Annette Bening

Annette Bening

Highest Rated: 94% Richard III (1995)

Lowest Rated: 14% Life Itself (2018)

Birthday: May 29, 1958

Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, USA

Although some of her recognition may stem from her 1992 marriage to Warren Beatty, Annette Bening has established herself as an actress capable of far more than domesticating one of Hollywood's most notorious playboys. After winning raves for her role in 1990's The Grifters, Bening turned in a series of strong performances in films ranging from The American President to Richard III to American Beauty.Born in Topeka, Kansas, on May 29, 1958, Bening moved with her family to San Diego, California when she was very young. It was there that she began to pursue her career, first as a dancer in various productions at a local college. Eventually graduating from San Francisco University (an education she paid for by working as a cook on a charter boat), Bening acted with San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre before moving to New York to further her stage experience. Her career in New York had its auspicious moments, such as winning a Tony Award nomination and a Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Debut Performance for her performance in Coastal Disturbances, but Bening endured a five-year struggle before breaking into film.She made her debut as Dan Aykroyd's irritable wife in The Great Outdoors in 1988; more substantial work followed in the form of Milos Forman's Valmont, a 1989 adaptation of Chodleros de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses that featured Bening as the scheming, manipulative Marquise de Merteuil. The film suffered in comparison to Stephen Frears's Dangerous Liaisons, which had been released the previous year; fortunately, the same couldn't be said of Bening's next major effort, 1990's The Grifters. Frears's gripping, stylish adaptation of Jim Thompson's novel of the same name, The Grifters met with almost unanimous critical acclaim, much of which was aimed at the performances of Anjelica Huston, John Cusack, and Bening as the film's protagonists. Bening won special praise for her portrayal of an ill-fated con artist, accruing Best Supporting Actress nominations from the Academy, the New York Film Critics Circle, and the British Academy.Her performance also won the attention of Warren Beatty, who was so impressed with her work that he cast her as his love interest in his 1991 Bugsy. Although the film proved a relative disappointment, it did result in both a Golden Globe nomination for Bening and a 1992 marriage for her and Beatty. The two could be seen collaborating again onscreen two years later in Love Affair, a remake of the 1957 An Affair to Remember. Unfortunately, the film fared poorly, both at the box office and at the hands of disapproving critics. Bening had more luck with her subsequent role as Michael Douglas' presidential love interest in Rob Reiner's The American President (1995), and then went on to explore politics of a different sort with Richard Loncraine's 1996 adaptation of Richard III. Her starring turn as the embattled Queen Elizabeth drew praise, and the attention she garnered for her performance helped to lighten the load of antipathy directed toward Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, the actress' other film that year.Following lead roles in 1998's underperforming The Siege and 1999's ill-fated In Dreams, Bening could be seen in American Beauty (also 1999) as Kevin Spacey's status-obsessed, control-freak wife. As part of the film's superb ensemble cast, which also featured Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Wes Bentley, and Mena Suvari, the actress won praise for her work, and the added distinction of being part of what many hailed as one of the best films of the year. Her first Best Actress Oscar nomination followed, although Bening's near-lock on the award was stolen away from her by Hilary Swank, a newcomer almost as auspicious as she once was.Adding insult to injury, Bening lost the Oscar at the same time she could be seen in theaters alongside Garry Shandling in the much-derided sci-fi comedy What Planet Are You From? Perhaps as a result of this -- or due to her decision to spend more time with her f

