According to the New York Post , Sinatra rushed to her Hollywood trailer and spent 15 minutes with Dunaway, rehabilitating her voice. One of the most frequently reported rumors from the set of Mommie Dearest was that Faye Dunaway was a bit of a nightmare. Faye was despised because she was so rude to people. I wish Faye had learned from Joan. I got knocked down maybe twice—she hit me hard in the chest. It was kind of a Kabuki performance.
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Many examples spring to mind, such as Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. And why is this only bestowed on a select few? Camp is a popular term in gay male culture, and synonymous with flamboyant exaggeration. This might be projected in the characters these icons play on the stage or screen, or the personas they choose to project. Many Hollywood stars fell into camp because, long after their careers had begun to decline, the cameras kept rolling. But despite her horrific depiction, she fascinated them. With it, she proved she could take on roles with a degree of strength rarely seen in Hollywood.
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Star Faye Dunaway, who nabbed an Academy Award in for " Network ," is said to have had her sights set on an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Joan Crawford in the movie, which was based on the controversial memoir penned by Crawford's daughter, Christina. Unfortunately for Dunaway, critics weren't amused. The specifics of both the book and the movie, which detailed Joan's alcoholism and near-constant physical abuse of her adoptive children, were contested by other family members and confidantes. Although it made her memoir a household name, Christina Crawford was never a fan of the movie adaptation.