Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Women We Love: Annette Bening

Object of our affection: Annette Bening, actress.

- After guest starring on episodes of Miami Vice and Wiseguy, she made her film debut in the comedy The Great Outdoors. Following eye-catching roles in Valmont and Postcards from the Edge, she made her breakthrough as the sultry femme fatale in The Grifters, which earned her her first Academy Award nomination.

- More high profile roles followed with Guilty by Suspicion and Regarding Henry, then came Bugsy, which not only netted her a Golden Globe nomination, but her husband Warren Beatty (their first pregnancy kept her from camping it up as Catwoman in Batman Returns). Her next film was Beatty's remake of Love Affair, followed by Richard III, Mars Attacks! and another Globe nom for The American President.

- She received Oscar and Globe nominations and BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her desperate housewife in American Beauty. More Globe noms came for Running With Scissors, the TV movie Mrs. Harris (which also netted her an Emmy nod) and Being Julia, which finally got her the gold (Globe, that is), as well as another Oscar nomination.

- In addition to her film work, she received a Tony Award nomination for the Broadway play Coastal Disturbances and also appeared as herself in a memorable episode of The Sopranos.

- She'll be seen this weekend in the long awaited remake of The Women, in which (if the trailers are any indication) she'll be stealing scenes as the catty Sylvia Fowler (played by Rosalind Russell, Paulette Goddard and Dolores Gray in previous screen versions of the Clare Boothe Luce play). Next up: A Woman of No Importance, a female version of the classic Oscar Wilde play A Man of No Importance.

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