Faye Dunaway’s Husbands: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Faye Dunaway with her second husband, Terry O’Neill in 1983. (Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Faye Dunaway is scheduled to present at the 2017 Oscars. The legendary 76-year-old actress is best known for her roles in Bonnie & Clyde, Network, Chinatown and many other classics. Dunaway is no longer married, but was married twice in the past. She also had a famous affair with the late Italian superstar Marcello Mastroianni.

Here’s a look at Dunaway’s two husbands and her romantic past.


1. Her First Husband Was J. Geils Band Singer Peter Wolf

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Peter Wolf in 2015. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Dunaway was first married to Peter Wolf, the lead singer for The J. Geils Band. The two were married from 1974 to 1979.

According to a 1980 People Magazine profile of Wolf, Dunaway met him backstage at a show in San Francisco. They married in Los Angeles two years later. He refused to comment on their breakup, but did say that the lyrics to the hit “Love Stinks” were not inspired by the divorce.

The two have said that the marriage failed because they had to spend too much time apart while working. “Well, we were in a romance, she worked hard and was very dedicated to her work. I worked hard and was very dedicated to my work,” Wolf told the New York Times.


2. She Was Married to Photographer Terry O’Neill in the 1980s

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Terry O’Neill in 2005. (Photo by Claire Greenway/Getty Images)

Dunaway’s second marriage was to famed British photographer Terry O’Neill. They were married in 1983 after meeting in 1977 when he took photos of Dunaway for People Magazine. They divorced in 1986.

Dunaway and O’Neill are the parents of Liam Dunaway O’Neill, who was born in 1980. In 2003, the tabloid Star Magazine claimed that O’Neill said Liam was adopted and not their biological son. The rumor that Liam was adopted goes back to 1980, since Dunaway did her best to keep the pregnancy a secret.

As People Magazine reported in 1981, Dunaway said she kept her pregnancy with Liam a secret because O’Neill was still in the process of divorcing Vera Day. O’Neill also had two children with Day.

Dunaway told People in 1981 that she wished to give Liam a sister, but that never happened.

“I’ve always wanted children,” Faye told People. “But my relationships always seemed so complicated. As it happened I’m happy I did wait because I’m glad Terry’s the father.”


3. She Had a 2-Year Relationship With Marcello Mastroianni While He Was Still Married

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Faye Dunaway and Marcello Mastroianni in A Place For Lovers. (Photo by Keystone Features/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Dunaway’s most famous relationship wasn’t with any of her husbands. In 1969, she went to Italy to film A Place For Lovers with Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. The film was terrible, but it provided the genesis for a two-year relationship. They even lived together, even though Mastroianni was still married to Flora Carabella. Mastroianni also had relationships with Catherine Deneuve and Anna Maria Tato, but he remained married to Carabella from 1950 until his death in 1996.

Despite starring with Warren Beatty, Jack Nicholson and several other Hollywood icons, Mastroianni was the only co-star Dunaway had an affair with. In a 2016 Harper’s Bazaar interview, Dunaway said she really tried to avoid affairs with co-stars.

You just don’t,” she told the magazine. “I have a rule: You know it’s going to ruin the performance and ruin the movie, so you don’t do that.”


4. She Was Engaged to Director Jerry Schatzberg During the Late 1960s, But They Never Married

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Jerry Schatzberg and Faye Dunaway at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

In 1967 and 1968, Dunaway was engaged to Jerry Schatzberg, a photographer who later became a director. (Schatzberg directed Al Pacino’s first film, 1971’s The Panic in Needle Park.)

The two never married, but have remained close friends. In 1970, when Schatzberg was putting together his first film as a director, Dunaway agreed to star. The film was called Puzzle of a Downfall Child. In her memoir, Looking For Gatsby, Dunaway wrote that she thought it was a “beautiful film,” even though it never won the same acclaim other films of that era did. the film was written by Carole Eastman, who famously earned an Oscar nomination for co-writing Five Easy Pieces.


5. Today, She Says She’s a ‘Loner’ & Is Focused on Her Work

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Faye Dunaway at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. (Getty)

Today, the most important man in Dunaway’s life is Liam, who is now 36. She told Harper’s Bazaar that she thinks having a partner is important, but she’s a loner.

“I’m a loner. I kind of like to be alone and do my work and, you know, be focused on my own things. So we’ll see what happens,” she told the magazine.

“I’m very much a loner,” she also told People Magazine in 2016. “I always think I would like to have a partner in life, and I would – if I could find the right person, I think.

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