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Name: Dorothy Faye Dunaway                                                             
Born: 14 January 1941 Bascom, Florida, USA                                             
Dorothy Faye Dunaway (born on January 14, 1941) is an Academy Award, Emmy Award         
and multi-Golden Globe Award winning American actress known professionally as           
Faye Dunaway. Over the course of her more than five decade career Dunaway has           
starred in a variety of films, from the most critically acclaimed including             
Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network, to blockbusters such as The Towering           
Inferno and the notorious such as the cult classic Mommie Dearest.                     
Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida to Grace April Smith, a homemaker, and John         
MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., a career army officer. She attended the University of           
Florida, Florida State University, and Boston University. In 1962, Dunaway             
joined the American National Theater and Academy.                                       
Dunaway appeared on Broadway in 1962 as the daughter of Thomas More in A Man for       
All Seasons. Her first screen role was in 1967 in Hurry Sundown, but that same         
year, she got the leading female role in Bonnie and Clyde (opposite Warren             
Beatty) which earned her an Oscar nomination.                                           
Dunaway being interviewed by Army Archerd on the red carpet at the 60th Annual         
Academy Awards, April 11, 1988                                                         
It was in the 1970s that she began to stretch her acting muscles in such films         
as Three Days of the Condor, Little Big Man, Chinatown, Eyes of Laura Mars, and         
Network, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress as the scheming TV       
executive Diana Christensen. In the 1980s, although her performances did not           
waver, the parts grew less compelling. Dunaway would later blame Mommie Dearest         
(1981) for ruining her career as a leading lady. Critics and audiences alike           
couldn't decide whether the film was drama or comedy, never a good situation for       
an actress to find herself. "I was too good at Crawford," she was often quoted         
as saying.  She played an alcoholic in Barfly (opposite Mickey                         
Rourke). In a later movie, Don Juan DeMarco (1995), Dunaway co-starred with             
Johnny Depp and Marlon Brando.                                                         
In 2006, Dunaway played a character named Lois O'Neill in the sixth season of           
the popular crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She served as a judge on       
the 2005 reality show The Starlet, which sought, American Idol-style, to find           
the next young actress with the potential to become a major star. In the spring         
of 2007, the direct-to-DVD movie release of Rain, based on the novel by V. C.           
Andrews and starring Dunaway, was released.                                             
Dunaway has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard           
which was awarded on October 2, 1996.