Oscar-winning actress Faye Dunaway was fired from a play that’s being readied for a Broadway run, The New York Post reports. Dunaway, who won an Oscar for “Network” in 1977, was canned from “Tea at Five,” the paper reports, “for creating a ‘hostile’ and ‘dangerous’ environment backstage that left production members fearing for their safety.”
The report cites “several sources.”
“Onstage at the Huntington Theater in Boston, where ‘Tea at Five’ was trying out, Dunaway was playing Katharine Hepburn. Backstage she was channeling Joan Crawford, the deranged, abusive film star Dunaway played in the 1981 movie ‘Mommie Dearest,'” The Post reports. “The July 10 performance was canceled moments before curtain because Dunaway slapped and threw things at crew members who were trying to put on her wig, sources say. Enraged at the cancellation, Dunaway began ‘verbally abusing’ the crew. They were ‘fearful for their safety,’ said one source.”
Dunaway reportedly was traveling in Europe and could not be reached for comment, and her lawyer did not answer a request for a comment.
“The producers of ‘Tea at Five’ said in a statement they had ‘terminated their relationship’ with the actress,” The Post reports. “They said the play, which was well received in Boston, would go to London in the spring and be recast with another actress.”
Dunaway was reportedly anticipating returning to Broadway for the first time in 37 years, after last appearing in “The Curse of the Aching Heart” in 1982.