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Happy 70th birthday, Faye Dunaway!

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Jan 14, 2011 | 4:00am EST

The Oscar-winning actress broke into acting in the 1960s on the Broadway stage, before going on to film some of the most iconic movies of all time.

To wish Dunaway a very special 70th birthday, WENN has compiled 10 fascinating facts about the onscreen siren:

- She was born Dorothy Faye Dunaway on a farm in Bascom, Florida in 1941.

- The actress has been married twice - from 1974 to 1979 to Peter Wolf, lead singer of rock group The J. Geils Band, and from 1984 to 1987 to British photographer Terry O'Neill.

- Dunaway has one son with O'Neill called Liam.

- Her breakthrough role was in 1967's Bonnie and Clyde, which catapulted her to superstardom opposite Warren Beatty. She saw off competition from Natalie Wood and Beatty's sister Shirley MacLaine to land the part.

- She auditioned for the role of Daisy in The Great Gatsby, but it went to Mia Farrow. She later called her autobiography Looking For Gatsby: My Life.

- Dunaway won a Best Actress Academy Award for 1976's Network.

- In 1977 she was offered the part of Lillian Hellman in Julia - she turned it down and the role went to Jane Fonda, who picked up a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her performance.

- In 1996 she converted to Roman Catholicism.

- Dunaway is one of only four actresses to win both an Oscar for Best Actress, as well as a Razzie Award for Worst Actress. The other stars boasting the same dubious honour are Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock and Liza Minnelli.

- She appears in both versions of The Thomas Crown Affair. Dunaway starred in the original 1968 film, as well as 1999's remake with Pierce Brosnan.

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