Monday, January 14, 2008

It's Faye Dunaway's Birthday So Don't Fuck With Her, Fellas!

Today Faye Dunaway, one of the queens of late 60's and 70's cinema, turns 67. In case you don't know who she is, first of all you should be shot and secondly she has earned three Oscar nominations for her work in Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown and Network (for which she won the Oscar) and also starred in the original Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen. If you read my blog regularly, however, you know that I love her best as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest. She refuses to even discuss the film because she believes that it's negative reception caused her career to tank, but, looking back on it 25+ years later, it stands up as one of the most dynamic performances of all time. Dunaway transforms so fully into the Crawford that it's hard sometimes to even separate the two in my mind and it makes Oscar winning biopic performances like Philip Seymour Hoffman in Capote or Reese Witherspoon in Walk the Line look like nothing. I wish Faye a very happy day and I hope that one day she finds that right role to make her big comeback with.

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