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Also Known As: Annette Francine Bening Died:
Born: May 29, 1958 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Topeka, Kansas, USA Profession: actor, dancer, secretary, teacher, cook

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Revered by film directors for her ability to take characters into deep, unexpected, emotional places, Annette Bening was a Tony-nominated stage actress before parlaying her dramatic intensity into award-worthy film performances. Early in her movie career, she made an impression as a wise-beyond-her-years sex kitten in "The Grifters" (1990) before exploding onto the scene as sultry mob moll, Virginia Hill, in the biopic, "Bugsy" (1991). And though she never lost that sly, brainy, sex appeal, she became more often associated with complex, professional women on the verge of self-destruction in darkly humorous dramas like "American Beauty" (1999), "Being Julia" (2004) and "Running with Scissors" (2006). The A-list leading actress managed to maintain a solid output of well-received films by limiting herself to just one carefully chosen project per year, and retreating for extended periods into her very private family life with actor and director Warren Beatty and the couple's four children. The formula would prove to be successful, with critically lauded performances in select films like "The Kids Are All Right" (2010), reminding critics and audiences alike that the supremely talented Ms. Bening was an...

Revered by film directors for her ability to take characters into deep, unexpected, emotional places, Annette Bening was a Tony-nominated stage actress before parlaying her dramatic intensity into award-worthy film performances. Early in her movie career, she made an impression as a wise-beyond-her-years sex kitten in "The Grifters" (1990) before exploding onto the scene as sultry mob moll, Virginia Hill, in the biopic, "Bugsy" (1991). And though she never lost that sly, brainy, sex appeal, she became more often associated with complex, professional women on the verge of self-destruction in darkly humorous dramas like "American Beauty" (1999), "Being Julia" (2004) and "Running with Scissors" (2006). The A-list leading actress managed to maintain a solid output of well-received films by limiting herself to just one carefully chosen project per year, and retreating for extended periods into her very private family life with actor and director Warren Beatty and the couple's four children. The formula would prove to be successful, with critically lauded performances in select films like "The Kids Are All Right" (2010), reminding critics and audiences alike that the supremely talented Ms. Bening was an actor still very much in demand and at the top of her game.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Girl Most Likely (2013)
3.
 Yogawoman (2012)
4.
 Ginger & Rosa (2012)
5.
 Ruby Sparks (2012)
7.
 920 Sacramento (2010)
8.
 Poliwood (2009)
9.
 Mother and Child (2009)
10.
 The Women (2008)
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Raised in Wichita, KS until age seven
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Family moved to San Diego, CA in mid-1960s
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Spent year working as a cook on a charter scuba-diving boat at age 17 before college
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Landed first professional job as a dancer in "The Green Show" at San Diego's famed Old Globe Theatre
1980:
Performed with Colorado Shakespeare Festival
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Apprenticed with American Conservatory Theater
1985:
Performed with Denver Center Theater Company
1986:
Moved to New York City
1986:
Made TV movie debut in "Manhunt for Claude Dallas" (CBS)
1986:
Made off-Broadway stage debut as Holly Dancer in Tina Howe's widely acclaimed "Coastal Disturbances"
1987:
Received Tony nomination for Broadway debut in "Coastal Disturbances"
1987:
Landed guest spots on episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC) and "Wiseguy" (CBS)
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Moved to Los Angeles
1988:
Made feature film debut as Dan Aykroyd's wife in "The Great Outdoors"
1988:
Played a Central Park Zookeeper in off-Broadway production of Michael Weller's "Spoils of War"
1989:
Landed first leading role as manipulative and seductive Marquise de Merteuil in Milos Forman's "Valmont"
1990:
Offered strong turn as a ditsy wannabe actress in Mike Nichols' "Postcards From the Edge"
1990:
Delivered brilliant portrayal as bubbly and treacherous con-artist Myra Langtry in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters"
1991:
Garnered further acclaim in "Regarding Henry," re-teaming with director Mike Nichols
1991:
Met future husband Warren Beatty while co-starring in Barry Levinson's "Bugsy"
1994:
Re-teamed with Beatty for "Love Affair," a pallid remake of 1939 film of the same name and "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
1995:
Co-starred with Michael Douglas in Rob Reiner's "The American President"
1996:
Played Jack Nicholson's wife in Tim Burton's blockbuster spoof "Mars Attacks!"
1998:
Appeared with Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis in Edward Zwick's "The Siege"
1998:
Returned to the stage after a decade as Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" at the Geffen Playhouse
1999:
Played the shrewish, status-seeking wife of a man undergoing a mid-life crisis in "American Beauty," the feature film debut for writer Alan Ball and director Sam Mendes
2000:
Co-starred with Garry Shandling in Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"; third collaboration with Nichols
2002:
Voiced Abigail Adams on short-lived PBS animated series "Liberty's Kids"
2003:
Starred opposite director Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in Western epic "Open Range"
2004:
Portrayed an aging 1930s British actress in "Being Julia," based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel <i>Theatre</i>
2006:
Portrayed title role in "Mrs. Harris" (HBO)
2006:
Played author's unstable mother in film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors"
2008:
Played the editor of a prominent fashion magazine in Diane English's female ensemble "The Women," a remake of Clare Boothe Luce's 1936 play
2010:
Co-starred in Rodrigo GarcĂ­a's independent feature "Mother and Child"
2010:
Co-starred with Julianne Moore as lesbian partners in "The Kids Are All Right," about two children conceived by artificial insemination who invite their birth father (Mark Ruffalo) into their home
2012:
Played Paul Dano's free-spirited mother in fantasy romance "Ruby Sparks"
2012:
Co-starred with Elle Fanning and Annette Bening in 1960s drama "Ginger & Rosa"
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Education

