Faye Dunaway Quotes

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Faye Dunaway is an American Oscar winning actress best known for Bonnie and Clyde, Network and Chinatown.

She messed up the Oscar Awards in 2017 together with Warren Beatty by announcing the wrong Best Motion Picture winner.

Born January 14, 1941

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Best 65 Quotes by Faye Dunaway

“A good director will only make a good script much, much better but if the script is not good, a good director can't help the script.”

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“Acting is different from mental gymnastics. You try to discover as much about the character as you can, but a large area is mysterious.”

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“All my life, I've been the kind of person who could shatter easily.”

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“Dick Van Dyke is one of the sweetest and funniest men in the world.”

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“Fear is a pair of handcuffs on your soul.”

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“For a long time, I tried to live up to something that was in people's minds. I don't know what it is they want, nor do they, but movie stars fulfill some lack in people's lives. What I realized long ago is that any time people put you on a pedestal, you're doomed to disappoint. I can't possibly be who they want me to be because, mainly, they want me to answer all their dreams. But we're just people with flaws, insecurities. Maybe more insecurities than anybody else.”

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“I always wanted to succeed, to do the best that I could because it puts you in a position of freedom, you see. Then you can choose the road you will take, the way you will live and work.”

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“I am desperate and vulnerable. I am always terrified. Beauty can sometimes be so very troublesome.

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“I am furious that they think I'm too old to play the love interest of guys like Jack Nicholson and Clint Eastwood. Why should I play sisters and mothers while guys like Jack and Clint, who are older than me, have on-screen lovers half their age?”

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“I am who I am and, you know, I've done the best I can with what I've been given.”

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“I didn't think my face was beautiful. I guess I found a lot wrong with it.”

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“I don't think of myself as being particularly beautiful.”

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“I feel like I'm a beginner in everything in life.”

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“I get angry when people push people around.”

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“I give myself away all the time – to the men in my life, to the people, to the agents, to the producers, so that I have nothing left.”

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“I like being very busy. I think that's the definition of stardom, really. It's energy. It really is.”

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“I like to do anything if you don't have to sacrifice quality. That's the key. If you have to sacrifice doing something the best that you can do it, then you start to go crazy.”

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“I longed to do great work, and since you must be famous to get those opportunities, I wanted to be famous.”

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“I never liked parties, never felt comfortable. I was a little girl from the South and people were terribly judgmental. Oh, I had a hard time. I never felt good enough. I had large insecurities.”

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“I really hate talking about Mommie Dearest! It is like an obsession with people! Why do people need to focus so much on one film I made over 20 years ago? It was not a great time in my life and the film was not an experience I want to think about. Period!”

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“I regret so much. I've made mistakes. I've hurt people. I've done things I'm not proud of. But on the other hand, that way lies madness, you know?”

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“I think I'm a product of the American Dream. My mother came from a very poor farming family, and she wanted my brother and me to achieve. In fact, we're the only two people in our family who are professional people now. My brother's a lawyer in Washington and I'm an actress. I think it's because of my mother, because she kept encouraging us to do our best and to fight, not just to take things as they come. I got straight A's. But sometimes overachievers and people who get straight As miss the trip, miss the process.”

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“I think that somehow I got the notion that I had to be successful, to be the best in the world.”

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“I think, for better or for worse, people do think that you're like your roles.”

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“I want to play real people. Real women. I want to be where the fun is – closer to humanity.”

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“I was always interested in people like Lenny Bruce, people who are breaking the old rules and making new ones.”

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“I was very determined. The straight A girl. I wanted to succeed. Driven. Let's face it: very driven.”

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“I will never forget the moment, and the feeling, when I heard my name. It was, without question, one of the most wonderful nights of my life. The Oscar represented the epitome of what I had struggled for and dreamt about since I was a child. The emotional rush of getting this accolade, the highest one this industry can award you, just hit me like a bomb. It was the symbol of everything I ever thought I wanted as an actress.”

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“I would like a partner but I can see myself without a marriage. I'd love to have someone to sit and talk with and walk on the beach with at 80.”

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“I'm kind of a recluse.”

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“I'm still the little southern girl from the wrong side of the tracks who really didn't feel like she belonged.”

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“I'm very much a loner. I always think I would like to have a partner in life, and I would – if I could find the right person, I think.”

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“If you don't eat properly, it affects your energy level. You are an athlete when you're onstage. You can't get tired.”

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“In this country, it is always noticed when an older woman, even just a year older, is involved with a younger man. It is one of the sillinesses of society – if a woman is any older than a man, much is made of it.”

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“It's awfully hard to make marriage work. I've tried twice and I don't know how. To have to think of somebody else so much of the time. It's such a compromise.”

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“It's hard to be young because you don't know who you are and must constantly search for to find yourself. Time has helped me there, and I feel more clear and calm now.”

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“It's interesting as one grows older to keep in touch with the cutting edge.”

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“It's not age that makes a life. It's what you do with it.”

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“It's true, I did a lot of great movies, and I'm happy. It was what it was, and now I think all of that has fed into where I am now, and I think it has taught me a lot.”

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“Life is a process of trying to be as good as you can be. It's the striving toward a kind of perfection, knowing that you're never going to quite achieve it. But it's the trying for it that makes the difference.”

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“My mother's passion for something more, to write a different destiny for a dirt-poor farmer's daughter, was to shape my entire life.”

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“Once you reach a certain age, you realize that men aren't as important as you once thought they were.”

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“People will say whatever they say and I have no power over it.”

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“Roman Polanski was very much an autocrat, always forcing things. It ranged from the physical to the mental. He was very domineering and abrasive and made it clear he wanted to manipulate the performance. That approach has never worked with me.”

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“So many people are called but few serve as actors, you know what I mean?”

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“Success is a relative quotient, and fame can be ephemeral. An Oscar is something that becomes a part of your record, a tangible acknowledgement that your efforts have made a difference.”

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“The film 'Bonnie and Clyde' touched the core of my being. Never have I felt so close to a character as I felt to Bonnie. She was a yearning, edgy, ambitious southern girl who wanted to get out of wherever she was. I knew everything about wanting to get out, and the getting out doesn't come easy. But with Bonnie there was a real tragic irony. She got out only to see that she was heading nowhere and that the end was death.”

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“The last role I played that really touched me and where I was able to access what I really am was Bonnie, which is kind of sad when you think how early in my career that was.”

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“The minute you start believing your own success, you're on the road to ruin.”

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“The movie 'Bonnie and Clyde' put me firmly in the ranks of actresses that would do work that was art. There are those who elevate the craft of acting to the art of acting, and now I would be among them. I was the golden girl at that time. One of those women who was going to be nominated year after year for an Oscar and would win at least one. The movie established the quality of my work. 'Bonnie and Clyde' would also turn me into a star.”

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“The whole era when I was busy being a big movie star was terribly disconcerting. I was cared for and cosseted, and yet I was totally dependent. I didn't know where the cornflakes were kept. I didn't know how to turn on the washing machine. That might sound very chic, but I'm telling you: When you don't know how your own life works, you get disconnected.”

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“Unless you come to terms with your past it haunts you, and you never leave it.”

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“When anyone asks where I want to be 10 years from now, all I can say is I'd like to be better, as an actress and as a woman.”

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“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.”

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“When someone is successful, there's always a feeling that they were lucky. Luck plays a part, sure, but to be successful, you must have iron discipline. You must have energy and hunger and desire and honesty.”

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“When you're younger they always try to get you to do every ninny role that's going.”

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“With the exception of my mother, my brother, and my beloved son, William Alfred has been without question the most important single figure in my lifetime. A teacher, a mentor, and I suppose the father I never had, the parent and companion I would always wanted, if that choice had been mine. He has taught me so much about the virtue of a simple life, about spirituality, about the purity of real beauty, and how to go at this messy business of life.”

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“Work is a salvation. Work is how you connect with who you are, no matter how painful it might be.”

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“Work often becomes a substitute for living. But I think the most successful artists, and the happiest people, find a fullness in both areas.”

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“Years are not important, my dear.”

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“You are not an extra in somebody else's film. You are the star in your own life.”

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“You can't be ashamed of the work you've done. You make a decision, and then you have to live with the consequences.”

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“You can't change human nature and you can't change what you have become over a period of 50 years. Well, you can change it, but most people don't want to change it and they're too lazy to change it and they've been indoctrinated.”

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“You can't take responsibility for everything. You can't have that kind of control. At some point, it's all out of our hands.”

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On portraying Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest Quotes

“If your mind is on a woman who is dead and you're trying to find out who she was and do right by her, you do feel a presence. I felt it at home at night sometimes. It wasn't pleasant. I felt Joan was not at rest.”

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On portraying Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest