Kathlyn Bening Beatty
American Conservatory Theatre
Patrick Henry High School
San Francisco State University
San Diego Mesa College
Played Paul Dano's free-spirited mother in fantasy romance "Ruby Sparks"
Co-starred with Elle Fanning and Annette Bening in 1960s drama "Ginger & Rosa"
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
Co-starred in Rodrigo García's independent feature "Mother and Child"
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
Played author's unstable mother in film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs' "Running With Scissors"
Portrayed title role in "Mrs. Harris" (HBO)
Portrayed an aging 1930s British actress in "Being Julia," based on W. Somerset Maugham's novel Theatre
Starred opposite director Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall in Western epic "Open Range"
Voiced Abigail Adams on short-lived PBS animated series "Liberty's Kids"
Co-starred with Garry Shandling in Mike Nichols' "What Planet Are You From?"; third collaboration with Nichols
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
Returned to the stage after a decade as Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" at the Geffen Playhouse
Appeared with Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis in Edward Zwick's "The Siege"
Played Jack Nicholson's wife in Tim Burton's blockbuster spoof "Mars Attacks!"
Co-starred with Michael Douglas in Rob Reiner's "The American President"
Re-teamed with Beatty for "Love Affair," a pallid remake of 1939 film of the same name and "An Affair to Remember" (1957)
Met future husband Warren Beatty while co-starring in Barry Levinson's "Bugsy"
Garnered further acclaim in "Regarding Henry," re-teaming with director Mike Nichols
Delivered brilliant portrayal as bubbly and treacherous con-artist Myra Langtry in Stephen Frears' "The Grifters"
Offered strong turn as a ditsy wannabe actress in Mike Nichols' "Postcards From the Edge"
Landed first leading role as manipulative and seductive Marquise de Merteuil in Milos Forman's "Valmont"
Played a Central Park Zookeeper in off-Broadway production of Michael Weller's "Spoils of War"
Made feature film debut as Dan Aykroyd's wife in "The Great Outdoors"
Received Tony nomination for Broadway debut in "Coastal Disturbances"
Landed guest spots on episodes of "Miami Vice" (NBC) and "Wiseguy" (CBS)
Made TV movie debut in "Manhunt for Claude Dallas" (CBS)
Made off-Broadway stage debut as Holly Dancer in Tina Howe's widely acclaimed "Coastal Disturbances"
Moved to New York City
Performed with Denver Center Theater Company
Performed with Colorado Shakespeare Festival
Landed first professional job as a dancer in "The Green Show" at San Diego's famed Old Globe Theatre
Apprenticed with American Conservatory Theater
Raised in Wichita, KS until age seven
Family moved to San Diego, CA in mid-1960s
Spent year working as a cook on a charter scuba-diving boat at age 17 before college
Moved to Los Angeles