Young Faye Dunaway: 'Bonnie And Clyde's Bonnie, Then And Now
By | July 23, 2020
With her portrayal of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie And Clyde (1967), Faye Dunaway grabbed moviegoers' attention and didn't let go. The young and gifted actress appeared in a string of big movies with A-list co-stars, earning Best Actress Academy Award nominations for Bonnie and Clyde and Chinatown (1974), and a win in the category for Network (1976). Dunaway specialized in playing tough, assertive women, and has herself been categorized as such.
Faye Dunaway made the transition from Broadway to the silver screen look like a walk in the park. Her Hollywood debut in The Happening came the same year she broke through to stardom in Bonnie and Clyde. Dunaway’s body-altering commitment to the portrayal of the wafer-thin Bonnie Parker earned her first Academy Award nomination and set her down a path of tinsel town success. During her hall of fame run, she worked on giant films like The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), The Arrangement (1969), Little Big Man (1970), Chinatown, The Towering Inferno (1974), and Network. Despite a ridiculously successful career, Dunaway sometimes was labeled difficult or eccentric. However, whether it was on stage or the big screen, Dunaway got the job done.