ANNETTE BENING (Carolyn
Buruham) received an Academy Award nomination and was named Best
Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review for her work
in "The Grifters." She more recently earned a Golden
Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for her
role in Rob Reiner's "The American President," opposite
Michael Douglas. This past spring, she returned to the stage for
the first time in 10 years to star in the title role of Henrik
Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler" at Los Angeles' Geffen Playhouse.
On the screen, Bening next stars with Garry Shandling in "What
Planet Are You From?"
Bening's most recent film credits include the actioner "The
Siege," with Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis, and Neil
Jordan's thriller "In Dreams." Her earlier film work
includes Tim Burton's "Mars Attacks!"; the updated adaptation
of Shakespeare's "Richard III," starring Ian McKellen;
"Love Affair," opposite Warren Beatty; Barry Levinson's
"Bugsy," also with Beatty; Mike Nichols' "Regarding
Henry," opposite Harrison Ford; "Guilty By Suspicion,"
with Robert Dc Niro; "Valmont," for director Milos Forman;
and "Postcards From the Edge." She made her feature
film debut in "The Great Outdoors," opposite Dan Aykroyd
and John Candy.
Born in Topeka, Kansas and raised in San Diego, Bening was enrolled
at a local college when she got a job as a dancer in "The
Green Show," presented outside San Diego's famed Old Globe
Theatre. This led to a walk-on in a Shakespeare production and
two plays with the San Diego Repertory Theatre. Following graduation
from San Francisco State University, Bening was accepted by the
American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, where she trained
before joining the acting company. She also appeared in summer
Shakespeare festivals and regional productions prior to moving
to New York to pursue her career. There, she appeared in "Coastal
Disturbances"-originally at the Second Stage, then on Broadway-for
which she garnered a Tony nomination and won the Clarence Derwent
Award for most outstanding debut performance of the season.
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