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Also Known As: Henry Warren Beaty Died:
Born: March 30, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Richmond, Virginia, USA Profession: actor, director, producer, screenwriter, cocktail lounge pianist, rat catcher (in a Virginia movie theater), construction worker

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Though his romantic adventures as the womanizer du-jour for over four decades occasionally overshadowed his creative endeavors, star Warren Beatty was an actor and Academy Award-winning director and writer who starred in and made some of the most ambitious and influential films of the 1960s on through the 1990s. His list of credits may have come up shorter than some of his more celebrated peers, but few could boast such films as "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), "Shampoo" (1975), "Reds" (1981) and "Bugsy" (1991) as their own. In truth, his list of romantic conquests probably exceeded his film credits, with the likes of Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Carly Simon, Madonna, Diane Sawyer, Natalie Wood, Cher, Julie Christie and Michelle Phillips all making the rounds with Beatty. But ultimately it was actress Annette Bening who tamed the wild man and claimed him as her husband after meeting on the set of "Bugsy." Beatty settled down into marriage shortly after, while his career eased to a crawl after directing and starring in the political satire, "Bulworth" (1998). After the disastrous flop "Town & Country" (2001), Beatty retreated from filmmaking altogether, seemingly content with...

Though his romantic adventures as the womanizer du-jour for over four decades occasionally overshadowed his creative endeavors, star Warren Beatty was an actor and Academy Award-winning director and writer who starred in and made some of the most ambitious and influential films of the 1960s on through the 1990s. His list of credits may have come up shorter than some of his more celebrated peers, but few could boast such films as "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), "McCabe and Mrs. Miller" (1971), "Shampoo" (1975), "Reds" (1981) and "Bugsy" (1991) as their own. In truth, his list of romantic conquests probably exceeded his film credits, with the likes of Jane Fonda, Diane Keaton, Carly Simon, Madonna, Diane Sawyer, Natalie Wood, Cher, Julie Christie and Michelle Phillips all making the rounds with Beatty. But ultimately it was actress Annette Bening who tamed the wild man and claimed him as her husband after meeting on the set of "Bugsy." Beatty settled down into marriage shortly after, while his career eased to a crawl after directing and starring in the political satire, "Bulworth" (1998). After the disastrous flop "Town & Country" (2001), Beatty retreated from filmmaking altogether, seemingly content with watching Bening earn accolades for one stellar performance after another. His deep involvement in liberal politics sparked rumors of a run for office - governor or perhaps even president - but Beatty always brushed aside such talk. It was, in fact, a return to filmmaking that excited his fans the most, as Beatty held out hope for a highly-anticipated return.

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DIRECTOR:

2.
  Bulworth (1998) Director
3.
  Dick Tracy (1990) Director
4.
  Reds (1981) Director
5.
  Heaven Can Wait (1978) Director

CAST: (feature film)

3.
 Town & Country (2001) Porter Stoddard
4.
 Book That Wrote Itself, The (2001) (Cameo Appearance)
5.
 Forever Hollywood (1999) Himself
6.
 Bulworth (1998) Jay Bulworth
7.
 Love Affair (1994) Mike Gambril
8.
 Truth Or Dare (1991) Himself
9.
 Bugsy (1991) Bugsy Siegel
10.
 Dick Tracy (1990) Dick Tracy
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Raised in Virginia
1959:
TV series debut, "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (CBS); pulled after three episodes by his agent
1960:
Broadway debut in William Inge's "A Loss of Roses"; garnered a best actor Tony Award nomination; was his only appearance on the Broadway stage
1961:
Made film debut under Elia Kazan's direction and opposite Natalie Wood in "Splendor in the Grass"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
1962:
Cast opposite Angela Lansbury and Eva Marie Saint in John Frankenheimer's "All Fall Down"
1967:
First film as producer, "Bonnie and Clyde"; also co-starred with Faye Dunaway; film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor
1971:
First film with Goldie Hawn, the caper film "$"
1971:
Co-starred with off-screen companion Julie Christie in Robert Altman's "McCabe & Mrs. Miller"
1974:
Starred (also produced) in Alan J. Pakula's political thriller "The Parallax View"
1975:
Teamed with Jack Nicholson and Stockard Channing in Mike Nichols' "The Fortune"
1975:
First film as co-writer (with Robert Towne), "Shampoo"; also produced and acted; re-teamed Beatty with Hawn and Christie; garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay
1978:
First film directing (co-directed with Buck Henry), "Heaven Can Wait"; also co-wrote (with Elaine May), produced and co-starred; third collaboration with Julie Christie; film nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Director and Best Screenplay
1981:
Earned first Academy Award as Best Director for his epic love story "Reds"; also produced, co-wrote and starred as John Reed opposite Diane Keaton's Louise Bryant; film received 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay
1987:
Returned to films after a six year hiatus to co-star with Dustin Hoffman in the critically panned, "Ishtar"; regarded as one of the biggest box office bombs in film history
1990:
Produced, directed and played the title role as the comic strip character "Dick Tracy"; film received seven Academy Award nominations
1991:
Appeared in then off-screen love Madonna's documentary, "Madonna: Truth or Dare"
1991:
Portrayed real-life gangster Bugsy Siegel in the critically acclaimed biopic "Bugsy"; co-starred with future wife Annette Bening; also produced; earned a Best Actor Oscar nomination
1994:
Starred opposite off-screen love, Annette Bening in the remake of "Love Affair"; also co-write and produced
1998:
Directed and starred in the political satire "Bullworth"; also co-wrote and co-produced; garnered a Best Screenplay Academy Award nomination
2001:
Appeared in last film to date, "Town and Country"; re-teamed Beatty with Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn
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Education

