A FEW WORDS FROM THE STAR, ON THE COMEBACK TRAIL.
Byline: Susan Alai, September 1987
A flash of red, a blur of blonde and the deliberate stamping of spike heels on the slate floor. Faye Dunaway is back.
“How ’bout over here, against this wall. My left side — three quarters….Use a light. I don’t want to have lines. That’s good. Oh, you missed the shot. You’ve got to get me. How about the hat? What do you think? I only do this for you, darling, the other guy just had me sitting in a chair. I hope you’re shooting color,” she declares, as the camera clicks dutifully before her.
And then, just as abruptly, her session with the camera over, Dunaway emerges in her construction-ravaged apartment, an imposing figure in a short, red Michael Kors suit that exposes eight miles of thigh. The feminine jingle of her charm bracelet pierces the air as she clicks off the stereo, pounces on a cigarette and comes suddenly to life, an intimidating blond Amazon.
She’s been out of the public eye during the last few years, living in England, having a child, finding herself in analysis, shaking loose of her marriage with photographer Terry O’Neill, but everything that is Dunaway remains — the cheekbones, the racehorse legs and the voice that’s filled with smoke. She collapses into a corner of her sofa, exhausted from a day of fending off reporters and photographers as she grapples with the burdens of being Faye….
For after a decade-long career tailspin following her Oscar-winning performance in “Network,” Dunaway wants to be back on the scene and is threatening to try all kinds of venues, from producing her own movies to licensing her name for a dress line, to do it. “I’m in a kind of renaissance,” she declares self-confidently.
She seems enthusiastic about the deal she says she’s about to sign with MJ Originals to license her name for a line of executive dresses that will sell for $300 to $400. “I’m going to immerse myself with the designer for three to four weeks to work on the collection. I think I have something to offer. And I have lots of ideas for other things: perfume — I’d like to call it Faye — for men and women, and sunglasses, which I love, and hats, and legwear that sells for $2.”
Is Dunaway doing it just for the money?
“It’s always nice to have money, but if that’s all you’ve got, that’s not good,” says Dunaway. “I feel there are many ways of expressing myself, and this is one of them.”