Faye Dunaway Almost Broke Up Director's Marriage

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In Robert Altman: The Oral Biography by Mitchell Zuckoff, the late, great director's longtime wife, Kathryn Reed Altman, remembers a time in 1972 when the phone rang and Altman picked up the other extension.

"I could tell something was up," Kathryn relates.

That night, she goes on, "it all kind of broke that he was having this encounter with Faye Dunaway -- and she was on the phone.

"She was a real smart assed bitch and I really didn't like her."

Which might not exactly be a minority opinion.

After a rocky period, Faye was warded off and the marriage somehow got patched back together like a brilliantly edited Altman film.

But years later, Faye found herself at the same Oscar party as the Altmans.

Relates the wife:

"Bob didn't acknowledge her. He was like it never happened, which is a good way of handling it.

"She came around to my side and kneeled down and went through this big apology to me.

"I said, 'You can't take full responsibility. It wasn't just you, Faye.'

"Bob was the one who should have been down on his knees."

When Faye was contacted for her take in the book, she wasn't quite as penitent.

The Oscar winner replied:

"I don't have anything to say about Mr. Altman. I never worked with him. I don't have any time to give you on this subject."

I guess she's angry about the lingering gossip. She's mad at the dirt!


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20 comments
DavidE
DavidE

Clearly Faye was the inspriation for Shelley Duvall in "Three Women."

FTW
FTW

I took room service to Faye Dunaway and (I think)Harris Yulin about 40 years ago when they were in Philadelphia...she was very small,very pleasant,quite friendly and unpretentious and this was post-Bonnie when she was a Big Star...

Pally
Pally

I believe the photo { although only a movie roll} sums up Faye pretty well.

jonster
jonster

"She came around to my side and kneeled down."

This sounds like the first line in the chapter "Casting Faye Dunaway" in any Hollywood director's memoir.

Timmee
Timmee

Michael, I think at this point, a truly shocking post would be if you could dig up someone, ANYONE, who had a pleasant anecdote to relay about Ms FD.

Musto
Musto

Well, I'm totally open to such stories. Please send them my way, folks! Hello? Hello?

Barkley
Barkley

I like her work.  She's always weighing her chicken cutlets at restaurants.

egghumor
egghumor

Does anyone actually LIKE Faye Dunaway?

Ping
Ping

"She was a real smart assed bitch and I didn't like her."

Great quote!!

Peri
Peri

She always seems to like father figures and directors and photographers.

Rabbit
Rabbit

Faye causes trouble wherever she goes. The woman is a menace.

Melinda9
Melinda9

He was having an 'encounter' with Faye Dunaway - does that mean an affair? Strange wording.

Musto
Musto

Yes, a torrid affair.

tony adams
tony adams

This dirt is like good chocolate. Altman was lucky to keep his head. Dunaway is reputed to be a praying mantis.

Caleb Hillman
Caleb Hillman

When you scrub the floor you've got to move the tree. 

Libi
Libi

Was she trying to get a part in Nashville? Thank god it didn't work out.

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