Benning was the first choice for the character of Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty.
Appeared on the show The Sopranos as herself and was married to John Heard in the show.
Annette spent a year working on charter boat as a cook.
Actor Steven Schub and Teri Hatcher were amoung her students at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.
Annette's acting idols are Frances McDormand, Helen Mirren, Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Bergman.
Annette has lost out twice for a Academy Award ironically both these times it has been to the actress Hilary Swank.
Annette has played a estate agent in three of her movies, American Beauty, Reguarding Henry and What Planet are you from? it seems to be a popular character career for her.
Annette's favourite actress's include Helen Mirren and Ingrid Bergman.
She was offered the role of Catwoman in Batman Returns but fell pregnant and so the role went to Michelle Pfeiffer.
Annette has three siblings - she is the baby of the family.
Annette was clearly interested in drama from a young age as she studied it at her High School Patrick Henry High.
Benning is on the council for the California Arts Council.
Benning and her husband met on the set of the 1991 film Bugsy after he cast her in the film.
Benning and her husband Warren Beatty have four children.
Annette was the first choice for the character Carolyn Burnham in American Beauty
Benning won a Golden Globe for her performance as Julia Lambert in the 2005 Being Julia
Benning won a Bafta award for her role in American Beauty
Benning as been nominated for an Oscar three times, for the movies The Grifters, American Beauty and Being Julia.
Annette was originally going to play the part of Lindsay Lohan's mother in Freaky Friday but backed out and the role went to Jamie Lee Curtis.
Benning received a converted star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.
Benning was in the Oscar-winning film American Beauty alongside Kevin Spacey.
Before Benning married her present husband she was married to J. Steven White. The couple divorced in 1991 after separating five years before.
Annette is married to the actor Warren Beatty, the couple married in 1992.
Annette: One of the reasons that being human is so fascinating is that we only can inspire each other. We can't inspire ourselves in the same way that someone else can inspire us, and it's so funny that that's how it seems to be setup.
Annette: (on being a mom) I have my good days and bad days. I'm certainly not a perfect mother, but I am an avid mother, let me put it that way.
Annette: (on good acting being more like taking off a mask rather than putting on one) With the camera so close, you can see right down into your soul. So being able to do that, in a way, is terrifying. And in another way, truly liberating.
Annette: I want people to be encouraged who are involved in the business to follow their hearts and that there are ways of getting things done that potentially have some meaning.
Benning: Acting is not about being famous, it's about exploring the human soul.
Annette: The movie business is tough, it's driven by economics, and economics are about trying to get a lot of people into the theater. That's the reality of the business, the culture we're in.