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Annette Bening Biography and Filmography
Annette Bening
Birthday: May 29, 1958
Birth Place: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Height: 5' 8"
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Although some of her recognition may stem from her 1992 marriage to Warren Beatty, Annette Bening has established herself as an actress capable of far more than domesticating one of Hollywood's most notorious playboys. After winning raves for her role in 1990's The Grifters, Bening turned in a series of strong performances in films ranging from The American President to Richard III to American Beauty.Born in Topeka, Kansas, on May 29, 1958, Bening moved with her family to San Diego, California when she was very young. It was there that she began to pursue her career, first as a dancer in various productions at a local college. Eventually graduating from San Francisco University (an education she paid for by working as a cook on a charter boat), Bening acted with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre before moving to New York to further her stage experience. Her career in New York had its auspicious moments, such as winning a Tony Award nomination and a Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Debut Performance for her performance in Coastal Disturbances, but Bening endured a five-year struggle before breaking into film.She made her debut as Dan Aykroyd's irritable wife in The Great Outdoors in 1988; more substantial work followed in the form of Milos Forman's Valmont, a 1989 adaptation of Chodleros de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses that featured Bening as the scheming, manipulative Marquise de Merteuil. The film suffered in comparison to Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons, which had been released the previous year; fortunately, the same couldn't be said of Bening's next major effort, 1990's The Grifters. Frears's gripping, stylish adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel of the same name, The Grifters met with almost unanimous critical acclaim, much of which was aimed at the performances of Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, and Bening as the film's protagonists. Bening won special praise for her portrayal of an ill-fated con artist, accruing Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Academy, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the British Academy.Her performance also won the attention of Warren Beatty, who was so impressed with her work that he cast her as his love interest in his 1991 Bugsy. Although the film proved a relative disappointment, it did result in both a Golden Globe nomination for Bening and a 1992 marriage for her and Beatty. The two could be seen collaborating again onscreen two years later in Love Affair, a remake of the 1957 An Affair to Remember. Unfortunately, the film fared poorly, both at the box office and at the hands of disapproving critics. Bening had more luck with her subsequent role as Michael Douglas' presidential love interest in Rob Reiner's The American President (1995), and then went on to explore politics of a different sort with Richard Loncraine's 1996 adaptation of Richard III. Her starring turn as the embattled Queen Elizabeth drew praise, and the attention she garnered for her performance helped to lighten the load of antipathy directed toward Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, the actress' other film that year.Following lead roles in 1998's underperforming The Siege and 1999's ill-fated In Dreams, Bening could be seen in American Beauty (also 1999) as Kevin Spacey's status-obsessed, control-freak wife. As part of the film's superb ensemble cast, which also featured Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari, the actress won praise for her work, and the added distinction of being part of what many hailed as one of the best films of the year. Her first Best Actress Oscar nomination followed, although Bening's near-lock on the award was stolen away from her by Hilary Swank, a newcomer almost as auspicious as she once was.Adding insult to injury, Bening lost the Oscar at the same time she could be seen in theaters alongside Garry Shandling in the much-derided sci-fi comedy What Planet Are You From? Perhaps as a result of this — or due to her decision to spend more time with her four children — the actress chose her parts very carefully in the coming years. She re-emerged in a leading role in 2003 opposite Kevin Costner in the sleeper-hit western Open Range, and followed that comeback with a triumphant diva turn as the title character in Being Julia, an adaptation of M. Somerset Maugham's back-stabbing, backstage comic melodrama Theater. Though little-seen, the film garnered immense praise for Bening — including a Best Actress nod from the National Board of Review — and an eventual Best Actress Oscar nomination. However, in a moment of Hollywood irony that echoed both her character's situation in Being Julia and the fate of the 2000 awards ceremony, Bening was denied the award in favor of Hilary Swank's tour-de-force as a doomed boxer in Oscar favorite Million Dollar Baby.
A Woman of No Importance (2007)
[ Lindsay Lohan ][ Annette Benning ]
A Hole in the Earth (2006)
[ Annette Benning ][ Erika Christensen ]
Dirty Tricks (2006)
[ Gwyneth Paltrow ][ Meryl Streep ][ Annette Benning ]
Running with Scissors (2006)
[ Gwyneth Paltrow ][ Evan Rachel Wood ][ Annette Benning ][ Gabrielle Union ][ Colleen Camp ]
Mrs. Harris (2005)
[ Chloe Sevigny ][ Annette Benning ][ Ellen Burstyn ][ Mary McDonnell ][ Cloris Leachman ]
Being Julia (2004)
[ Annette Benning ][ Rosemary Harris ][ Miriam Margolyes ][ Juliet Stevenson ][ Marsha Fitzalan ]
Open Range (2003)
[ Annette Benning ][ Barbara Harris ]
What Planet Are You From? (2000)
[ Janeane Garofalo ][ Annette Benning ][ Linda Fiorentino ][ Sarah Silverman ][ Judy Greer ]
American Beauty (1999)
[ Thora Birch ][ Mena Suvari ][ Annette Benning ][ Allison Janney ][ Paula Abdul ]
In Dreams (1999)
[ Annette Benning ]
The Siege (1998)
[ Annette Benning ][ E Katherine Kerr ]
Mars Attacks! (1996)
[ Natalie Portman ][ Sarah Jessica Parker ][ Christina Applegate ][ Annette Benning ][ Glenn Close ]
The American President (1995)
[ Annette Benning ][ Wendie Malick ][ Nina Siemaszko ][ Shawna Waldron ][ Leslie Bega ]
Richard III (1995)
[ Maggie Smith ][ Annette Benning ][ Kristin Scott-Thomas ][ Jolijn Spek ]
Love Affair (1994)
[ Annette Benning ][ Kate Capshaw ][ Carey Lowell ][ Lisa Edelstein ][ Wendie Jo Sperber ]
Bugsy (1991)
[ Annette Benning ][ Bebe Neuwirth ][ Wendie Malick ][ Debrah Farentino ][ Traci Lind ]
Regarding Henry (1991)
[ Annette Benning ]
Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
[ Annette Benning ][ Illeana Douglas ][ Roxanne Biggs-Dawson ][ Patricia Wettig ][ Penny Ellington ]
The Grifters (1990)
[ Annette Benning ][ Angelica Huston ][ Juliet Landau ]
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
[ Meryl Streep ][ Annette Benning ][ Shirley McLaine ][ CCH Pounder ][ Mary Wickes ]
Valmont (1989)
[ Fairuza Balk ][ Annette Benning ][ Meg Tilly ][ Isla Blair ]
The Great Outdoors (1988)
[ Annette Benning ]
Hostage (1988)
[ Annette Benning ][ Carol Burnett ]
Manhunt for Claude Dallas (1986)
[ Annette Benning ]
  • Children with Warren Beatty: Kathlyn (1992), Benjamin (1994), Isabel (1997), Ella Corinne (8 April 2000).
  • Publicly criticized Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2000 bid for a seat in the Senate representing New York as the work of an opportunist.
  • Studied at San Diego Mesa College, and completed her drama degree at San Francisco State University. Studied at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater and joined its acting company.
  • Nominated for a Tony for "Coastal Disturbances" in 1987.
  • High School: Patrick Henry High, San Diego, CA. Parents Live in San Diego. Two brothers, Brad and Byron Bening, and one sister. She is the youngest.
  • Annette was a very shy girl when growing up, however she was very sincere and very friendly. Also very outgoing. She has been married once before. She struggled in Hollywood for about five years before finally getting a break. She was a drama student at Patrick Henry High School.
  • Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1990" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 42. [1990]
  • Was the first choice to play the role of Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty (1999).
  • At the The 63rd Annual Academy Awards (1991) (TV), host Billy Crystal introduced Bening by saying, "She'll soon be appearing as none other than Catwoman in Batman Returns (1992)", a part that the studio gave to Michelle Pfeiffer when Bening became pregnant.
  • Sister-in-law of actress/producer/director/writer Shirley MacLaine.
  • Aunt of actress Sachi Parker.
  • Measurements: 34-25-35 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
  • Was three times a real estate agent: in Regarding Henry (1991), American Beauty (1999) and What Planet Are You From? (2000).
  • Appeared on "The Sopranos" (1999) as herself and was married to actor John Heard in the episode.
  • She said that her idols are Helen Mirren, Frances McDormand, Liv Ullmann, and Ingrid Bergman.
  • Has appeared in three different Mike Nichols films. They are Postcards from the Edge (1990), Regarding Henry (1991) and What Planet Are You From? (2000).
  • Was the subject of an urban legend claiming that she had been the model for the Columbia Pictures logo. This rumor was untrue but so widespread that Bening, herself, told Roger Ebert that she believed it to be true.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's a 1987 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Coastal Disturbances."
  • Hired to play the romantic lead in the sitcom "Just In Time". After the first table read, the producers fired her saying they "wanted to move the character in a new direction". She was replaced by Patricia Kalember.
  • During an early part of her career in New York, she auditioned for a part on the soap opera "Loving". A screen-test was offered, and after thinking about it, she declined to pursue the matter.
  • Formerly a board member of the small L.A. theater company "The Actors' Gang."
  • Shortly after Bugsy wrapped up production Anette learned she was pregnant with hers and Warren's daughter Kathlyn.

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