Faye Dunaway is a very accomplished actress, but she’s also very known for her turn in “Mommie Dearest,” in which she played Joan Crawford.
It’s hard to forget her iconic line, “No more wire hangers!” and her overall performance of the actress in her private life, including her parenting of her daughter, Christina Crawford.
But Dunaway, who rarely speaks about the 1981 film, opened up to People magazine about why she had thought the role was going to be very different. The three-time Oscar nominee tells the magazine how she thought the memorable role was going to be a “window into a tortured soul,” but in the end, she found it to be very different, even harmful to her career.
“I think it turned my career in a direction where people would irretrievably have the wrong impression of me,” she candidly told People.
Before “Dearest,” Dunaway won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1977’s “Network” and had two other nods for “Chinatown” and “Bonnie and Clyde.”
She continued about this role and how it affected her public persona, “And that’s an awful hard thing to beat. 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.”
In the very honest interview, Dunaway, now 75, also talked about being single and how she never quite thought she was the beauty people perceived on the big screen.
“I didn’t think my face was beautiful. I guess I found a lot wrong with it,” she said. “I’m very much a loner. I’d like to have a partner in my life, and I would if I could find the right person, I think, but I don’t know who that might be right now.”