Annette Bening has been nominated for an Academy AwardŽ for her work in three prestigious films: THE GRIFTERS (as Best Supporting Actress) as well as AMERICAN BEAUTY and BEING JULIA (as Best Actress).
The gifted star has also appeared on stage in numerous productions, earning a Tony Award nomination for her role on Broadway in "Coastal Disturbances" in 1987 before she made her screen debut opposite Dan Aykroyd in the comedy THE GREAT OUTDOORS in 1988.
Roles in films such as VALMONT and POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE led to her success in THE GRIFTERS in 1990. Leading roles in the films LOVE AFFAIR and BUGSY coincided with her real-life coupling with co-star Warren Beatty. Other films included GUILTY BY SUSPICION, REGARDING HENRY, MARS ATTACKS, RICHARD III, THE AMERICAN PRESIDENT, MRS. HARRIS, THE SIEGE, WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?, IN DREAMS, OPEN RANGE and RUNNING WITH SCISSORS.
A native of Topeka, Kansas, she grew up in San Diego and studied drama at San Francisco State University and the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco before traveling to New York City and finding success there on stage.