A renowned actress and singer, John Dunaway has won a number of awards. In addition to her achievements on the screen, she is also a successful businesswoman.
Aside from her professional career, Dunaway has a very happy family life and is proud of the children she has raised. She is also a dedicated philanthropist.
Early Life and Education
Dunaway was born in Bascom, Florida, to Grace April (Smith) and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr. Her father was a career army officer and her mother was a homemaker.
Her childhood was dominated by travel as her father worked on his itinerant military assignments. She moved frequently, living in Texas, Arkansas, Utah, and Mannheim, Germany.
She graduated from Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida, in 1958 and then studied at the Boston University School of Fine and Applied Arts. She was runner-up in the Miss University of Florida beauty pageant.
Her first screen role was in The Happening (1967), which earned her good reviews. She then had a supporting role in Otto Preminger’s drama Hurry Sundown. Her subsequent films, including Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970), did not generate commercial success.
Dunaway was a merchant mariner by trade. She served for a decade on ships around the world, moving cargo from one port to another.
Her acting career began with small roles in films that never panned out at the box office, but earned her critical acclaim and respect. She appeared in Bonnie and Clyde (1969), a film that was praised for its direction by John Frankenheimer, but was also criticized for her acting.
She appeared in several small movies, but her best-known role is as the ruthless television executive Diana Christensen in Paddy Chayefsky’s Network (1996), a role she loved. She won a Golden Globe Award for her performance and received a Screen Actors Guild nomination. During her career, she also starred in The Twilight of the Golds (1997) and Gia (1998).
Achievements and Honors
John Dunaway was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army Air Forces and received a Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) for his extraordinary heroism while flying a P-39 fighter aircraft in aerial combat against enemy forces. He was credited with shooting down seven enemy aircraft before being shot down himself and listed as missing in action on November 22, 1944.
The CSI has honored Dunaway with their ‘Fellows of the Institute’ award, which honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the advancement of construction technology or improvement of construction specifications. These awards are given to a limited number of CSI members each year and recognize individuals who have maintained membership for five years or more.
John Dunaway is a well-known actress, who has made many stage and film appearances since the 1960s. Her notable roles include Evelyn Mulwray in Chinatown (1974), a role which earned her an Oscar nomination, and Diane Christensen in Network (1976), for which she won the best actress award.
She is protective of her personal life and has rarely given interviews or public appearances. She has a son, Liam Dunaway O’Neill.
After her divorce from O’Neill, Dunaway moved back to the United States and tried to rebuild her reputation by appearing in several independent dramas. She was praised for her performance as a woman felled by alcohol in Barbet Schroeder’s Barfly (1987), and served as executive producer and star of Cold Sassy Tree (1989).
Dunaway is an American actress and singer. She has appeared in many movies and TV shows.
She has been married twice in her life. The first marriage was with a rock singer, Peter Wolf in 1974. However, their love didn’t last long.
Her second marriage was with Terry O’Neill, a British photographer. They were together for about eight years and have one child, Liam.
Dunaway’s net worth is $50 million, which she has accumulated through her successful career. She is also an active philanthropist. She has supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation.