- Birthday:Jan. 14, 1941
- Birth Place:Bascom, Florida, USA
- Birth Name:Dorothy Faye Dunaway
- Nick Name:Miss Faye
- Height:5' 7" (1.7 m)
- Biography: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. From then on she was in demand everywhere, holding her own against Steve McQueen in The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Jack Nicholson in Chinatown (1974), and Robert Redford in Three Days of the Condor (1975). Her 1976 Oscar win for Network (1976) represented the high water mark of her career. Things only went downhill from there, and 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. A late career highlight came in 1987 with the critically acclaimed Barfly (1987), but it was not an effective comeback for her. She continues to act, more prolifically than in her heyday, though primarily in obscure low-budget films.