Faye Dunaway Reveals Regret over Joan Crawford Portrayal in ‘Mommie Dearest’

September 3, 2016

Faye Dunaway opened up about her film legacy in a rare interview. The screen legend revealed her regrets over portraying another legend of the screen, Joan Crawford in ‘Mommie Dearest. She also spoke about what it was like to cope with sudden fame back in the 1960s.

Faye Dunaway

At 75, the Oscar-winner Faye Dunaway is one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 1960s and 1970s, and rose to fame in 1967 in ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ opposite Warren Beaty. She went on to star in many other iconic movies including ‘Network’ and ‘China Syndrome.’ And, of course, that unforgettable performance in 1981 as Joan Crawford in ‘Mommie Dearest’ based on the shocking biography by Crawford’s own adopted daughter, Christina Crawford, revealing her mother’s cruelty and abuse.

Dunaway told People magazine that thanks to that role her own personal and that of Crawford became blurred in the public perception of her. She said that her intention with the portrayal was to provide a “”window into a tortured soul, but it was made into camp.”

Elaborating, she went on to say, “I think it turned my career in a direction where people would irretrievably have the wrong impression of me – and that’s an awful hard thing to beat.”

Continuing, she added, “I should have known better, but sometimes you’re vulnerable and you don’t realize what you’re getting into. It’s unfortunate they felt they had to make that kind of movie. But you can’t be ashamed of the work you’ve done. You make a decision, and then you have to live with the consequence.”

She also revealed that as a young actress she was insecure about her looks. She reflected upon what it was like seeing the dailies during the filming of ‘Bonnie and Clyde,’ saying, “Just to see the face, to see that it’s too round – but it was more than that…I didn’t think my face was beautiful. I guess I found a lot wrong with it.”

Asked what she thought of her iconic chiseled cheekbones, she said, “Well, the cheekbones were okay.”

She admitted that her sudden rise to fame was overwhelming. In her words, “When I was discovered, everything happened like dominos…I don’t know how to talk about it now because it’s too mindblowing. It’s so unreal and yet it’s real. I’m grateful for it but I guess part of that is missing it – when one grows older.”

You can see more interview excerpts here and check out Faye Dunaway’s photo from People magazine below along with video of a rare 1981 interview on ‘Mommie Dearest.’

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