Faye Dunaway Net Worth 2021: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Leslie Faye Dunaway net worth is
$40 Million

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Leslie Faye Dunaway Wiki Biography

Dorothy Faye Dunaway was born on 14 January 1941, in Bascom, Florida USA, of German, Scottish, Irish, and English descent. Faye is an actress, best known for her numerous award winning performances in films such as “Bonnie and Clyde” and “Chinatown”. She’s also starred in films such as “Network”, “The Thomas Crown Affair”, and “Eyes of Laura Mars”. All of her efforts have helped put her net worth to where it is today.

How rich is Faye Dunaway? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $40 million, mostly earned through a successful career as an actress. She’s been active in the industry since the late 1960s, and has been successful in various platforms. She’s also won at least nine awards for her performances and all of these have ensured the position of her wealth.

Faye Dunaway Net Worth $40 million

Most of Dunaway’s childhood was spent travelling Europe and the United States as her father was in the US Army. She took singing, piano, and dance classes before attending Florida State University, and then went to the University of Florida before graduating from Boston University with a degree in theatre, meantime attending the America National Theater and Academy for acting classes. After graduating, she appeared in various stage productions such as “A Man for All Seasons” and “After the Fall”, a good start to her net worth.

Faye’s first film role would be in “The Happening” in 1967, alongside Anthony Quinn. She was then nominated for a Golden Globe for the film “Hurry Sundown” despite its failure at the box office. Later in 1967 she was cast as Bonnie Parker for “Bonnie and Clyde” with Warren Beaty, and the film would help her rise to become one of the top actresses of her time. The film would be nominated for numerous awards including an Academy Award nomination to Dunaway. Her career was further solidified in “The Thomas Crown Affair”, in which she played an insurance investigator. The film became a big hit and it would lead to her appearing in “The Arrangement” and “Little Big Man”. She then got her second Golden Globe nomination for “Puzzle of a Downfall Child”. Her net worth rose considerably.

After “The Thomas Crown Affair” however, her career started to slump and she only had a few successful films in the next five years. Her next notable film would be 1973’s “The Three Musketeers” and its sequel “The Four Musketeers”. These helped revive Faye’s career and she was then cast for “Chinatown” which became a big hit. She got a second Best Actress nomination and would then be cast for the disaster epic “The Towering Inferno”.

After “The Towering Inferno”, Dunaway took a break from acting for a year, reappearing once again in the drama “Voyage of the Damned”. She then became part of “Network” playing the role of television executive Diana Christensen; the film would also become a success and is still up for discussion because of how it almost mirrored today’s television industry. She would gain critical acclaim for her performance, but would not appear on screen until 1978’s “Eyes of Laura Mars”. Her next notable role was in “Mommie Dearest” in which she played the role of actress Joan Crawford, putting in a lot of work to look like Crawford, and despite poor reviews for the film, her performance was well noted. The film would then be seen in a more comedic light, a move that Paramount Pictures took advantage of.

Eventually, Dunaway returned to Broadway, appearing in “The Curse of an Aching Heart”.

In 1987, Dunaway started to appear in more independent films, which would continue to earn her a lot of positive reviews. She appeared in “The Handmaid’s Tale”, and “Don Juan DeMarco” alongside Johnny Depp. One of her latest films is “The Bye Bye Man”, an appearance made after a six year hiatus from the big screen.

For her personal life, it is known that Dunaway was engaged to Jerry Schatzberg and also had a relationship with actor Marcello Mastroianni. In 1974, she married Peter Wolf but they would divorce five years later. In 1983, she married photographer Terry O’Neill and they adopted a child, but divorced in 1987.



