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THE MESSENGER: THE STORY OF JOAN OF ARC

Academy Award winner FAYE DUNAWAY has been nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Actress category three times, first for Bonnie and Clyde, then for her portrayal of the icy, tortured Evelyn Mulwray in the classic Chinatown.

She received her Oscars for Network, in which she played the sexy, driven television executive Diana Christianson in Sidney Lumet's film of Paddy Chayefsky's screenplay.

Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida, the daughter of a career army officer. She attended schools in Texas, Arkansas, Utah and Germany before entering the University of Florida, where she was awarded a Fulbright scholarship in theatre. After further studies at the Boston University of Fine Arts, she joined the Lincoln Center Repertory Company, appearing in Arthur Miller's "After the Fall" and Robert Bolt's "A Man For All Seasons," among other works. Her performance in a lead role in an off-Broadway production of "Hogan's Goat" led to her first film role in The Happening, followed by a starring role in Otto Preminger's Hurry Sundown. The. following year, she received her first Oscar nomination for her stunning portrayal of the outlaw Bonnie Parker opposite Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde.

Her powerful work playing an alcoholic in the 1987 drama Barfly drew rave reviews.

She also executive produced and starred in the film "Cold Sassy Tree," an adaptation of Olive Ann Burns' novel, presented on Turner Network Television.

In 1989, she completed four projects: In a Moonlit Night, directed by Lina Wertmuller and starring Rutger Hauer and Natassja Kinski, The Gamble with Matthew Modine, Wait Until Spring, Bandini with Joe Mantegna, and the screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood's acclaimed novel The Handmaid's Tale, directed by Volker Schlondorff, starring Robert Duvall and Natasha Richardson.

In 1990, Dunaway starred in and executive produced Silhouette. That year she also starred with James Earl Jones and Emily Lloyd in Scorchers.

Dunaway's other well-known film credits include The Thomas Crown Affair opposite Steve McQueen, Elia Kazan's The Arrangement with Kirk Douglas, Little Big Man with Dustin Hoffman, The Towering Inferno opposite Paul Newman, Sydney Pollack's Three Days of the Condor opposite Robert Redford, The Eyes of Laura Mars and Mommie Dearest.

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