Faye Dunaway

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Hermione Gingold As Evita????

    The role of Evita Peron has appealed through the years to grand divas like Patti LuPone, Faye Dunaway, Madonna, and that Argentinian woman from last year. But did you know that froggy-voiced, bulging-eyed British vaudeville entertainer slash actress Hermione Gingold sort of had a shot at it?

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    May 10, 2013

    Christina Crawford Improves Her Stage Act

    When I saw it recently, Christina Crawford's presentation Surviving Mommie Dearest (at the Snapple Theater Center) was a little bizarre because the bulk of it involved her showing a documentary that includes lots of her facing the camera and telling stories about mama, Joan Crawford. Christina saunt ... More >>

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    October 8, 2012

    "Aimee Semple McPherson Was Nothing But A Whore!"

    Since Kathie Lee Gifford has co-written that Scandalous musical about Aimee Semple McPherson, maybe someone should tell her to add the above little tidbit. It was uttered with conviction by none other than the immortal Bette Davis. The two-time Oscar winner is quoted in Elizabeth Fuller's book Me ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Faye Dunaway's Puzzle Put Back Together By Her Ex-Director/Lover

    Puzzle of a Downfall Child is the 1970 drama by Jerry Schatzberg in which Faye Dunaway plays an ex model reminiscing about her life of cover shoots and breakdowns. Last night at Film Forum, Schatzberg presented a restoration of Puzzle and also spoke to the crowd about his achievement. Schatzberg, ... More >>

  • Film

    July 11, 2012

    'Universal 100': Better Than the Studio Tour

    The best of Universal's history hits Film Forum

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    July 9, 2012

    Ernest Borgnine's Weirdest Movie

    No, it wasn't Marty, From Here To Eternity, or even Johnny Guitar. It was a wacky little 1972 alleged comedy called Bunny O'Hare, in which he and Bette Davis were a plumber and a widow who dressed up as hippies and robbed banks, funkily escaping on a motorcycle. Those two old coots were no threat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2012

    That Dangerous Looking Homeless Lady Was Actually Faye Dunaway

    The Drama Book Shop, the West 40th Street treasure for theater folk and those that care about them, once called the police on an Oscar winner! This is from the New York Times article about the place. "Stars shop without fear of harassment by the star-struck, and the occasional out-of-work thespi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 5, 2012

    Faye Dunaway Updates Her Fans On Master Class

    At least I think it's Faye Dunaway. On Twitter, @RealFayeDunaway has been saying that her long-awaited film version of Master Class is in post production. Master Class is the Terrence McNally play about opera diva Maria Callas instructing some young hopefuls with brash charm and putdowns. Faye ha ... More >>

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    August 31, 2011
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    August 8, 2011

    My Book Is Available For Ordering

    ​My newest book, Fork on the Left, Knife in The Back, has an official pub date of September 1, but one of my millions of fans (shut up) has alerted me to the fact that it's available on Amazon and in fact she was just told her copy shipped right away. It's a preemie baby, and such a cutie!

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Jimmy McMillan, 'Rent Is Too Damn High' Guy, Is Getting Evicted

    ​Remember Jimmy McMillan, the "Rent Is Too Damn High" guy who ran for governor of New York, and also has something of a musical career? The New York Post reports that he, like Faye Dunaway, is having real estate troubles. Also like Faye Dunaway, his troubles are with his landlord, who wants to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Faye Dunaway Is Being Sued by Her New York Landlord Over Her Rent-Stabilized Apartment

    ​Shockingly, Faye Dunaway is facing eviction in Manhattan housing court. More shockingly, Faye Dunaway pays $1048.72 a month for her rent-stabilized 1-bedroom walkup on East 78th. Slightly less shockingly, Dunaway may not actually inhabit the apartment, but instead lives in California, per a l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Faye Dunaway Named In Eviction Lawsuit!

    ​Oscar wining goddess Faye Dunaway just might get thrown out of her one-bedroom walkup in the east 70s. But apparently she doesn't live there anyway. See, in order to keep a rent stabilized apartment in NYC, it has to be your primary residence, and Faye's landlord is claiming that she really ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Interactive Mommie Dearest Was A Scream

    ​ Mommie Dearest is the unwitting 1981 comedy about celebrity child abuse, but it was funnier than ever at last night's interactive version of the camp classic at the Ziegfeld. The event ballsily started with go-go boys running down the aisles with empty popcorn buckets that the audience was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2011

    The 10 Best Female Outfits in Movie History

    ​ Who cares about the men? They always wear suits or sweaty T-shirts. But from the beginning of cinema, Hollywood's ladies have gotten swathed and feathered and dressed and undressed in ways that have made the fashion world rock with diversity and delight. My 10 all-time fave looks are:

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    January 12, 2011
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    December 20, 2010

    Faye Dunaway's Master Class Movie: What The Hell Happened?

    ​The screen version of Master Class--directed by Oscar winner Faye Dunaway, who stars as opera diva Maria Callas--was scheduled to come out in 2010. But it ain't ready, divas. A while ago, I had gotten an anonymous tip that people had stormed off the set for some reason and there was major t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 24, 2010


    Sympathy for the model

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    November 17, 2010

    Colin Firth Said the C-Word!

    Speechifying on Broadway, plus plenty of cussing and discussing

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    The Wire Hangers Incident Never Happened!

