Annette Bening
Actress
Annette Bening
Annette Carol Bening is an American actress. Bening is a four-time Oscar nominee for her roles in The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia, and The Kids Are All Right, winning Golden Globe Awards for the latter two films.
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Dear Beyhive: Stop Whining. Beyonce Still Hasn't Earned Her Album Of The Year Grammy
Huffington Post - 11 days
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Annette Bening to play Louisiana Governor for 'Katrina: American Crime Story'
CNN - 20 days
Annette Bening is headed to Louisiana.
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A-Sides with Jon Chattman: "The Forgotscars:" Celebrating the Oscar Omitted
Huffington Post - about 1 month
I do this every year. I don't know if anyone reads it. Frankly, it's hard to know who reads my stuff lately. It gets lost in the abyss of a Trump presidency. Anyway, with the nominations just announced for the 89th Academy Awards, naturally I'm left bummed out with the omissions. That said, this year the Academy - for the most part - got it right. Sure, they flubbed. I mean no Amy Adams? Are you nuts? The Best Actress race should've been between the Arrival star and 20th Century Women's Annette Bening yet neither were nominated. This is Ridley Scott and Ben Affleck bad. Other omissions? An as expected low showing for Nocturnal Animals, and a complete shaft to Tom Hanks. Oh, and yes Mel Gibson there's a place for you in Trump's America. Anyway, back to the start and me writing this column each year. Here's my annual "forgotscars" - a list of nominees of those not nominated. There are no awards but feel free to weigh in on the comments section. Best Picture Deadpool Lo ...
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Annette Bening wonders: Can kids and parents ever truly know one another?
LATimes - about 1 month
To appreciate how an actor artfully navigates the constant, bicoastal demands of awards season, it’s helpful to peek inside Annette Bening’s takeout coffee container. Not long ago, the four-time Oscar nominee breezed into the lobby of the London Hotel in West Hollywood, trailed by Warren Beatty,...
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Annette Bening on Asking, and Answering, Tough Questions
NYTimes - about 2 months
Ms. Bening plays Dorothea, a free-spirited widow and mother who rents out rooms in her ramshackle home in the new film “20th Century Women.”
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The Stories We Told Ourselves: American Politics In 2016's Movies
Huffington Post - about 2 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. We tend to love platitudes about fiction. Ken Kesey has been quoted saying, “To hell with facts! We need stories!” The late Alan Rickman declared that “it’s a human need to be told stories.” Joan Didion’s rendition of the same sentiment may be the most famous: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.” It’s easy to deem 2016 a year of unpleasant stories. In America, we recounted prized anecdotes about David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher upon their respective deaths; we watched as an alarming faction of the country proved its media illiteracy by perpetuating one phony news report after the next; we listened to the heartache that followed shootings in Orlando, Baton Rouge and Charlotte; most notably, we concocted narratives to explain the jarring election of Donald Trump, a bloviator who spun enough yarns to appeal to the electorat ...
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Annette Bening is the pitch-perfect centerpiece of '20th Century Women'
LATimes - 2 months
There’s a moment in “20th Century Women,” Mike Mills’ lovingly fictionalized snapshot of his late-1970s adolescence, that suggests the possible root of the writer-director’s original impulse. Jamie (Lucas Jade Zumann), an impressionable 15-year-old who has just been exposed to the literature of...
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Annette Bening shines in slight '20th Century Women'
CNN - 2 months
'20th Century Women' review Annette Bening shines in director Mike Mills' semi-autobiographical comedy
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In Mike Mills' Rich, Brilliant Comedy, Three '20th Century Women' Raise A Teenager
NPR - 2 months
Our critic adores this small, sharply observed film starring Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig as boarding-house residents who shape the life of a young man (Lucas Jade Zumann) in 1979. (Image credit: Merrick Morton/A24)
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Annette Bening: Honored at New York Stage & Film Gala/ Mother Writ-Large in Mike Mills' Twentieth Century Women
Huffington Post - 3 months
"If I were a woman," Rob Reiner said in a video of congratulatory messages for Annette Bening at the Plaza Hotel where this sublime actress was feted at the New York Stage & Film Gala, "I'd be jealous." Even those of us attending, with so many who worked with her or want to work with her, including Billy Crudup, John Patrick Shanley, Peter Gallagher, Julianne Marguiles, Jennifer Westfeldt, Greta Gerwig, a who's who of stage, television, and screen including her co-honoree David Rockwell, admired Bening's stellar career on stage and in movies-- some favorites include American Beauty, The Grifters, and The Kids are All Right. Next up she is Irina in Chekhov's The Seagull. With her husband Warren Beatty who was also present, she is Hollywood royalty. But to hear her speak, she's all about the work, and incredibly grounded. The next day at Bistro Milano, Bening joined Greta Gerwig and Mike Mills, her director in the new movie Twentieth Century Women, for a panel discussion. As was hi ...
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PHOTOS: Annette Bening and Warren Beatty Step Out in Santa Barbara
ABC News - 3 months
Some celebrities never seem to age.
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PHOTOS: Annette Bening Attends an Awards Gala
ABC News - 3 months
Some celebrities never seem to age.
