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Life after Oscar

Life after Oscar -- After winning the big one, Faye Dunaway, Paul Lukas, Rob Steiger, and others find it can be hard to keep the momentum

Glamorous and exhausted, Faye Dunaway in 1977 contemplated the Best Actress statuette she had won the previous night for her portrayal of a heartless TV programmer in Network. Asked by photographer Terry O’Neill (who would later become her second husband) to pose by the pool of the Beverly Hills Hotel at 6:30 a.m., she lounged in the bathrobe she wore in Chinatown. Looking back on the photo, Dunaway called it a ”shot that captures the essence of Hollywood.”
* And what a double-edged essence it is: For Dunaway, as for many others, the Oscar was the high-water mark of her career — she has yet to be nominated again. Others who have never flirted with Oscar after winning him once include:
* Paul Lukas, for his anti-Nazi German in Lillian Hellman’s Watch on the Rhine (1943)
* Ernest Borgnine, a lonely butcher in Marty (1955)
* Yul Brynner, repeating his Broadway triumph as the arrogant Siamese monarch in The King and I (1956)
* David Niven, portraying a fake British war hero in Separate Tables (1958)
* Rod Steiger, for his gum-cracking role as a redneck sheriff in In the Heat of the Night (1967)
* Cliff Robertson, in the role of an imbecile- turned-genius-turned-imbecile in Charly (1968)
* Louise Fletcher, as the tyrannical nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)
* F. Murray Abraham, as Mozart’s rival in Amadeus (1984)
* Marlee Matlin, who in her debut film role played a troubled deaf woman in Children of a Lesser God (1987).