Memories of Faye Dunaway’s First Magazine Cover

Revisited in the October issue of Harper's Bazaar.

The Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood is a place where nostalgia can come very close to being what it used to be. The latest proof of that is a Harper’s Bazaar photo shoot and interview with Faye Dunaway, now 75.

Framing the actress’ career, Christopher Bagley writes:

Success came quickly: After a few acclaimed performances on the New York stage, she beat out Jane Fonda and Natalie Wood for the chance to star opposite Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde. The movie was a worldwide hit and earned Dunaway her first Oscar nomination at 27.

At the Paris opening, she was mobbed by scores of photographers and packs of girls wearing Bonnie-inspired berets, their hair styled after the character’s loose pageboy. Within a year Dunaway was on the cover of Newsweek in a black miniskirt and starring alongside Steve McQueen as the hotshot insurance investigator Vicki Anderson in The Thomas Crown Affair.

Intriguingly, when Angelina Jolie appeared on the cover of Newsweek in 2011, she chose to emulate Dunaway’s sparse March 1968 approach. In the Harper’s Bazaar interview, Dunaway also reveals that she is planning to take an Improv class at The Groundlings. The actress attended the recent Telluride Film Festival, where she was spotted by a number of patrons and journalists.