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
47% Hope Gap Grace 2020
81% The Report Dianne Feinstein 2019
78% Captain Marvel Supreme Intelligence 2019
45% Georgetown Amanda Brecht 2019
14% Life Itself Dr. Cait Morris 2018
68% The Seagull Irina 2018
80% Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool Gloria Grahame 2017
89% 20th Century Women Dorothea Fields $5.7M 2017
55% Rules Don't Apply Lucy Mabrey $3.7M 2016
77% Danny Collins Mary Sinclair $4.3M 2015
21% The Search Helen 2015
42% The Face of Love Nikki Lostrom $0.2M 2014
22% Girl Most Likely Zelda $1.4M 2013
78% Ginger & Rosa Bella $1.1M 2013
36% Yogawoman Narrator 2012
79% Ruby Sparks Gertrude $2.6M 2012
No Score Yet Milos Forman: Co te nezabije... (Milos Forman: What doesn't kill you...) Actor 2011
93% The Kids Are All Right Nic $20.9M 2010
78% Mother and Child Karen $1.2M 2010
No Score Yet The Villa Golitsyn Actor 2009
No Score Yet Poliwood Actor 2009
14% The Women Sylvia Fowler $26.9M 2008
No Score Yet The Women Actor 2008
No Score Yet 14 Women Narrator 2007
31% Running With Scissors Deirdre Burroughs $6.8M 2006
43% Mrs. Harris Jean Harris 2005
76% Being Julia Julia Lambert $7.7M 2004
79% Open Range Sue Barlow $58.3M 2003
42% What Planet Are You From? Susan 2000
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Directors Interviewee 2000
87% American Beauty Carolyn Burnham 1999
24% In Dreams Claire Cooper 1999
44% The Siege Elise Kraft : Sharon Bridger Elise Kraft 1998
53% Mars Attacks! Barbara Land 1996
94% Richard III Queen Elizabeth 1995
91% The American President Sydney Ellen Wade 1995
No Score Yet Sesame Street - Cookie Monster's Best Bites Actor 1995
30% Love Affair Terry 1994
85% Bugsy Virginia Hill 1991
41% Regarding Henry Sarah Turner 1991
65% Guilty by Suspicion Ruth Merrill 1991
90% The Grifters Myra Langtry 1990
84% Postcards from the Edge Evelyn Ames 1990
55% Valmont Merteuil 1989
40% The Great Outdoors Kate Craig 1988
No Score Yet Manhunt for Claude Dallas Ann Tillman 1986

TV

Credit
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2019
2018
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015-2019
Guest 2018
2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2018
2014
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2017
No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors
2015
Guest 2017
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2017
2016
2014
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013-2017
Guest 2016
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2011
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
Guest 2011
2005
2000
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2010
2008
2006
2003
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Performer 2006
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2005
No Score Yet Liberty's Kids
2002-2003
Voice 2003
2002
No Score Yet Miami Vice
1984-1990
Vickie Madden 1987
No Score Yet Wiseguy
1987-1990
Karen Leland 1987

QUOTES FROM Annette Bening CHARACTERS

Sue Barlow says: You're a disgrace, Marshal Poole. You always have been.

Sheriff Poole says: I know it. That's just the way it is.

Sue Barlow says: So is it marriage that scares you two, or puttin' down roots?

Boss Spearman says: No. Who'd have him? All rangy and mangy like a rough old dog.

Charley Waite says: How about I hold your head under water for just a little while?

Claire Cooper says: I'm not obsessed, I'm possessed.

Claire Cooper says: He killed Rebecca and he knows I'm dreaming about him.

Jane Burnham says: Look mom, I really don't feel like having a Kodak moment here, OK?

Caroline Burnham says: (slaps her) You ungrateful little brat. Just look at everything you have. When I was your age, we lived in a duplex. We didn't even have our own house.

Sylvie Fowler says: Weren't you taking some puppet-making class?

Edie Cohen says: Let me tell you something. Weird crowd of people, the puppet people.

Caroline Burnham says: Lester you're gonna spill beer on the couch.

Lester Burnham says: [Pauses, gets up] So what? It's just a couch.

Caroline Burnham says: This is a $4,000 sofa upholstered with Italian silk! This is not just a couch!

Lester Burnham says: IT'S JUST A COUCH! This isn't life! This is just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.[she leaves] I'm only trying to help you!

Lester Burnham says: You guys do what you want and I don't complain....

Lester Burnham says: You guys do what you want and I don't complain...

Caroline Burnham says: You dont complain oh please well i must be psychotic then. If you don't complain WHAT IS THIS!

Caroline Burnham says: You don't complain oh please well I must be psychotic then. If you don't complain WHAT IS THIS!

