Faye Dunaway has been acclaimed for playing strong women: From a gun-toting moll in Bonnie and Clyde and a seductive insurance investigator in The Thomas Crown Affair to a calculating head of programming in Network.
But, as she tells People magazine in a rare interview this week, these tough ladies “were tender and vulnerable too.”
She says moviegoers have always assumed she’s strong, too.
“And perhaps like at least one of the characters I played,” she adds. “Joan.”
Of course she means Joan Crawford, whom Dunaway played in the 1981 classic Mommie Dearest. It’s an iconic performance, and one that is appreciated on a much deeper level now then when it first hit theaters.
But Dunaway still maintains it did irreparable damage to her career.
“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,” she tells the magazine. “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,” she adds. “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.”
Oh, Faye, don’t be like that.
Below, the cast of Logo’s Cocktails and Classics explain why Mommie Dearest is such a gay gem.