Faye Dunaway was born Dorothy Faye Dunaway in Bascom, Florida, in 1941. Her father’s career as a U.S. Army officer meant the family moved frequently.
Shortly after her graduation from Boston University with a degree in theatre, she appeared on Broadway in a replacement role in the hit play A Man for All Seasons (1962-1963). She also appeared in After the Fall (1964-1965) and another 3 Broadway plays through 1982.
Dunaway made her film debut in 1967, and received her first Best Actress Academy Award nomination that same year for her performance in Bonnie and Clyde (1967). She received her second Academy Award nomination for her leading role in Chinatown (1974) and won the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in Network (1976).
She has appeared in more than 70 films.
Dunaway began a romantic relationship with her co-star, the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni (1924-1996), in 1968, and moved to Italy for two years to be with him. Mastroianni was still married and refused to divorce, ending the relationship.
She married twice:
- Peter Wolf, lead singer for The J. Geils Band, 1974-1978, divorced;
- Terry O’Neill (1938-2019), photographer, one child (adopted), 1982-1987, divorced.