Dorothy Faye Dunaway was born prematurely, and claims that the survival instincts that were required of her, during her early years, have facilitated the longevity of her Hollywood career.
In 1965, Dunaway had her first New York stage success, in 'Hogan's Goat' at the American Place Theatre and in the same year she made her TV acting debut in an episode of 'The Trials of O'Brien'.
1967 saw Dunaway in her first screen role in 'The Happening', which starred Anthony Quinn, and her breakthrough screen role, as Bonnie Parker, in 'Bonnie and Clyde' came in the same year, for which she earned her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Dunaway's second Best Actress Oscar nomination came in 1974, for her co-starring role, with Jack Nicholson, in Roman Polanski's noir drama, 'Chinatown'. Two years later she finally won the Best Actress Academy Award, for her turn as a ruthless TV executive, in Sidney Lumet's 'Network'.
Her last Broadway appearance to date was in the short-lived 'The Curse of an Aching Heart' and soon after that run she moved to London. Her London stage debut came in 1986, in 'Circle and Bravo', after which she divorced her husband Terry O'Neill, a photographer whom she'd met at the 1977 Oscars ceremony.
In 1994, Dunaway became embroiled in two major lawsuits. Firstly, she sued Andrew Lloyd Webber over his claims that she could not sing or act the part of Norma Desmond in the musical version of 'Sunset Boulevard'. She then appeared as Maria Callas in a national tour of Terrence McNally's stage play 'Master Class', which led to further court proceedings with regards to film rights to the play.
In 1996, her position as 'Hollywood star' was cemented, receiving star number 2,074 on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles. The same year saw her appear in 'Dunston Checks In', 'Albino Alligator' and 'The Chamber', none of which attracted attention from critics.
However 1997's 'The Twilight of the Golds' and 1998 television movie 'Gia' pushed her back into the critical limelight as the movies landed her a Screen Actors Guild nomination and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress respectively. She went on to appear in 'Love Lies Bleeding', 'The Thomas Crown Affair' and 'Joan of Arc' in 1999, before attracting further recognition with 'Running Mates'. The 2000 film landed her a Golden Globe Award nomination.
Director Roger Avary's 'The Rules of Attraction' in 2002, which was a minor box office success, conspiracy thriller 'Blind Horizon' (2003), 'Rain' (2006), and a host of other television roles all featured Dunaway, although none of them attracted any awards or nominations. In 2007, she starred in 'Cougar Club', 'Say It in Russian' and 'The Gene Generation.
In 2008, when she was in her late 60s, Dunaway continued to have roles in movies, including British horror film 'Flick', a guest appearance on 'Grey's Anatomy' in 2009 and made-for-television movie 'Midnight Bayou'. However, she led an increasingly private life and shunned many of the places associated with Hollywood's elite. She appeared in 'Master Class' in 2011, a movie she also directed.