Annette Bening Biography

Birthday: 1958-05-29
Place of Birth: Topeka, Kansas USA
Height: 5' 6½" (1.69 m)
Wiki Biography: 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 she grew up there. She graduated from San Francisco State 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. She was nominated for a Tony Award in 1987 for the Broadway play "Coastal Disturbances". As is often the case, her first big-screen role was in a forgettable movie, The Great Outdoors (1988), in which she had a minor role. Her second film was Milos Forman's Valmont (1989), a little-seen adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos's "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." 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 an Academy award nomination as Best Supporting Actress. Shortly thereafter, Warren Beatty cast Bening as Virginia Hill, Bugsy Siegel's fiery actress moll, in 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 and the first for Beatty. The couple then collaborated on the extravagant flop Love Affair (1994), though 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 the eponymous character in István Szabó's screen adaptation of the W. Somerset Maugham novel Being Julia (2004)-- both were duly noted by the Academy with Best Actress Oscar nominations. Bening has great poise and screen presence and, at her best, can turn in a very strong performance. Although her resume often features long stretches of mediocre productions before the next good part turns up, when it does, it proves worth the wait. Bening has four children with Beatty.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Great Outdoors Kate Craig 1988 Comedy
The Kids Are All Right Nic 2008 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Great Outdoors Kate Craig 1988
Valmont Merteuil 1989 Drama, Romance
Postcards from the Edge Evelyn Ames 1990 0
The Grifters Myra Langtry 1990 Comedy, 0
Guilty by Suspicion 1991 Drama, Thriller
Regarding Henry Sarah Turner 1991 Drama
Bugsy Virginia Hill 1991 Crime, Drama
Love Affair Terry McKay 1994 Drama, Romance, Comedy
Richard III Queen Elizabeth, wife of Edward IV 1995 Romance
The American President Sydney Ellen Wade 1995 Biography, 0
Mars Attacks! Barbara Land 1996 Action, Comedy, Fantasy
The Siege Elise Kraft 1998 Action, Crime, Drama
In Dreams 1999 Drama, Horror, Thriller
American Beauty Carolyn Burnham 1999 Drama
What Planet Are You From? Susan Anderson 2000 Sport, 0, 0
Open Range Sue Barlow 2003 Action, Romance
Being Julia Julia Lambert 2004 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Running with Scissors Deirdre Burroughs 2006 0
Mrs. Harris Jean Harris 2006 Drama, Thriller
The Women Sylvie Fowler 2008 Comedy, Drama
Mother and Child Karen 2009 0
The Kids Are All Right Nic 2010 Comedy, Drama
Girl Most Likely Zelda 2012 0, 0
Ruby Sparks Gertrude 2012 Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
The Face of Love Nikki 2013 Comedy, Drama, Romance
20th Century Women Dorothea Fields 2016 0