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'Rules Don't Apply' To Warren Beatty
Huffington Post - 3 months
Rules Don't Apply is Warren Beatty's first major motion picture in 15 years, but definitely worth the wait. Warren Beatty's film debut in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass, made him a star in his 20's. Now, his new film which opened Thanksgiving weekend, Rules Don't Apply, has shades of Splendor inside out. Both films deal with young love struggling with the strictures of strong religious upbringings.The difference is that in Splendor the guy doesn't get the girl at the end. Whereas in Rules, the guy does. But not telling which guy. You have to see the movie to find out. More Splendor comparisons. Singer Phil Collins daughter, Lilly Collins, is a Natalie Wood lookalike. Alden Ehrenreich comes across as a young Beatty. The two have great chemistry and Beatty, the director, is able to elicit strong performances from them both. Director Beatty, despite his reputed insistence on many takes, is often able to bring out the best in actors. Their performances in his f ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Annette Bening
    FIFTIES
  • 2014
    Age 55
    It was announced in May 2014 that she would join John Lithgow in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, as part of the Public Theatre's Free Shakespeare in the Park. It marked her first New York stage appearance in 20 years. Bening was married to choreographer J. Steven White from 1984 to 1991.
    More Details Hide Details She has been married to actor Warren Beatty since 1992. They have four children: Stephen Ira (born January 8, 1992), Benjamin (born August 23, 1994), Isabel (born January 11, 1997) and Ella (born April 8, 2000). Bening was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church Monastery.
  • 2010
    Age 51
    In 2010, she starred in Joanna Murray-Smith’s comedy The Female of the Species at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Bening received strong critical acclaim for her performance in The Kids Are All Right, with several reviewers noting that she "deserves an Oscar" for her "sublime" performance. For that role, Bening won a second Golden Globe Award, and received Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. In 2012, Bening's audiobook recording of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway was released at Audible.com.
  • FORTIES
  • 2006
    Age 47
    In 2006, she replaced Julianne Moore to star in the film adaptation of Running with Scissors.
    More Details Hide Details In December of that year, Bening hosted Saturday Night Live with musical guests Gwen Stefani and Akon. In 2008, Bening starred in The Women. In 2009, Bening starred in a new interpretation of the Euripides classic Medea at UCLA's Freud Playhouse. The following year, she received positive reviews for her performance in the independent film Mother and Child (2009).
  • 2005
    Age 46
    She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Jean Harris the 2005 HBO film Mrs. Harris.
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  • 2004
    Age 45
    In 2004, she played the title role in Being Julia, which earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
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  • 1999
    Age 40
    The biggest critical and commercial success of her career thus far was the 1999 film American Beauty, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture and was directed by Sam Mendes.
    More Details Hide Details For this performance, Bening was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress and won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. Bening also starred in the films In Dreams (1999) and What Planet Are You From? (2000). Bening played Sue Barlow, Charley Waite's love interest, in Open Range (2003).
  • THIRTIES
  • 1998
    Age 39
    In 1998, she co-starred with Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis in The Siege.
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  • 1991
    Age 32
    In 1991, she portrayed Virginia Hill in Barry Levinson's biopic Bugsy, alongside Warren Beatty. Later, she appeared in Regarding Henry with Harrison Ford. In 1994, Bening and Beatty starred in Love Affair, which also featured Katharine Hepburn. In 1995, Bening appeared in The American President, followed by Tim Burton's sci-fi spoof Mars Attacks! (1996).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 29
    After her film debut in the 1988 film The Great Outdoors, she starred in Valmont (1989), Bugsy (1991), The American President (1995), The Siege (1998), Open Range (2003) and Running with Scissors (2006).
    More Details Hide Details She won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress for American Beauty; Golden Globe Awards for Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right, and was nominated for a 2006 Emmy Award for Mrs. Harris. Bening was born in Topeka, Kansas, the daughter of Shirley Katherine (née Ashley; b. 1929) and Arnett Grant Bening. Her mother was a church singer and soloist, and her father was a sales training consultant and insurance salesman. Her parents, natives of Iowa, were practicing Episcopalians and conservative Republicans. She is of mostly German and English descent. Bening has one sister, Jane, and two brothers, Bradley and Byron.
  • 1987
    Age 28
    She made her Broadway debut in 1987, garnering a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Coastal Disturbances.
    More Details Hide Details Bening made her film debut in The Great Outdoors (1988). Her second film appearance was as the Marquise de Merteuil in Valmont (1989), opposite Colin Firth. Her breakthrough role was in The Grifters (1990), which starred John Cusack and Anjelica Huston, and earned Bening a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
    She was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Coastal Disturbances.
    More Details Hide Details She is a four-time Academy Award nominee; for the films The Grifters (1990), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004) and The Kids Are All Right (2010). In 2006, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • 1980
    Age 21
    Bening began her career on stage with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival company in 1980, and appeared in plays at the San Diego Repertory Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details She was a member of the acting company at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco while studying acting as part of the Advanced Theatre Training Program. There, she starred in such productions as Shakespeare's Macbeth as Lady Macbeth. Bening also starred in productions of Pygmalion and The Cherry Orchard at the Denver Center Theatre Company during the 1985–86 season.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1965
    Age 6
    In 1965, her father took a job with a company in San Diego, California, and they moved there.
    More Details Hide Details She began acting in junior high school, playing the lead in The Sound of Music. She graduated in 1975 from Patrick Henry High School, where she studied drama. She then spent a year working as a cook on a charter boat taking fishing parties out on the Pacific Ocean, and scuba diving for recreation. Bening attended San Diego Mesa College, then completed an academic degree in theatre arts at San Francisco State University.
  • 1959
    Age 0
    The family moved to Wichita, Kansas in 1959, where she spent her early childhood.
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  • 1958
    Born
    Born on May 29, 1958.
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