Tuesday 24 April 2018

Hollywood legend faces eviction in landlord row

Jon Swaine in New York

Faye Dunaway, the Oscar-winning actress, is facing eviction from her New York home after being taken to court by her landlord.

Dunaway (70) has leased a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side since 1994 that qualifies for reduced rent under a local law designed to protect low-paid tenants.

She pays $1,049 (€732) per month, less than half the average rate for comparable properties in the neighbourhood.

To remain eligible, tenants must use the property as a main home. But her landlord claims she lives mainly in California.

She and her son Liam Dunaway O'Neill, who is thought to be a sub-tenant in the apartment, were this week named as defendants in a case brought by the landlord. Mr Dunaway O'Neill states on Twitter that his location is "Hollywood".

The case has highlighted the apparently modest lifestyle of Dunaway, who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1976 for her appearance in 'Network'.

Her Hollywood home is a three-bedroom bungalow, which she bought in 1998 for $315,000 (€220,000) and has been advertised for rent over the internet in recent years. She drives a 2007 Toyota Corolla.

She reportedly invested a large amount of money in a long-awaited film version of 'Master Class', the play about the life of the opera singer Maria Callas, in which she starred in the late 1990s.

She is credited as being the screenwriter, director and star of the film, which has no firm release date.

Dunaway's agents did not return a request for comment. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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