Annette Bening

Annette Bening


5/29/1958, Topeka, Kansas, USA

Birth Name

Annette Francine Bening



Also Known As

A.B., Annette Benning
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Annette Bening is a three-time Academy Award nominated actress for her roles in American Beauty, Being Julia, and The Grifters. Annette has been married twice -- to J. Steven White (1984-1991) and Warren Beatty since 1992. She has four children with Beatty: Kathlyn, Benejamin, Isabel, and Ella Corinne.…more


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    • Annette: I didn't picture myself as a movie actress. I began to think about it around college. I remember thinking, "Well somebody has to be in them," so maybe I could do that eventually. It's all been a surprise. I didn't do a movie until I was almost 30. I'm grateful for that because it gave me a chance to be an adult in the world and do work in the regional theater that very few people cared about. I loved it and I wanted to do that stuff.

    • Annette: We still want to idealize moms, and sometimes we want to idealize actresses who are moms, too. I know that's something I've experienced, but we're all just doing the best we can and we're all trying to raise our kids and talk to them about everything that needs to be discussed. You want to give them limits and also be their allies, so for everybody it's always a bit of a mess and chaotic.

    • Annette: I don't see myself as competing with other actresses. I mean, I went through a time when I was in New York, and I was going to lots of auditions and trying to get parts, but even then, you're not really competing with the other actresses. There is a competition going on, but it's not like something you can win in that way. You're all sort of in it together, and I think that it's no more so than a lot of other kinds of jobs. So it's not about winning, it's about trying to do the best you can do.

    • Annette: I remember hearing someone say that good acting is more about taking off a mask than putting one on, and in movie acting, certainly that's true. With the camera so close, you can see right down into your soul, hopefully. So being able to do that in a way is terrifying, and in another way, truly liberating. And I like that about it.

    • Annette: I knew I wanted children in my life. The acting was always in relation to it. Life at home is chaos. They're wonderful. They're such interesting human beings. I just love it. I'm lucky.

    • Annette: My parents were very supportive. They went to every show. And they never told me not to do what I was doing.

    • Annette: We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all -- whether we're actors or not -- perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am? What kind of woman am I? Am I the woman that I am when I'm with my children? Or when I'm with my husband? Or with my girlfriends? Or when I run into my old boyfriend? You know. We're all searching.

    • Annette: Once you start having on-screen sex, it isn't embarrassing anymore.

    • Annette: I am really looking forward as I get older and older, to being less and less nice.

    • Annette: Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.

    • Annette: I have perfected the art of putting my feet on my husband's lap during awards ceremonies so he can rub them.

    • Annette: (on convicted killer Jean Harris) Jean says that she had no intention of killing him. She meant to kill herself and she ended up killing him.

    • Annette: (on convicted murderer Jean Harris) The reason, I think, is that Jean is not sympathetic. She's not a nice girl. She's not out to win people. I think that's why the movies never got made.

    • Annette: (on the script of "Mrs. Harris") I thought it was very original. The story could have been very cheesy and sensationalized.

    • Annette: You have to have a wristband to listen to the governor? He represents all of us, right?

    • Annette: (on "American Beauty" director Sam Mendes) He seemed to know so much more than it would be appropriate for a first-time (film) director to know. I still don't understand how he knows what he knows.

    • Annette: (on the movie "American Beauty") It's a thrill because the movie was made for love. We did it because we thought it could be very special. It's absolutely a thrill to be a part of something that has meant so much to so many people. We're all just thrilled that people like it.

    • Annette: Please forgive me for not saying I'll try to do better.

    • Annette: I love what I do, and I appreciate this very much. Trick question.

    • Annette: I think we as celebrities have a lot more control.

    • Annette: Right now, I love the fact that I have so many opportunities, but I know this privileged position cannot last. That doesn't mean that I'll stop working. I picture myself as an old actress doing cameos in films with people saying: "Isn't that that Bening woman?"

    • Annette: Oh, honey, I'm from Oklahoma! This is who I am - middle-class all the way!

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    Annette Bening is really a talented actress. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "American Beauty."