Biography and 15 best films of.. Faye Dunaway

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15 .Little Big Man

Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Penn

Little Big Man is a 1970 American revisionist Western directed by Arthur Penn and based on the novel Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. It is a picaresque comedy about a white male child..

14. Arizona Dream

Johnny Depp, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1992

Directed by: Emir Kusturica

Arizona Dream is a surrealist comedy-drama 1993 film directed by Emir Kusturica and starring…

13.The Towering Inferno

O. J. Simpson, Paul Newman

Released: 1974

Directed by: Irwin Allen, John Guillermin

The Towering Inferno is a 1974 American action drama disaster film produced by Irwin Allen featuring an all-star cast led by Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. The picture was directed by…

 

 

Hogan’s Goat

Faye Dunaway, Rue McClanahan

Released: 1971

Directed by: Glenn Jordan

Hogan’s Goat is a 1971 drama film written by William Alfred and directed by Glenn Jordan..

11.Albino Alligator

Viggo Mortensen, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1997

Directed by: Kevin Spacey

Albino Alligator is a 1997 American crime thriller film the directorial debut of Kevin Spacey, and starred Matt Dillon, Faye Dunaway and Gary Sinise. It tells the story of three small-time…

10.Mommie Dearest

Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid

Released: 1981

Directed by: Frank Perry

Mommie Dearest is a 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford, starring Faye Dunaway. The film was directed by Frank Perry. The story was adapted for the screen by

9.Barfly

Mickey Rourke, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1987

Directed by: Barbet Schroeder

Barfly is a 1987 American film which is a semi-autobiography of poet/author Charles Bukowski during the time he spent drinking heavily in Los Angeles. The screenplay by Bukowski was..

8.Eyes of Laura Mars

Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1978

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

Eyes of Laura Mars is a 1978 thriller film starring Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones and directed by Irvin Kershner. The screenplay was adapted from a spec script titled Eyes, written by-…

7.The Twilight of the Golds

Rosie O’Donnell, Brendan Fraser

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ross Kagan Marks

The Twilight of the Golds is a 1997 television film..

6.Three Days of the Condor

Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1975

Directed by: Sydney Pollack

Three Days of the Condor is a 1975 American political thriller film directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford, Faye Dunaway, Cliff Robertson, and Max von Sydow. The…

5.The Thomas Crown Affair

Pierce Brosnan, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1999

Directed by: John McTiernan

The Thomas Crown Affair is a 1999 American film directed by John McTiernan. The film, starring Pierce Brosnan, Rene Russo and Denis Leary, is a remake of the 1968 film of the same

4.Network

Robert Duvall, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1976

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Network is a 1976 American satirical film written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, about a fictional television network, UBS, and its struggle with poor ratings.

3.Chinatown

Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roman Polanski

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir mystery film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film was inspired….

2.Burning Secret

Faye Dunaway, Ian Richardson

Released: 1988

Directed by: Andrew Birkin

Burning Secret is a 1988 drama film, based on the short story Brennendes Geheimnis by Stefan Zweig, about an American diplomat’s son who befriends a mysterious baron while staying at an…

1.Scorchers

Faye Dunaway, Jennifer Tilly

Released: 1991

Directed by: David Beaird

Scorchers is an ensemble drama from 1991 written and directed by David Beaird with a cast of among others Faye Dunaway, James Earl Jones, Denholm Elliott, Leland Crooke and Emily….
Faye Dunaway, in full Dorothy Faye Dunaway, (born January 14, 1941, Bascom, Florida, U.S.), American actress known for her tense, absorbing performances. She enjoyed early success on the stage and then gained international stardom for her work in films.

Initially studying to become a teacher, Dunaway entered the University of Florida in Gainesville on a teaching scholarship, but she transferred to Boston University’s School of Fine and Applied Arts, where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1962. Although she was offered the opportunity to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Dunaway accepted instead a role in the American National Theatre and Academy production of A Man for All Seasons (1962). In 1965 she won critical acclaim for her role in William Alfred’s Hogan’s Goat, and that year she made her television debut. A film career soon followed, as her first two movies, The Happening and Hurry Sundown, were released early in 1967.

 

 

Dunaway did not have long to wait for big-screen success. Just months after her film debut, she became a Hollywood star with her role opposite Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde, which premiered in August 1967. As Bonnie Parker, she embodied the spirit of the film (as she often did in her best performances), instilling the legendary bank robber with an intoxicating mix of youthful rebellion, vanity, and sexuality. She was nominated for an Academy Award for best actress. Dunaway proved equally adept as a determined insurance investigator pursuing a rakish thief (played by Steve McQueen) in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). After appearing in a string of good if unremarkable films, including Little Big Man (1970) and The Three Musketeers (1973), she gave a deeply affecting performance in Roman Polanski’s classic film noir Chinatown (1974). As Evelyn Mulwray, Dunaway depicted a complex and troubled woman in a role that transcended the typical femme fatale and earned her a second Oscar nomination. She then appeared as a civilian abducted by a CIA agent on the run (Robert Redford) in Three Days of the Condor (1975). She won the Academy Award for best actress for her role as Diana Christensen, an intimidating and amoral television executive, in Sidney Lumet’s Network (1976).

 

Although Dunaway continued to perform in films, few of her later vehicles achieved any measure of critical success. She played the title role in the supernatural thriller Eyes of Laura Mars (1978). Her chilling portrayal of Joan Crawford in the biopic Mommie Dearest (1981) thrilled some but alienated most, especially in Hollywood, where she found increasingly less work. She gave memorable performances in Barfly (1987), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), and Arizona Dream (1993). She later took on supporting roles in the biopic The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), the crime thriller The Yards (2000), the dark comedy The Rules of Attraction (2002), and the drama The Case for Christ (2017).

 

 

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