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Annette Bening

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Annette Bening (born May 29 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, USA) is an American actress.


Bening's family moved to San Diego, California in 1965. In junior high, she played the lead in The Sound of Music. She finished high school in three years and attended San Diego Mesa College. She completed her drama degree at San Francisco State University. Bening then studied at San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, and joined its acting company. In 1985, she moved to New York where she was nominated for a Tony Award for her debut performance in Coastal Disturbances. However, she endured a five-year struggle before breaking into film.

Her first film was Manhunt for Claude Dallas, a made-for-TV movie which came out in 1986. Her first major feature film role was in The Great Outdoors (1988). She garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Grifters (1990) and Best Actress in a Leading Role for American Beauty (1999).

In 1991, Bening was offered a role as the Catwoman in the movie Batman Returns (1992). However, she chose to be pregnant, and the role went to Michelle Pfeiffer.

Bening met actor Warren Beatty on the set of the film Bugsy (1991) and the two started a secret romance. On March 12, 1992, she married Beatty. The couple has four children.

In 2005, Bening won the Golden Globe for best actress in a comedy playing a 1930s stage actress in a mid-career crisis in Being Julia (2004).

Bening played a real-estate agent in three different movies: American Beauty, Regarding Henry and What Planet Are You From?

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