteris, Ellis Island, CBS, 1984
  • Queen Isabella, Christopher Columbus (also known as CristoforoColombo), CBS, 1985
  • Voice of Gaia, Voice of the Planet, TBS, 1991
  • Margaret Sanger, A Will of Their Own (also known as Daughters of the New World), 1998
  • Movies
  • Wallis Warfield Simpson, The Woman I Love, ABC, 1971
  • Sister Aimee Semple McPhearson, The Disappearance of Aimee, NBC, 1976
  • Jan Wilkinson (Lady Edgeware) and Carlotta Adams, Agatha Christie's "Thirteen at Dinner" (also known as Thirteen at Dinner), CBS, 1985
  • Lil Hutton, Beverly Hills Madam (also known as Ladies of the Night), NBC, 1986
  • Madame D'Urfe, Casanova (also known as Il veneziano, vita, e amori di Giacomo Casanova), CBS, 1987
  • Raspberry Ripple, Arts and Entertainment, 1987
  • Miss Love Simpson Blakeslee, Cold Sassy Tree, TNT, 1989
  • Samantha Kimball, Silhouette, USA Network, 1990
  • Lauren Black (some sources cite Laura Staton), Columbo: It's All in the Game (also known as Two Women and a Dead Man), ABC, 1993
  • Karen Billingsley, A Family Divided (also known as Mother Love), NBC, 1995
  • Becky, Drunks, Showtime, 1996
  • Ellen Morse, The People Next Door, CBS, 1996
  • Phyllis Gold, The Twilight of the Golds, Showtime, 1997
  • Wilhelmina Cooper, Gia, HBO, 1998
  • Meg Gable, Running Mates, TNT, 2000
  • Aurora Beavis, Yellow Bird, WE (Women's Entertainment), 2001
  • Amanda Washington, The Biographer (also known as The Biographer: The Secret Life of Princess Di), CBS, 2002
  • Tina, Back When We Were Grownups, CBS, 2004
  • Specials
  • Kathleen Stanton, "Hogan's Goat," NET Playhouse, NET (now PBS), 1971
  • Maggie, After the Fall, NBC, 1974
  • Herself, Arthur Miller: On Home Ground, 1979
  • The Sensational, Shocking, Wonderful, Wacky '70s, NBC, 1980
  • (In archive footage) Sixty Years of Seduction, 1981
  • Georgie Elgin, The Country Girl, Showtime, 1982
  • Host, Supergirl--The Making of the Movie, ABC, 1985
  • Host, Inside the Dream Factory, TCM, 1995
  • Mrs. Van Hopper, "Rebecca," Masterpiece Theatre, PBS, 1997
  • (Uncredited; in archive footage) Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory, 1998
  • Herself, Academy Awards Pre-Show, E! Entertainment Television, 1999
  • Yolande d'Aragon, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (also known as Joan of Arc and Jeanne d'Arc), History Channel, 1999
  • Narrator, Thailand: Jewel of the Orient, PBS, 2000
  • (In archive footage) 101 Biggest Celebrity Oops, E! EntertainmentTelevision, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 49th Annual Academy Awards, 1977
  • Presenter, The 34th Annual Tony Awards, 1980
  • The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts, CBS, 1988
  • The 11th Annual ACE Awards, multiple networks, 1990
  • The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1990
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Elizabeth Taylor, ABC, 1993
  • The 65th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1993
  • Host, The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1994
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 1994
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Jack Nicholson, CBS, 1994
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Steven Spielberg, NBC, 1995
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1996
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Clint Eastwood, 1996
  • Presenter, The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1997
  • Presenter, The 55th Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1998
  • Screen Actors Guild Fourth Annual Awards, TNT, 1998
  • The 70th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1998
  • A Salute to Dustin Hoffman (also known as The 27th American Film Institute Life Achievement Award: A Salute to Dustin Hoffman), ABC, 1999
  • Herself, The Orange British Academy Film Awards, 2000
  • (Uncredited) The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2000
  • Episodic
  • Alexis Webster, "The 34th Man," Seaway, syndicated, 1965
