Annette Bening

Actor, Dancer, Teacher
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/29/1958 in Topeka, Kansas, USA

Filmography

Actor (61)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

Mary Sinclair (Actor)

Danny Collins 2015 (Movie)

Mary Sinclair (Actor)

The Face of Love 2014 (Movie)

Nikki Lostrom (Actor)

The Search 2014 (Movie)

Helen (Actor)

Ginger and Rosa 2013 (Movie)

Bella (Actor)

Girl Most Likely 2013 (Movie)

Zelda (Actor)

Ruby Sparks 2012 (Movie)

Gertrude (Actor)

Yogawoman 2012 (Movie)

(Narrator)

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Mother and Child 2010 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

The Kids Are All Right 2010 (Movie)

Nic (Actor)

The Women 2008 (Movie)

Sylvie Fowler (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Fourteen Women 2006 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Running with Scissors 2006 (Movie)

Deirdre Burroughs (Actor)

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Tsunami Aid: A Concert of Hope 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Being Julia 2004 (Movie)

Julia Lambert (Actor)

Open Range 2003 (Movie)

Sue Barlow (Actor)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

What Planet Are You From? 2000 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

American Beauty 1999 (Movie)

Carolyn Burnham (Actor)

In Dreams 1999 (Movie)

Claire Cooper (Actor)

The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Book That Wrote Itself 1999 (Movie)

(cameo appearance) (Actor)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Siege 1998 (Movie)

Elise Kraft (Actor)

Mars Attacks! 1996 (Movie)

Barbara Land (Actor)

The Barbara Walters Special (03/25/96) 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Richard III 1995 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

The 67th Annual Academy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The American President 1995 (Movie)

Sidney Ellen Wade (Actor)

Love Affair 1994 (Movie)

Terry McKay (Actor)

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bugsy 1991 (Movie)

Virginia Hill (Actor)

Guilty By Suspicion 1991 (Movie)

Ruth Merrill (Actor)

Regarding Henry 1991 (Movie)

Sarah Turner (Actor)

Milos Forman: Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Postcards From the Edge 1990 (Movie)

Evelyn Ames (Actor)

The Grifters 1990 (Movie)

Myra Langtry (Actor)

Valmont 1989 (Movie)

Marquise DeMerteuil (Actor)

Hostage 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Outdoors 1988 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

The 41st Annual Tony Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Liberty Kids (TV Show)

Voice

Manhunt For Claude Dallas (TV Show)

Actor

Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

Actor

Poliwood (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Warren Beatty Actor

Husband
Met during filming of "Bugsy" (1991) Married March 12, 1992

Ella Beatty

Daughter
Born April 8, 2000; father, Warren Beatty

Isabel Beatty

Daughter
Born Jan. 11, 1997; father, Warren Beatty

Benjamin Beatty

Son
Born Aug. 23, 1994; father, Warren Beatty

Ed Begley Jr. Actor

Companion
Briefly dated No longer together

Ned Bellamy Actor

Companion
Dated in college

A. Bening

Father

Shirley Bening

Mother

Bradley Bening

Brother
Born in 1955

Byron Bening

Brother
Born in 1957

Jane Bening

Sister
Born in 1953

Kathlyn Bening Beatty

Daughter
Born Jan. 8, 1992; father, Warren Beatty

Andrew Lack Executive Producer

Companion
No longer together

Shirley MacLaine Actor

Sister-In-Law

J. White

Husband
Former director of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, CA Met when White directed Bening in 1981 production of "Romeo and Juliet" Married May 26, 1984 Divorced in 1991

EDUCATION

American Conservatory Theatre

San Francisco , California
Studied in a three-year program

Patrick Henry High School

San Diego , California
Graduated in three years; participated in an intensive theater program

San Francisco State University

San Francisco , California

San Diego Mesa College

San Diego , California
A two-year institution with a first-rate theater program

Milestones

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"

2010

Co-starred in Rodrigo García'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

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

2006

Portrayed title role in "Mrs. Harris" (HBO)

2006

Played author's unstable mother in film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors"

2004

Portrayed an aging 1930s British actress in "Being Julia," based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel Theatre

2003

Starred opposite director Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in Western epic "Open Range"

2002

Voiced Abigail Adams on short-lived PBS animated series "Liberty's Kids"

2000

Co-starred with Garry Shandling in Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"; third collaboration with Nichols

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

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

1996

Played Jack Nicholson's wife in Tim Burton's blockbuster spoof "Mars Attacks!"

1995

Co-starred with Michael Douglas in Rob Reiner's "The American President"

1994

Re-teamed with Beatty for "Love Affair," a pallid remake of 1939 film of the same name and "An Affair to Remember" (1957)

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"

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"

1989

Landed first leading role as manipulative and seductive Marquise de Merteuil in Milos Forman's "Valmont"

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"

1987

Landed guest spots on episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC) and "Wiseguy" (CBS)

1987

Received Tony nomination for Broadway debut in "Coastal Disturbances"

1986

Moved to New York City

1986

Made off-Broadway stage debut as Holly Dancer in Tina Howe's widely acclaimed "Coastal Disturbances"

1986

Made TV movie debut in "Manhunt for Claude Dallas" (CBS)

1985

Performed with Denver Center Theater Company

1980

Performed with Colorado Shakespeare Festival

Spent year working as a cook on a charter scuba-diving boat at age 17 before college

Family moved to San Diego, CA in mid-1960s

Apprenticed with American Conservatory Theater

Moved to Los Angeles

Raised in Wichita, KS until age seven

Landed first professional job as a dancer in "The Green Show" at San Diego's famed Old Globe Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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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." – Bening to Movieline Magazine, December 1994

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