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Full Name Faye Dunaway
Net Worth $40 Million
Date Of Birth January 14, 1941
Place Of Birth Bascom, Florida, United States
Height 1.7 m
Profession Actress
Education Florida State University, Boston University, University of Florida
Nationality American
Spouse Terry O’Neill (m. 1983–1987), Peter Wolf (m. 1974–1979)
Children Liam Dunaway O’Neill
Parents John MacDowell Dunaway Jr., Grace April Smith
IMDB http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001159/
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama, Leopard Club Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, D…
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, People’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, Gemini Award for Best Performa…
Movies Bonnie and Clyde, Mommie Dearest, Chinatown, Network, Three Days of the Condor, The Thomas Crown Affair, Barfly, Little Big Man, Eyes of Laura Mars, The Towering Inferno, Arizona Dream, Don Juan DeMarco, The Champ, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Puzzle of a Downfall Child, Dunston Checks I…
TV Shows The Starlet, Ellis Island, It Had to Be You
# Trademark
1 Often plays tough, spiteful and difficult women
2 Classic beauty with delicate high cheekbones
3 Deep husky yet smooth voice
Title Salary
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) $1,000,000
Network (1976) $200,000
Chinatown (1974) $50,000
The Extraordinary Seaman (1969) $300,000
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) $30,000
# Quote
1 The rhythms of being an actress are by definition intensity and then letting out. It’s like a heartbeat.
2 I really hate talking about Mommie Dearest (1981)! It is like an obsession with people! Why do people need to focus so much on one film I made over 20 years ago? It was not a great time in my life and the film was not an experience I want to think about. Period!
# Fact
1 Daughter of John MacDowell and Grace April Dunaway.
2 She has English, German and Scots-Irish ancestry.
3 She was awarded Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters by French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand on May 15, 2011.
4 Has appeared with Marlon Brando in Don Juan DeMarco (1994). Dunaway played a villain named Selena in Supergirl (1984), and Brando played Superman’s father, Joe-El, in Superman (1978).
5 Has appeared with Richard Chamberlain in four films: The Three Musketeers (1973), The Four Musketeers: Milady’s Revenge (1974), The Towering Inferno (1974) and Casanova (1987).
6 Was one of the presenters of the Best Director Golden Globe in 1986 which was awarded to John Huston for Prizzi’s Honor (1985). They had previously co-starred together in the mystery film Chinatown (1974).
7 Was the 79th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Network (1976) at The 49th Annual Academy Awards (1977) on March 28, 1977.
8 Born at 8: 15 p.m. (CST).
9 Turned down Cybill Shepherd‘s role in Taxi Driver (1976). Around the same time, she was offered the role of Fran in Family Plot (1976), which she also turned down.
10 She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on September 26, 1996.
11 When she made the cover of Newsweek magazine (March 4, 1968), the photograph was taken by then fiancée Jerry Schatzberg for “The New American Beauties” issue.
12 Had a two-year relationship with Marcello Mastroianni. She left him because he refused to divorce his estranged wife and marry her.
13 Prior to living in a very modest New York City apartment on East 78th Street between First and Second Avenues, Dunaway had resided at the huge, sumptuous Eldorado on Central Park West.
14 Her small production company, Port Bascom, is named for her hometown.
15 Her New York City landlord was seeking to evict Dunaway from a rent-stabilized one-bedroom apartment, alleging she was not entitled to it since her primary residence is a house in West Hollywood. [August 2011]
16 Was hired to replace Glenn Close as Norma Desmond in the Broadway production of “Sunset Boulevard”. However, she was dismissed as Andrew Lloyd Webber felt her voice was not up to the role.
17 She presented the Palme d’Or to Wim Wenders for Paris, Texas (1984) at the 37th Cannes Film Festival in 1984.
18 She studied drama at HB Studio in Greenwich Village, New York City.
19 Was offered the role of Lillian Hellman in the drama film Julia (1977) which she turned down. Jane Fonda, who went on to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
20 Turned down the lead roles in Paint Your Wagon (1969), Fun with Dick and Jane (1977) and Norma Rae (1979).
21 According to the DVD commentary by John Waters on Mommie Dearest (1981), Dunaway feels the film’s reception ruined her career, to an extent, and she refuses to discuss the film (hence her lack of participation in its release).
22 Her performance as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) is ranked #34 on Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
23 Her performance as Evelyn Cross Mulwray in Chinatown (1974) is ranked #36 on Premiere magazine’s 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
24 She was the only actress to appear in both The Thomas Crown Affair (1968) and The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).
25 Is only 14 years older than Diana Scarwid, who played her daughter in Mommie Dearest (1981).
26 Is one of only four actresses, along with Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and Liza Minnelli, to win both the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Razzie Award for Worst Actress (Dunaway shared her award with Bo Derek).
27 Is a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority.
28 Her portrayal of actress Joan Crawford in the critically panned film Mommie Dearest (1981) was ranked #41 on the villains list of the 100 years of “The Greatest Screen Heroes and Legends”, while her portrayal of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) – which she shared with Warren Beatty was ranked #32. She is one of only two actresses – the other being Bette Davis – to have two villainous roles in the list.
29 In order to be taken seriously as an actress, she turned down a regular role on Guiding Light (1952) in 1965.
30 By her own admission in a New York Times interview many years back, she and late comedian Lenny Bruce were briefly lovers and lived together for a week, circa 1963. She was also engaged to director Jerry Schatzberg in the mid-1960s.
31 Other actresses considered for Dunaway’s breakthrough role of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) included Ann-Margret, Natalie Wood, Sue Lyon, Tuesday Weld, Carol Lynley, Leslie Caron, Cher, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, and even Warren Beatty‘s older sister Shirley MacLaine.
32 Competing for beauty titles was considered de rigueur for Southern girls in the 1950s, and Dunaway remembers in her autobiography that she was somehow convinced that she could not leave Florida until she won one. She missed being crowned May Queen at Leon High School in Tallahassee by a mere six votes, and had another near-miss at a title when she was voted runner up for Miss University of Florida in 1959. Dunaway finally scored her beauty crown when she was named Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, and promptly transferred to Boston University.
33 Has a connection with the James Bond – 007 franchise: was considered for the role of Domino Derval in Thunderball (1965), and Octopussy (1983) as the female lead (Maud Adams ended up with the role). Faye had a chance to work with Pierce Brosnan (the fifth 007) in the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).
34 Converted to Roman Catholicism while in Boston, Massachusetts on December 27, 1996.
35 Ranked #65 in Empire (UK) magazine’s “The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time” list. [October 1997]
36 Her ex-husband, Peter Wolf, was the lead singer of the rock band J. Geils Band.
37 Her son with ex-husband Terry O’Neill, Liam Dunaway O’Neill, was born in the summer of 1980. In 2003, Terry dropped a bombshell by revealing that Liam was adopted.
38 Attended Boston University. Gave up a Fulbright Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London to join the original training program at the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater in New York. She got her first starring role in “A Man for All Seasons” just days after graduating from college. She was the daughter of a career army man which resulted in her traveling constantly in her early life.
39 Auditioned for the role of Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby (1974), which went to Mia Farrow. Her 1995 autobiography was titled “Looking for Gatsby: My Life”.

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