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Faye Dunaway's Roles on TV: How Her Star Power Went Beyond the Big Screen

By    |   Thursday, 14 May 2015 03:09 PM

Most film buffs know actress Faye Dunaway for movies like “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Chinatown,” and “Network,” and for good reason. Many of her films were critically acclaimed. But Dunaway has also appeared on her fair share of television shows and TV movies, some even earning her awards and accolades. Here’s how her star power went beyond the big screen to include Dunaway’s performances on TV.

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The 1965 TV series “Seaway” about murder, kidnapping, and espionage was where Dunaway actually got her start. She was in one episode and shortly afterward in one episode of “The Trials of O’Brien,” a show about a flamboyant defense attorney.

In the 1970s Dunaway was in an episode of “Great Performances,” followed shortly by the TV movie “The Woman I love” where she played the American love interest of King Edward VIII, an affair that lead to his abdication. “After the Fall,” a TV movie adaptation of the Broadway play by Arthur Miller, aired in 1974 with Dunaway playing Maggie and in 1976 she was the title character in “The Disappearance of Aimee.”

The actress’ more acclaimed TV appearances came later, though, in the 80s and 90s. In 1985 she won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for “Ellis Island,” a mini-series about the lives of immigrants in New York.

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She was in several more TV series and TV movies before her next recognition for “Columbo” in 1993. It was the second time she acted alongside Peter Faulk after “The Trials of O’Brien.” She was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.

“You always hope, and though I felt very good about the role and the way I had played it, I had not expected to win,” Dunaway said about the award in her autobiography Looking for Gatsby.

A few years later she won that Golden Globe for her portrayal of Wilhemina Cooper in the made for TV movie “Gia” where she played a modeling agent alongside Angelina Jolie.

Other series Dunaway appeared in included “Christopher Columbus,” “A Will of Their Own,” and even “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Other TV movies included “Pandemic,” “Running Mates,” and most recently, “A Family Thanksgiving.”

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