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Annette Bening

Annette Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She has German and English ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there. She graduated from San Francisco State University ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 40 wins & 72 nominations. See more awards »

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 2016 20th Century Women (post-production)
Dorothea Fields
 2014/III The Search
 2005 Mrs. Harris (TV Movie)
Jean Harris
 2002-2003 Liberty's Kids: Est. 1776 (TV Series)
Abigail Adams
- Born Free and Equal (2003) ... Abigail Adams (voice)
- Bostonians (2002) ... Abigail Adams (voice)
- Sybil Ludington (2002) ... Abigail Adams (voice)
- An American in Paris (2002) ... Abigail Adams (voice)
- United We Stand (2002) ... Abigail Adams (voice)
 1989 Valmont
 1988 Hostage (TV Movie)
 1987 Wiseguy (TV Series)
Karen Leland / Maloy
- One on One (1987) ... Karen Leland / Maloy
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
- Red Tape (1987) ... Vicky
 1986 Manhunt for Claude Dallas (TV Movie)
Ann Tillman
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On-Broadway production: "Coastal Disturbances", as Holly Dancer at the Circle in the Square Theatre, NY. (350 public performances; 20 previews). See more »

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1 Biographical Movie | 4 Interviews | 9 Articles | 6 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

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I didn't picture myself as a movie actress. I began to think about it around college. I remember thinking, 'Well somebody has to be in them,' so maybe I could do that eventually. It's all been a surprise. See more »


Hired to play the romantic lead in the sitcom Just in Time (1988). After the first table read, the producers fired her saying they "wanted to move the character in a new direction". She was replaced by Patricia Kalember. See more »

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