Birth Date: May 29, 1958
Birth Place: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Height: 5' 8½"
Quote: "The movie business is tough. It's driven by economics and economics are about trying to get a lot of people into the theater. That's the reality of the business, the culture we're in."
Annette Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children. Her family moved to California when she was young and raised her there. She graduated from San Francisco University and began her acting career with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, eventually moving to New York where she acted on the stage (including a Tony-award nomination in 1987 for her work in the Broadway play "Coastal Disturbances") and got her first film roles in a few TV movies.
As is so often the case, her first big-screen role was in a forgettable movie, this one the 1988 Dan Aykroyd vehicle The Great Outdoors (1988). However, her next work on-screen was in Milos Forman's Valmont (1989), a film adaptation of de Laclos's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." Unfortunately, de Laclos's story had also just served as the source of a more Hollywoodized and successful movie version, Dangerous Liaisons (1988), which had been released the previous year, and Foreman's treatment went almost unnoticed.
Bening's career turned an important corner the following year when she co-starred with Anjelica Huston and John Cusack in Stephen Frears's powerful, entertaining screen adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel The Grifters (1990), and her artful turn as a con artist gained her the first of several Academy award nominations. On the strength of this performance Warren Beatty cast Bening as Virginia Hill, Bugsy Siegel's fiery actress moll, in his Bugsy (1991), the story of Siegel's founding of Las Vegas. Although the movie itself did not fare well, it resulted in a relationship with Beatty which led to Bening's pregnancy and then her marriage to Beatty in 1992 - it was the second marriage for Bening, who had been separated from her first husband since 1986 but did not finalize her divorce until 1991. The couple then collaborated on the extravagant flop Love Affair (1994), though the next year her career rebounded with her turn as Queen Elizabeth in the highly-regarded 1995 production of Richard III (1995). Notable performances have since included an obsessive, pushy real estate agent in American Beauty (1999), and as the eponymous character in István Szabó's screen adaptation of the Maugham novel Being Julia (2004) - both were duly noted by the Academy, with Oscar nominations.
Bening is still married to Warren Beatty and has four children with him, Kathlyn (b. 1992), Benjamin (b. 1994), Isabel (b. 1997), Ella Corinne (b. 2000).
Annette Bening Filmography
Dirty Tricks (2006) .... Helen Thomas
A Hole in the Earth (2006) .... Elizabeth
A Woman of No Importance (2007)
Bee Movie (2007)
Running with Scissors (2006) .... Deirdre Burroughs
Mrs. Harris (2005) .... Jean Harris
Being Julia (2004) .... Julia Lambert
... aka Csodálatos Júlia (Hungary)
Open Range (2003) .... Sue Barlow
"Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776" (2002) TV Series (voice) .... Abigail Adams
What Planet Are You From? (2000) .... Susan Anderson
American Beauty (1999) .... Carolyn Burnham
In Dreams (1999) .... Claire Cooper
The Siege (1998/I) .... Elise Kraft/Sharon Bridger
Mars Attacks! (1996) .... Barbara Land
The American President (1995) .... Sydney Ellen Wade
Richard III (1995) .... Queen Elizabeth
Love Affair (1994) .... Terry McKay
Bugsy (1991) .... Virginia Hill
Regarding Henry (1991) .... Sarah Turner
Guilty by Suspicion (1991) .... Ruth Merrill
... aka Liste noire, La (France)
The Grifters (1990) .... Myra Langtry
Postcards from the Edge (1990) .... Evelyn Ames
Valmont (1989) .... Merteuil
The Great Outdoors (1988) .... Kate Craig
Hostage (1988) (TV) .... Jill
... aka Against Her Will
- One on One (1987) TV Episode .... Karen Leland
- Red Tape (1987) TV Episode .... Vicky
Manhunt for Claude Dallas (1986) (TV) .... Ann Tillman
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