France Honors Faye Dunaway (Cannes)


CANNES -- Cannes poster girl and actress Faye Dunaway added some classic Hollywood glam to the Croisette on Sunday when Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterand named her an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters at a ceremony in Cannes. While her famous face can be seen all over the Croisette on this year’s official festival poster in a photograph taken by Jerry Schatzberg in 1970, the actress made a live appearance at the Café des Palmes in the Palais to accept her prize.

“She has one of the most wonderful filmographies of any actress. Look at her movies from the 70s for example — she only made good choices. She’s had an incredible career,” festival artistic director Thierry Fremaux said.

Dunaway kept everyone waiting, but made a late-yet-dramatic entrance, telling Mitterand in perfect French: “It’s a great honor. I'm sorry for being late — I blame the weather.”

Dunaway first came to Cannes to present the Palme d'Or to Wim Wenders for Paris, Texas.

“You're an actress in auteur films but also films for a large audience which makes you an eternal star,” Mitterand told Dunaway before presenting her with the decoration.

“This I will treasure,” Dunaway said of her prize before getting teary-eyed. “I have a new dream and I am working on my new film as a director and as an actress,” Dunaway said of the future. “For me acting is a kind of comfort and satisfaction but its never the wind in my hair, as Meryl Streep said. It’s anguish because it’s a war to make a film — you have to take the fire and prevail as Faulkner said so you have to be very strong.”

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