Having watched the TV version of Bonnie and Clyde I’m in a Faye Dunaway sort of mood. A stunning actress who has straddled a few decades and delivered some astounding performances. Oh, and she’s drop dead gorgeous too. Therefore I get to post so e great pics of her. So, here goes,

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That’s her on the Cannes poster from 2011.

Faye Dunaway was born on a farm in Bascom, Florida in 1941, the daughter of an army officer and a housewife. After high school she majored in education at the University of Florida, but switched to theatre arts and transferred to Boston University, earning her degree in 1962. She joined the American National Theatre and Academy in 1961 and did four plays on Broadway over the next three years. Her first screen appearance was on the short-lived TV drama series Seaway (1965) in 1965. Two years later, she skyrocketed to fame as Bonnie Parker in the pop culture juggernaut Bonnie and Clyde (1967) for which she earned her first Academy Award nomination.

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Faye and Arthur Penn

The following year she starred opposite Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), yes, we love the chess scene!

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In 69 she made The Arrangement with Kirk Douglas and Deborah Kerr directed by Elia Kazan

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Little Big Man in 1970

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She then famously sparred with Roman Polanski and starred with Jack Nicholson in Chinatown (1974)

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Major disaster movie The Towering Inferno had the cast to end all casts.

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Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor (1975)

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Her 1976 Oscar win for Network (1976) represented the high water mark of her career.

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This is Faye in Terry O’Neill’s photo from 1977   and collecting her Oscar.

Her controversial portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest (1981) marked the end of her reign as a top tier actress, bewildering many fans who found her performance to be astonishing.

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A late career highlight came in 1987 with the critically acclaimed Barfly (1987) with Mickey Rourke

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Faye and Mickey

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Faye, Charles Bukowski and Mickey

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Faye, Mickey and Barbet Shroeder

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All the gang.

She has garnered 22 Awards around the world and been nominated a further 26 times. She has been a true shining light in the world of film, she was married to Peter Wolf from the J. Geils Band (remember Centrefold?) She was married to Terry O’Neill, one of the all time great photographers. What a subject for him.

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This is a great site with loads of brilliant photos of the lovely Faye Dunaway.

http://silvervelvetsky.wordpress.com/2011/08/07/miss-faye/