ANNETTE BENING (Mary Sinclair) is a four-
time Academy Award
time Golden Globe winner and the recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award.
winning stage actress, Bening has spent much of her time in front of
camera. She starred in the Best Picture winner American Beauty, for which she
Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations (Best Actress) and won SAG and BAFTA
awards. In 2011 Bening starred alongside Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo in the
and commercial sensation The Kids Are All Right. Her role as Nic netted Bening a
Globe and New York Film Critics Circle Award as well as Oscar, SAG, Critics'
Independent Spirit nominations (Best Actress).
Bening was last seen on screen in Arie Posin'
s The Face of Love, starring
Harris and Robin Williams. She played Nikki, a widow who falls for a man who
striking resemblance to her late husband.
Bening has been honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Deauville,
Boston, Palm Springs and Chicago film festivals. She received the Donostia Prize
at the San
Sebastian International Film Festival. Most recently Bening was named Actress of
at the Hollywood Film Festival and won the American Riviera Award at this year'
Barbara Film Festival.
In 2010 Bening starred with Naomi Watts in Mother and Child, for
Rodrigo GarcĂa. In 2008 she was seen in Diane English'
s remake of The Women,
Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Jada Pinkett-
Smith. Bening starred in the 2006 film
Scissors, in a Golden Globe-
In 2004 Bening played Julia Lambert in Being Julia, the role that earned the
third Oscar nomination. She was also named the National Board of Review'
the Year, won the Golden Globe (Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or
received a SAG nomination.
Other film credits include Rob Reiner'
s The American President, for which she
a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress; Mars Attacks! directed by Tim
III, directed by Sir Ian McKellen; Ruby Sparks, alongside Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan
Banderas; Girl Most Likely, opposite Kristen Wiig and Matt Dillon; Ginger &
Elle Fanning and Alice Englert; Love Affair, with Warren Beatty; Barry
s Bugsy, for
which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress; Mike Nichols'
Henry, with Harrison Ford; Guilty By Suspicion, opposite Robert De Niro;
Valmont, directed by
Milos Forman; Postcards from the Edge, with Meryl Streep; Neil Jordan'
Robert Downey Jr.; and The Siege, opposite Denzel Washington and Bruce Willis.
On the small screen, Bening'
s 2006 performance opposite Ben Kingsley in the
earned her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations.
Born in Topeka, Kansas, and raised in San Diego, Bening was enrolled at a
college when she got a job as a dancer in a pre-
show presented outside of San
Old Globe Theater. This led to a walk-
on in a Shakespearean production and two
the San Diego Repertory Theater.
Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and was accepted by the
American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, where she trained until she
acting company. She appeared in both summer Shakespearean festivals and regional
productions until her career took her to New York, where Bening received both a
Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for her role in "
(originally at the Second Stage, then on Broadway).
Soon thereafter Bening made her feature-
film debut in the comedy The Great
(1988), with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. For her memorable turn opposite John
in The Grifters (1990), she received her first Academy Award nomination and was
Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review.
Los Angeles theater credits include the Anton Chekhov play "
at the Mark Taper Forum; "
The Female of the Species,"
at the Geffen Playhouse;
at the Tiffany Theater. She also played the title
roles in Henrik
at Geffen Playhouse and Euripides'
Bening was most recently seen on stage in the Public Theater'
s Shakespeare in
Park production of "
She played Goneril, the eldest and most
conniving of King
s daughters, opposite John Lithgow.
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