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Hilary Duff versus Faye Dunaway: Round 2 to Hilary

February 5, 2009 |  8:10 am

Hilary Duff is brave to engage in a war of words with Faye Dunaway about being cast in the iconic role of Bonnie Parker.

It is easy to forget that Faye Dunaway — notorious for her 1981 portrayal of the ultimate movie diva Joan Crawford in "Mommie Dearest" — was once an A-list star. Hilary_duff_oscars_faye_dunaway Her career was launched with the 1967 film "Bonnie and Clyde" and Faye Dunaway earned the first of her three Oscar nominations for playing the gun moll opposite Warren Beatty as Clyde. (She lost to Katharine Hepburn in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.") She also earned a Golden Globe bid (losing to Edith Evans in "The Whisperers").

When Faye Dunaway was asked last week about Hilary Duff re-creating the role in the new indie "The Story of Bonnie and Clyde," she responded, "Couldn't they at least cast a real actress?" On Wednesday, Hilary Duff delivered her stinging reply in an interview with E! News: "I think that my fans that are going to go see the movie don't even know who she is," Hilary Duff said, referring to Faye Dunaway. Then Hilary Duff added, in a less-than-veiled reference to Dunaway's freshened-up face: "I think it was a little unnecessary, but I might be mad if I looked like that now too."

And today Playbill reports that Laura Osnes (chosen by the public to play Sandy in the 2007 Broadway revival of "Grease") is to be Bonnie in a workshop of a new musical. Tony nominee Stark Sands ("Journey's End") takes on the role of Clyde with Tony nominee Frank Wildhorn ("The Civil War") providing music and lyrics by Tony winner Don Black ("Sunset Boulevard").

If nothing else about this incarnation upsets Dunaway, that last name will surely stir up bad memories as she was let go from the L.A. production of that tuner in 1994 when composer Andrew Lloyd Webber was unsure she could sing the songs of over-the-top diva Norma Desmond. Today, Faye Dunaway could certainly act the part.

Photos: Associated Press, Warner Bros.

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