While Annette Bening did not start her acting career as a child, she was still able to record so much success in her heyday. She made her stage acting debut at the age of 22 before going ahead to land her first role on television six years later when she was well into her 28th year. The talented actress had to wait for an additional two years before commencing her movie career, however, it did not take time before she was able to mop up awards and nominations, with her very first being an Academy Award nomination when she was 32.
Bening is best known for the roles she played in American Beauty, Bugsy, and The Grifters. Other notable appearances she had are in 20th Century Women, and The Kids Are All Right. As her career took-off with stage performances, Annette Bening still graces the stage with her presence, recently appearing in the Broadway revival of All My Sons which came to light in April 2019.
Annette Bening’s date of birth falls on the 29th of May 1958 and she was born in Topeka, Kansas, however, she spent a better part of her formative years in Wichita, Kansas where the Bening family relocated to in 1959. Her parents are Iowan natives; Arnett Grant Bening and Shirley Katherine (née Ashley). She is the last child in a family of four with an older sister named Jane and two big brothers named Byron and Bradley.
Bening’s family was always moving from place to place due to the nature of her father’s job as a sales training consultant and insurance salesman. He later landed a better position in San Diego, California where the family once again moved to.
Her parents are conservative Republicans who raised their daughter as an Episcopalian. Bening has, however, since switched to be a member of the Democratic party. With no other person in her family being an entertainer, it is not farfetched to surmise that the actresses artistic genes came from her mum who functioned as a soloist in their local church.
In regards to her academics, Annette Bening attended Patrick Henry High School where she made appearances in several of her school plays. She was just in her junior year when they made a production of Sound of Music in which she participated in. Upon graduating from high school, the young girl worked a few menial jobs to make ends meet. She worked for quite a while before her quest for further education took her to San Francisco State University to study theater arts.
Annette Bening’s career officially took-off in 1980. She started it on stage, appearing in several productions. After seven years, she was able to make her Broadway debut in a production of Coastal Disturbances where her performance earned her a nomination for a Tony Award.
Since that time, Bening has diversified into other aspects of acting, making several appearances on both the big screen and the small screen. Her efforts have not gone unrewarded as she has accumulated loads of prestigious awards and nominations during the course of her acting career.
Is Annette Bening still Married to Warren Beatty?
Annette Bening and her husband Warren Beatty hooked up during the production of the 1991 movie, Bugsy which they were both featured in. A year after the movie was released, the pair got married on the 3rd of March 1992.
Contrary to popular expectation, their marriage has endured for 29 years and is still going strong. People actually expected any union involving a man like Warren Beatty to be short-lived since he was an acclaimed playboy of Hollywood during his time. This is thanks to his high profile relationships with fellow stars like his former fiancée Joan Collins – an actress who dumped him because of infidelity. He was also involved with singer and songwriter Carly Simon, who wrote a song about him titled You’re so Vain.
Another important aspect of their relationship is that fact that Beatty is 21 years older than Annette Bening. The wide age gap, however, does not seem to matter at all as they have gone ahead to have four children; Benjamin, Stephen, Isabel, and Ella Beatty.