  • Myra, "The 10-Foot, 6-Inch Pole," The Trials of O'Brien, CBS, 1966
  • CHiPs, NBC, 1982
  • Guest, Good Morning America (also known as GMA), ABC, 1988
  • Countess Polenska, "What a Tangled Web We Weave," Avonlea (also known as The Road to Avonlea), CBC and The Disney Channel, 1995
  • Guest, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1995
  • Voice, Tekwar, syndicated, 1995
  • Herself, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, c. 1995
  • The Entertainment Business, Bravo, 1998
  • Dr. Rebecca Markham, "Shallow Water: Parts 1 & 2," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001
  • Ariana Kane, "The Abduction," Alias, ABC, 2002
  • Katherine Burke, "Tonight at Noon," Soul Food, Showtime, 2002
  • Ariana Kane, "The Getaway," Alias, ABC, 2003
  • Ariana Kane, "A Higher Echelon," Alias, ABC, 2003
  • Guest, "Wetten, dass ... ? aus Karlsruhe," Wetten, dass ... ?, 2003
  • Pilots
  • Shin, Anonymous Rex, Sci-Fi Channel, 2004
  • Cooking Lessons, CBS, 2004
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Executive producer, Cold Sassy Tree, TNT, 1989
  • (With others) Executive producer, Silhouette, USA Network, 1990
  • Director and producer, Yellow Bird, WE (Women's Entertainment), 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Margaret More, A Man for All Seasons, American National Theatre and Academy, New York City, 1962
  • Beatrice's maid, The Changeling, American National Theatre and Academy, Washington Square Theatre, New York City, 1964
  • Faith Prosper, But for Whom, Charlie, American National Theatre and Academy, Washington Square Theatre, 1964
  • Nurse, then Elsie, After the Fall, American National Theatre and Academy, Washington Square Theatre, 1964-1965
  • Kathleen Stanton, Hogan's Goat, American Place Theatre, New York City, 1965
  • Tartuffe, American National Theatre and Academy, Washington SquareTheatre, 1965
  • Candida, summer theatre production, 1971
  • Old Times, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1972
  • Blanche du Bois, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, 1973
  • Frances Anna Duffy Walsh, The Curse of an Aching Heart, Little Theatre (now Helen Hayes Theatre), New York City, 1982
  • Circe and Bravo, London production, 1986
  • Maria Callas, Master Class, Boston, MA, 1996
  • Major Tours
  • Maria Callas, Master Class, U.S. cities, 1996-1997
  • Videos
  • (In archive footage) Oscar's Greatest Moments, 1992
  • Landlady and agent in "Into the Great Wide Open" music video, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Playback, by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, MCA, 1995
  • Music Videos
  • Landlady and agent, "Into the Great Wide Open," by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 1991
  • Teleplays
  • Movies
  • Yellow Bird, WE (Women's Entertainment), 2001
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Betsy Sharkey) Looking for Gatsby (autobiography; also knownas Looking for Gatsby: My Life), Simon & Schuster, 1995

Further Reference


    • Hunter, Allen, Faye Dunaway, St. Martin's Press, 1986
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 3: Actors and Actresses, 4th edition, St. James Press, 2000
    • Cable TV, January, 1998, pp. 22-23
    • Empire, October, 1997, p. 198
    • Entertainment Weekly, October 8, 1993; February 22, 2002, pp. 72-73
    • Esquire, August, 1999, pp. 110-11
    • Fame, April, 1990
    • Harper's Bazaar, September, 1989
    • Hollywood Reporter, October 28, 1994, pp. 1, 38
    • Interview, February, 1993; November, 2002, pp. 94-96
    • Ladies Home Journal, March, 1990
    • Los Angeles Times, June 18, 1997
    • Movieline, September, 1998, p. 92; June, 2002, pp. 70-73, 91
    • People Weekly, May 8, 1995, p. 227
    • Premiere, October, 1996, p. 34
    • TV Guide, October 14, 1989
    • USA Today, November 7, 1995
    • Variety, June 27, 1994
    • Vogue, March, 1988

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