Profile - Annette Bening


Name Annette Bening

Born May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, US.

Background Bening’s acting career began when she played the lead in her high school’s production of The Sound of Music. After graduating from San Francisco University she took to the stage in California and later New York. She then moved back to California to pursue a career in film. Her breakthrough film role in The Grifters in 1990 earned her her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Actor/producer Warren Beatty then invited her to star in Bugsy (1991), and the two later married. Beatty later claimed that he’d fallen in love with Bening within five minutes of meeting her. Since Bugsy, she’s appeared in Richard III (1995) Mars Attacks! (1996), The Siege (1998) and has received two Best Actress Oscar nominations for her roles in American Beauty (1999) and Being Julia (2004). On both occasions Bening lost out to Hilary Swank.

What’s she up to now? Being very family orientated, Bening tries to avoid a heavy work schedule and takes regular breaks from acting to spend time with her four children. She can, however, currently be seen in Running With Scissors, a film adaptation of Augusten Burroughs’ cult biographical novel directed by Ryan Murphy. She is also currently preparing to star in Murphy’s next film Dirty Tricks about the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt are also slated to star. The film is scheduled for release in 2008.

What she says about ageing on camera ‘I don’t really have a choice. I’m getting older. To me I didn’t think of acting as being a young thing only. I think for all of us, as we age there are always a few moments when you are shocked.’

Interesting fact Bening formed a babysitting circle with Meryl Streep, Carrie Fisher and Tracey Ullman, proving celebrity mums can get tired of their kids too.

Running with Scissors is out now on general release.

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