Patrick Henry High School: San Diego , California -
San Diego Mesa College: San Diego , California -
San Francisco State University: San Francisco , California -
American Conservatory Theatre: San Francisco , California -

Notes

About her nomination for an Oscar and winner Whoopi Goldberg taking all the unsuccessful nominees to dinner: "We got together before the ceremony and we said, 'Let's get together next week and whoever wins, pays.' I was working on 'Bugsy' at the time and I got a big bouquet of flowers in my trailer from Whoopi. She did it all so well. The card said, 'Meet at such-and-such restaurant.' Whoopi's great. So Mary McDonnell, who had done 'Dances with Wolves', and Diane Ladd, who was in 'Rambling Rose', and I had dinner with her. She gave us little chocolate Oscars and gardenias. So classy."---Annette Bening to Movieline, December 1994.

"It's the essence of stardom. Bening is good at creating that little bit of mystery which keeps people leaning in."---critic Richard Schickel quoted in the Los Angeles Times Magazine, February 21, 1999.

"I knew all about Warren's reputation as a ladies' man," says Bening, "but that was never an issue. I did not start a relationship with him on the basis that it was going to end quickly. It started because I fell in love with him."---Bening to SAGA Magazine, March 2004.

"She's one of my favorite kind of actors, who really understands that the role she is playing is not her. She's not afraid to go places that might be a little crazy or a little off. I think she enjoys playing women who are on the edge, because she is so not like that in her real life."---Alan Ball, Bening's director for "American Beauty" to EW, October 22, 2004.

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companion:
Ned Bellamy. Actor. Dated in college; co-founder of the Actors' Gang.
husband:
J Steven White. Theater director. Married in 1984; divorced in 1991; former director of the American Conservatory Theatre; also a noted fight choreographer; met Bening when he was directing her in 1981 production of "Romeo and Juliet".
companion:
Andrew Lack. Executive. Worked at NBC News; dated; no longer together.
companion:
Ed Begley Jr. Actor. Dated briefly.
husband:
Warren Beatty. Actor, director, producer. Married c. February 1992; couple deliberately kept exact date and place of wedding secret.
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father:
A Grant Bening. Retired insurance salesman.
mother:
Shirley Bening. Church singer.
sister-in-law:
Shirley MacLaine. Actor.
daughter:
Kathlyn Elizabeth Bening Beatty. Born on January 8, 1992 by Caesarean section; father, Warren Beatty.
son:
Benjamin Beatty. Born on August 23, 1994; father, Warren Beatty.
daughter:
Isabel Ira Ashley Beatty. Born on January 11, 1997; father, Warren Beatty.
daughter:
Ella Corinne Beatty. Born on April 8, 2000; father, Warren Beatty.
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