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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Dunaway lights up French festival

Faye Dunaway will be the guest of honour at the 2014 Lumiere film festival

Faye Dunaway is to receive a top tribute at a French film festival.

The Oscar-winning actress will be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the Lumiere Film Festival, which focuses on classic films, ahead of a screening of her break-out film, Bonnie And Clyde, said the Hollywood Reporter.

"I am greatly moved by this invitation. I am very honoured to be invited to Lyon for this festival dedicated to film lovers," the 73-year-old star said.

The event was launched by Cannes' artistic director Thierry Fremaux, who started the Lumiere festival in his home-town six years ago.

This year's event, which kicks off on October 13, will celebrate the "immense contribution she has made to the emergence of the independent American films of the Sixties and Seventies, and the contribution is of the highest calibre," he said.

"Her personality, her life's work, and her level of commitment define her as a Hollywood cinema legend," he added, calling her attendance an "exceptional event".

Faye, who rarely does interviews and whose last screen appearance was in 2010's Hallmark film A Family Thanksgiving, was honoured by Thierry at the Cannes film festival in 2011, when she appeared on the festival's official poster.

Previous honours were given to Quentin Tarantino and director Jean-Paul Belmondo.

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