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ANNETTE BENING (Mary Sinclair) is a four- time Academy Award nominee, two- time Golden Globe winner and the recipient of a Screen Actors Guild Award. Though an award- winning stage actress, Bening has spent much of her time in front of the movie camera. She starred in the Best Picture winner American Beauty, for which she received both 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 critical and commercial sensation The Kids Are All Right. Her role as Nic netted Bening a Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle Award as well as Oscar, SAG, Critics' Choice and Independent Spirit nominations (Best Actress).

Bening was last seen on screen in Arie Posin' s The Face of Love, starring opposite Ed Harris and Robin Williams. She played Nikki, a widow who falls for a man who bears a 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 the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival and won the American Riviera Award at this year' s Santa Barbara Film Festival.

In 2010 Bening starred with Naomi Watts in Mother and Child, for writer- director Rodrigo GarcĂ­a. In 2008 she was seen in Diane English' s remake of The Women, co- starring Meg Ryan, Eva Mendes and Jada Pinkett- Smith. Bening starred in the 2006 film Running with Scissors, in a Golden Globe- nominated performance.

In 2004 Bening played Julia Lambert in Being Julia, the role that earned the actress her third Oscar nomination. She was also named the National Board of Review' s Best Actress of the Year, won the Golden Globe (Best Actress in a Motion Picture: Musical or Comedy) and received a SAG nomination.

Other film credits include Rob Reiner' s The American President, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress; Mars Attacks! directed by Tim Burton; Richard III, directed by Sir Ian McKellen; Ruby Sparks, alongside Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan and Antonio Banderas; Girl Most Likely, opposite Kristen Wiig and Matt Dillon; Ginger & Rosa, alongside Elle Fanning and Alice Englert; Love Affair, with Warren Beatty; Barry Levinson' s Bugsy, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress; Mike Nichols' Regarding 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' s In Dreams, alongside 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 HBO telefilm " Mrs. Harris" earned her Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations.

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 a pre- show presented outside of San Diego' s famed Old Globe Theater. This led to a walk- on in a Shakespearean production and two plays with 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 joined the 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 Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for her role in " Coastal Disturbances" (originally at the Second Stage, then on Broadway).

Soon thereafter Bening made her feature- film debut in the comedy The Great Outdoors (1988), with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy. For her memorable turn opposite John Cusack in The Grifters (1990), she received her first Academy Award nomination and was named Best Supporting Actress by the National Board of Review.

Los Angeles theater credits include the Anton Chekhov play " The Cherry Orchard," at the Mark Taper Forum; " The Female of the Species," at the Geffen Playhouse; and Alan Bennett' s " Talking Heads," at the Tiffany Theater. She also played the title roles in Henrik Ibsen' s " Hedda Gabler" at Geffen Playhouse and Euripides' " Medea" at UCLA.

Bening was most recently seen on stage in the Public Theater' s Shakespeare in the Park production of " King Lear." She played Goneril, the eldest and most conniving of King Lear' s daughters, opposite John Lithgow.


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