ANNETTE BENING (Elise Kraft) received an Academy
Award nomination and was named Best Supporting Actress by the
National Board of Review for her role in "The Grifters."
Most recently, she appeared in a supporting role in Tim Burton's
Previously, Bening starred in "The American President,"
opposite Michael Douglas and directed by Rob Reiner, for which
she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress/Musical
Her other films include Ian McKellen's controversial adaptation
of Shakespeare's "Richard III," "Love Affair"
and "Bugsy" opposite Warren Beatty, "Regarding
Henry," "Guilty By Suspicion," "Valmont"
and "Postcards From the Edge."
Born in Topeka, Kansas, and reared 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. That led to a walk-on in a Shakespeare production, this
time inside the theater, and two plays with the San Diego Repertory
Following graduation from San Francisco State University, Bening
was accepted by the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco
where she trained and then joined the acting company. She also
appeared in both Summer Shakespeare festivals and regional productions.
Moving to New York, Bening appeared in "Coastal Disturbances,"
originally at the Second Stage, then on Broadway, her performance
earning her a Tony nomination and the Clarence Derwent Award for
most outstanding debut performance of the season.
On television, Bening has guest-starred on such series as "Miami
Vice" and "Wiseguy." She made her feature film
debut in "The Great Outdoors," opposite Dan Aykroyd
and John Candy.
Bening recently completed a starring role in the forthcoming release
"The Untitled Neil Jordan Project," aka "In Dreams."
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