See 1970s icon Faye Dunaway now at 83

Faye Dunaway stands as one of the few remaining true legends in the realm of Hollywood.

Renowned for her compelling portrayals of tough, spiteful, and complex female characters, the 83-year-old actress has etched her name alongside the greatest performances in cinematic history.

Notably recognized for her unforgettable exclamation, “no more wire hangers!” in the cult classic Mommie Dearest, Dunaway’s repertoire also includes notable roles in films such as Hurry Sundown with Michael Caine and Bonnie and Clyde, where she triumphed over Jane Fonda and Natalie Wood for the lead role.

Born in Bascom, Florida, the actress has accrued three Golden Globes and an Emmy, cementing her status as an iconic figure in the entertainment industry.

Dunaway’s career is often synonymous with her role in Mommie Dearest, a sensationalized film adaptation of Christina Crawford’s memoir.

Channeling the essence of Joan Crawford, Dunaway left an indelible mark on the set and beyond, with reports suggesting a haunting connection to the legendary actress.

In her autobiography, Looking for Gatsby, Dunaway reflects on the blurred lines between reality and her disturbing portrayal of Crawford, with some even speculating she was possessed by Crawford’s spirit.

The media fueled this speculation, with the Los Angeles Times suggesting that Dunaway had borrowed Crawford’s voice from the ghostly realm.

Despite her fame and collaborations with Hollywood’s leading men like Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Kirk Douglas, and Johnny Depp, Dunaway maintained professional boundaries in her relationships.

She adhered to a personal rule of not engaging romantically with co-stars to preserve the quality of performances and films.

However, she did break this rule for the charismatic Marcello Mastroianni, leading to a real-life affair mirroring their on-screen roles in A Place for Lovers (1968).

Dunaway’s personal life included marriages to musician Peter Wolf and famed British photographer Terry O’Neill, with whom she had a son named Liam. Her relationships were marked by love, complexity, and, at times, public deception.

Despite her significant talent, Dunaway’s career faced challenges due to her reputation for being a demanding and erratic presence on sets. This reputation led to her dismissal from projects, including the off-Broadway production of Tea at Five in 2019.

Acknowledging her loner tendencies, Dunaway expressed openness to dating in a 2016 interview. Her latest credit in 2022, starring alongside Kevin Spacey in the Italian movie L’uomo che disegnò Dio, underscores her enduring presence in the industry.

While Dunaway’s reported outbursts have fueled a divisive perception, there is no denying her indomitable talent, as evidenced by her inclusion in People’s list of 50 Most Beautiful People in 1997 and the receipt of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.

Hollywood’s landscape would undoubtedly be altered without the enigmatic Faye Dunaway. What are your thoughts on her portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest and the controversies surrounding her reported outbursts?