Faye Dunaway (source: IMDB)
January 14 is Faye Dunaway’s birthday.
I like Faye Dunaway. When I was a kid, a couple of her movies were starting to show up on television just before the time when home video became a thing. So, when I saw “Network” and “Eyes of Laura Mars,” they were promoted as television events — the sort of thing I would stay up late to watch when I was finally old enough to be allowed to stay up late.
I always liked strong female leads in film — the ones they called “broads” back in the day — but Dunaway was sort of different than the women who came before her. Something about the actress in those two roles resonated with me because she seemed to defy gender stereotypes by simply occupying characters who didn’t give a shit about gender stereotypes.
It was kind of revolutionary…
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