Faye Dunaway is the ambitious peasant girl from the Argentine village of Junin who claws her way to the top to help make her lover, Juan Peron, the nation's dictator-president and herself one of the world's richest, most powerful women. In her early forties, Dunaway was somewhat old for the role which calls for her to portray Evita (which had nothing to do with the Broadway musical the producers and the network were careful to point out in a disclaimer) from teenager to her death at 32. James Farentino played the part of Peron for which Robert Mitchum initially had been announced. Emmy Award nominated as Outstanding Drama Special as well as for costume design and sound mixing. The film won a technical Emmy for sound editing.