Washington-Lee High School: Arlington , Virginia -
Northwestern University: Evanston , Illinois -
Stella Adler's Conservatory of Acting: New York , New York - 1957

Notes

He was named as the Harvard Hasty Pudding Man of the Year in 1975.

"Beatty may not have had Brando's fire, or Dean's ethereality, or Gable's gruff machismo, but he had humor, athletic grace, and something, in quantity, that all the great ones have had: mystery. Looks and talent will take you a long way in Hollywood, but if you seem to withhold some crucial part of yourself--whether it exists or not--you may enter the pantheon at will. Add salient sexuality and the mixture becomes combustible." --James Kaplan in Entertainment WeeklY December 20, 1991.

"The legend began early. The columns began toting up the women Beatty kept company with--Natalie Wood, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, just to name some early brunets--and the public took notice. The men of Hollywood, who respect such things, had already noticed. (His catch phone-phrase to women--"What's new, pussycat?"--became a movie title and song.)" --From Entertainment Weekly, December 20, 1991.

"The only man to get to the mirror faster than me." --former fiancee Joan Collins

Named a Commander of the French Order of Arts and Letters in 1992.

"Prior to meeting Bening, Beatty has been quoted as saying to ["Bugsy" director], Barry Levinson, 'The thing about Bugsy Siegel ... he was very promiscuous throughout his life, until he met Virginia Hill [the role Bening was to play] ... When they got together, he never went after another woman ... He found someone who accepted him for what he was.'" --From an interview with Dominick Dunne in Vanity Fair, September 1994.

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companion:
Joan Collins. Actor. Together from the late 1950s to c. 1961; were engaged when Beatty began affair with Natalie Wood.
companion:
Natalie Wood. Actor. Had affair during making of "Splendor in the Grass".
companion:
Julie Christie. Actor. Together in the 1970s; no longer together; acted together in "McCabe & Mrs. Miller", "Shampoo" and "Heaven Can Wait".
companion:
Michelle Phillips. Singer, actor.
companion:
Diane Sawyer. TV news anchor.
companion:
Diane Keaton. Actor. Dated in the early 1980s around the time of the making of "Reds"; no longer together.
companion:
Isabelle Adjani. Actor.
companion:
Madonna. Singer; actor. Dated in the late 1980s, early 1990s; no longer together.
wife:
Annette Bening. Actor. Met during filming of "Bugsy"; married on March 12, 1992; mother of Beatty's children.
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father:
Ira O Beaty. Professor. Taught psychology; also served as superintendent of Richmond High School in Richmond, Virginia; died c. 1987.
mother:
Kathlyn Beaty. Teacher. Died c. 1994.
sister:
Shirley MacLaine. Actor. Born on April 24, 1934.
daughter:
Kathlyn Elizabeth Bening Beatty. Born on January 8, 1992; mother, Annette Bening; born by Caesarean section.
son:
Benjamin Beatty. Born on August 23, 1994; mother, Annette Bening.
daughter:
Isabel Ira Ashley Beatty. Born on January 11, 1997; mother, Annette Bening.
daughter:
Ella Corinne Beatty. Born on April 8, 2000; mother, Annette Bening.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Shirley and Warren" Macmillan

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