    ​If you're gay and of a certain age, the iconic scene from Mommie Dearest where Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford shrieks at her daughter Christina, "No wire hangers!" has been ingrained into your being like Man Tan. Well, a new book about Joan by Donald Spoto says it's pure fiction. In Possesse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Patti LuPone Calls Andrew Lloyd Webber "An Alcoholic"

    ​In 1994, Tony winner Patti LuPone was bumped from the starring role in Sunset Boulevard by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, though she'd been promised the Broadway run after doing it in London. Well, some people might have just gone home and cried about it, but some people ain't Patti! Don't c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    The Bette/Joan/Faye Connection

    ​In 1973, Joan Crawford told a paying audience that Faye Dunaway was the only current movie actress who "has the talent and the class and the courage to become a real star." Poetically enough, Faye went on to play Joan in the 1981 film Mommie Dearest.

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    July 29, 2010

    Faye Dunaway Eats an Egg

    ​And turns it into a three-act opera. This is what acting is all about, people. Focus. Determination. Cholesterol.

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2009

    Name The Best Film About Alcoholics

    ​There have been so many good movies made about drunks, you wonder why booze can inspire so many artists while ruining so many lives. No matter. My personal favorites are:

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Faye Dunaway Is a Big, Old Diva--Namely Maria Callas

    ​The last time I interviewed Oscar winner Faye Dunaway, I asked her what was taking so long with her proposed film adaptation of Master Class, in which she would recreate her L.A. stage role of opera diva Maria Callas. Faye looked as confused as when Mommie Dearest started being promoted as c ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 15, 2009
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    August 7, 2009

    Re-Viewing Films With Diminishing Returns

    ​Since I've already seen every movie ever made, I have to watch them all over again or I'll have chunks of unfilled time on my agenda. But in doing so, something very dispiriting happens sometimes. When I re-view movies that blew me away when I was younger, they don't always hold up! Yes, Nas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2009

    How Michael Jackson Would Have Looked Without All That Surgery

    Michael Jackson used to downplay the amount of surgery he had--I think he copped to one nose tweaking and perhaps an occasional eyebrow tweaze--but we know better. The guy had even more surgery than Kathy Griffin and Faye Dunaway combined. But what if he'd gone au naturel? What if he'd never touched ... More >>

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    May 27, 2009

    Who's The Most Beautiful Screen Goddess of All Time?

    Mind you, I'm not including anyone from the silent era because I'm always too busy reading their lips to assess their attributes. But looking through my old issues of Hollywood Confidential--and skimming through some Peoples for updates--I've decided that the 10 runners-up for "most stunning cinema ... More >>

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    February 9, 2009

    What's Your Favorite Feud?

    The last month or so has been a goldmine of celebrity spats and tantrums, and I'd like to lay them out in order and let you decide which one sent out the most gratifying sparks of creepy confrontation. *Patti LuPone vs the flash photographer. You remember this one--"Who do you think you are?"

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    February 5, 2009

    Catfight Alert: Faye Dunaway vs. Hilary Duff!

    I couldn't let the week go by without weighing in on the war between those two thesping titans, Oscar winner Faye Dunaway and crap star Hilary Duff. Faye recently mouthed off on the upcoming remake of Bonnie and Clyde, which costars the Duse of the nail salon crowd, Duff. As the Joan Crawford imper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2009

    LuPone's Tantrum Is Now A Dance Song!

    A couple of years ago, I was dancing in a bar to something fierce that turned out to be Faye Dunaway's raging phone messages to a poor TV producer set to a dance beat. It was hair-raising and captivating at the same time! So when Patti LuPone's "Who do you think you are?" tirade to a photo-flashing ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    An Embarrassment of Bitches: Faye Dunaway on YouTube

    Faye Dunaway is a great movie star renowned for her flowing tresses and flaring nostrils. She won the Oscar for playing a voracious TV virago in Network and was nominated for sultrily killing people in Bonnie and Clyde and for rivetingly glamorizing incest in the noirish Chinatown. Those are her ico ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 19, 2008


    When children make you want to screen

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2008

    YouTube Treasure: Faye Dunaway as Mae West!

    Faye Dunaway did Joan Crawford even better than Crawford herself, but did you know she did Mae West too? I mean played her! In 2002's The Calling (video title: Man of Faith), feisty Faye showed up as the aging sexpot befriended by evangelist Leroy Jenkins in this highly bizarre "true story." Check o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2008

    Performances That Should Have Been Nominated For an Oscar

    There are hundreds of great performances through the years that the Academy Awards have strangely neglected, but I like them, I really, really like them! They simply got shafted because they were in the wrong category, they didn't get the right buzz, they didn't ham it up enough, or they didn't give ... More >>

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    October 14, 2008
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    September 3, 2008

    Overlooked and Undervalued, the Films of Jerry Schatzberg

    Forgotten auteur of 70s skepticism and American waywardness

  • Voice Choices

    March 4, 2008


    Do it for Mommie

  • Columns

    March 20, 2007

    Network Encore? I'm Glad as Hell.

    We interrupt regular programming to take you back to 1976's darkly comic masterpiece.

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    January 2, 2007
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    August 1, 2006
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    May 9, 2006
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    February 28, 2006
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    June 1, 2004
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    August 5, 2003

    Death Valley '74

    The Desert of the Steal

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    October 17, 2000
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    September 5, 2000

    Archival and Departure

    Maybe, in Our Hemmed-In World, One Step Back Could Mean Two Steps Forward

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    August 3, 1999
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    January 26, 1999

    NY Mirror

    Faye said she felt Chinatown 'gave people something to put their dreams on.' (It's better than a wire hanger.)

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