For Faye Dunaway, Real-Life Role in Housing Court

For Faye Dunaway, Real-Life Role in Housing Court

She was a brazen bank robber in “Bonnie and Clyde,” the mysterious Evelyn Mulwray in “Chinatown“ and a scheming television executive in “Network,” for which she won an Oscar.

Now Faye Dunaway is a defendant in case No. 76667/11 in Manhattan housing court, just another rent-stabilized tenant facing eviction.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday, her landlord claims that Ms. Dunaway, who pays $1,048.72 a month for a one-bedroom walk-up apartment in a century-old tenement building on East 78th Street, does not actually live there, but rather lives in California. The suit also names her son, Liam Dunaway O’Neill, whose father is the photographer Terry O’Neill, as a subtenant in the apartment.

As proof, the landlord, unnamed in court papers, states that Ms. Dunaway owns a home in West Hollywood, and has her voter and automobile registrations there. The suit also cites three moving violations she received in California from May 2009 to December 2010.

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