If you browse online biographies of Academy Award winning actress Faye Dunaway, you will find many details about her life – some right and some wrong. It is safe to say that she is the most accomplished performing artist ever to come from Two Egg, Florida.
Although many biographies and websites list her birthplace as Bascom, she was actually born in a rural area 2.2 miles north of “downtown” Two Egg. Her birthplace site is 5 miles southeast of Bascom and 2.3 miles west of the Lovedale community. The local post office was in Bascom so the home of her parents had a Bascom mailing address, although Two Egg was the nearest named community.
Known to family members as Dorothy Faye, she was born Dorothy Faye Dunaway to Grace April Smith Dunaway (1922-2004) and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr. (1920-1984), on January 14, 1941. Family members called him “Dowell.” War clouds were looming on the horizon and the United States entered World War II less than one year later on December 7, 1941. Her father became a career non-commissioned officer in the United States Army. Faye Dunaway attended Bascom School for one year before her family moved to Tallahassee. She eventually went on to study at Florida State University and the University of Florida before receiving her degree in theater from Boston University.
Ms. Dunaway won the award for Best Actress after her appearance in the 1977 film Network. She was also nominated for her roles in Bonnie & Clyde (1968) and Chinatown (1975). In addition, she received received Golden Globes for Best Actress in Network and Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for Ellis Island (1985) and Gia (1999). She has received an Emmy, numerous other awards and was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1999. She has been acting professionally since 1962 and remains active today.
The home in which she was born was relocated many years ago and the site where it stood is now a pasture. The map below will show you how to reach the site, which can be viewed from the shoulder of the roadway. Please remember that lands in the area are private and do not trespass.
Listen to her uncle, Fletcher Dunaway of Tallahassee, remember the day that she was born in this excerpt from Two Egg TV‘s coming documentary, “Two Egg, Florida.”