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Biography #2 (for Being Julia)

Annette Bening is recognized by cinema audiences worldwide for her skill and versatility in both comic and dramatic roles. She starred in the highly acclaimed American Beauty opposite Kevin Spacey, for which she received both an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actress/Drama category. For the same role she won a Screen Actor's Guild Award and a BAFTA. Among her other screen credits are Neil Jordan's In Dreams, The Siege opposite Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis, The Grifters for which she received an Academy Award nomination and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review, The American President opposite Michael Douglas for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, Barry Levinson's Bugsy for which she also received a Golden Globe Best Actress nomination, Mike Nichols' Regarding Henry with Harrison Ford, Guilty by Suspicion opposite Robert DeNiro, Milos Foreman's Valmont and the Mike Nichols comedy What Planet Are You From? Her supporting roles include Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! and Ian McKellen's adaptation of Richard III. Her most recent screen appearance prior to Being Julia was in the western Open Range opposite Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. In the spring of 2005, she will be seen opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the HBO film Mrs. Harris.

Less well known to cinema audiences is Bening's impressive and award-winning theatre work. She has appeared at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles in Alan Bennett's Talking Heads, a festival of seven solo plays, as well as taking the title role in Henrik Ibsen's Hedda Gabler at the Geffen Playhouse, Los Angeles in 1999. Born in Topeka, Kansas and raised in San Diego, California, Bening graduated from San Francisco State University before being accepted by the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Her theatrical training led to appearances in summer Shakespearian festivals and regional productions until her career took her to New York. She soon landed a role in Coastal Disturbances for which she was nominated for a Tony Award and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season.

Bio courtesy Sony Classics for "Being Julia" (01-Jan-2005)


Biography #3 (for Open Range)

Annette Bening was nominated for a 2000 Academy Award' and a Golden Globe for Best Actress/Drama for her role opposite Kevin Spacey in American Beauty. She received an Academy Award' nomination and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review for her role in The Grífters. Bening also garnered Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress/Musical or Comedy for her performance in Rob Reiner's The American President, opposite Michael Douglas, as well as for Best Actress/Drama for her performance in Barry Levinson's Bugsy, portraying Virginia Hill.

Bening's motion picture credits also include Neil Jordan's In Dreams; The Siege, opposite Denzel Washington; Ian McKellen's adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III; Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!; Love Affair, with Warren Beatty and Garry Shandling; Bugsy, also with Warren Beatty; Guilty By Suspicion, opposite Robert De Niro; Mike Nichols' Regarding Henry, opposite Harrison Ford; and Milos Forman's Valmont. Bening also had a scene-stealing appearance in Mike Nichols' Postcards from the Edge. She made her feature film debut in The Great Outdoors, opposite Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.

A San Francisco American Conservatory Theatre alumna, Bening received a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season for her role in Coastal Disturbances (originally at the Second Stage and subsequently on Broadway). Returning to her theatrical roots for the first time in ten years, Bening recently received critical acclaim and an Ovation Award nomination for Best Actress as Hedda Gabler in a revival of the Ibsen classic at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

Bio courtesy Touchstone for "Open Range" (23-Aug-2003)


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