Lester Burnham says: [ Throws dinner plate at the wall and pauses] Don't Interrupt Me Honey.

Lester Burnham says: [throws dinner plate at the wall and pauses] Don't Interrupt Me Honey.

Caroline Burnham says: I will sell this house today...

Caroline Burnham says: That was exactly what I needed .. the royal treatment, so to speak .. Ugh! I was so stressed out! Ahhh .. ah ... ah! (laughs)

Buddy Kane says: You know what I do when I feel like that?

Caroline Burnham says: What?

Buddy Kane says: I fire a gun .. oh yeah, I go to this little firing range downtown and I .. just pop of a few rounds.

Caroline Burnham says: I've never fired a gun before.

Buddy Kane says: Well you've got to try it .. nothing makes you feel more powerful .. well, almost nothing.

Caroline Burnham says: WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!

Lester Burnham says: Uh Oh,Mom's mad.Bench presses. I'm going to wail on my pecs and then I'm gonna do my back.

Lester Burnham says: Uh Oh,Mom's mad. Bench presses. I'm going to wail on my pecs and then I'm gonna do my back.

Julia Lambert says: My husband's a devious little runt.

Caroline Burnham says: Uh, whose car is that out front?

Lester Burnham says: Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I've always wanted and now I have it. I rule!

Caroline Burnham says: Lester, just stop it!

Lester Burnham says: No, no. You... don't get to tell me what to do... ever... again.

Lester Burnham says: You don't get to tell me what to do ever again.

Caroline Burnham says: [Carolyn and Buddy have just been caught kissing by Lester] We were just at a seminar. Emm... Buddy, this is my....

Caroline Burnham says: [Carolyn and Buddy have just been caught kissing by Lester] We were just at a seminar. Emm... buddy, this is my....

Lester Burnham says: Her husband. We've met before but something tells me you're going to remember me this time.

Sydney Ellen Wade says: How'd you finally do it?

President Andrew Shepherd says: Do what?

Sydney Ellen Wade says: Manage to give a woman flowers and be president at the same time.

President Andrew Shepherd says: Well it turns out, I've got a rose garden.

Caroline Burnham says: This is a $4,000 sofa, upholstered in Italian silk. It is not just a couch.

Caroline Burnham says: I will sell this house today, I will sell this house today.

Caroline Burnham says: What do you call this? Is this not a plant? If you have a problem with my plants, I can always call my landscape architect! Solved!

Caroline Burnham says: You know, this really doesn't concern you.

Lester Burnham says: Well, actually, Janine is Senior Drive-thru Manager so you are on her turf.

Caroline Burnham says: hat was exactly what I needed. The royal treatment, so to speak.

Caroline Burnham says: That was exactly what I needed. The royal treatment, so to speak.

Buddy Kane says: [Carolyn is having sex in a motel room with the Real Estate King] Do you like getting nailed by the King?

Caroline Burnham says: Yes, your majesty!

Lester Burnham says: I am sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist. You two do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it, and I don't complain.

Colonel Fitts says: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets

Colonel Fitts says: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.

Caroline Burnham says: Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.

Caroline Burnham says: Er... I have some tiki torches in the garage...

Caroline Burnham says: Er. I have some tiki torches in the garage.

Caroline Burnham says: Lester I refuse to live like this! This is not a marriage!

Lester Burnham says: This hasn't been a marriage, for years, but you were happy as long as I kept my mouth shut. Well guess what, I've changed! And the new me whacks off when he feels horny, because you're obviously not gonna help me out in that department!

Lester Burnham says: Oh Carolyn, when did you become so... joyless?

Lester Burnham says: Oh Carolyn, when did you become so, joyless?

Caroline Burnham says: Joyless? I'm not joyless. There happens to be a lot about me that you don't know, Mr. Smarty Man. There's plenty of joy in my life.

Marquise de Merteuil says: I think you're as awful as I am. I am. That's why we should never be enemies. We should always be friends... ...good friends.

Marquise de Merteuil says: I think you're as awful as I am. That's why we should never be enemies. We should always be friends...good friends.

Virginia Hill says: Why don't you go outside and jerk yourself a soda?