How much is Annette Bening worth?

Net Worth:$50 Million
Profession:Professional Actress
Date of Birth:May 29, 1958
Country:United States of America
1.69 m

Stealing the heart of a lifelong bad boy both onscreen and off in Bugsy, stealing the hearts of fans and critics in American Beauty.

Who Is Annette Bening

Annette Carol Bening is an American actress who has a net worth of $50 million dollars, as of 2020.

She was born Annette Francine Bening, the youngest of four children in Topeka, Kansas. She didn’t have much theatrical experience until junior high when her father’s job moved the family to San Diego. It was in southern California that she would begin to act, overcoming her adolescent shyness to take the lead in the middle-school performance of The Sound of Music and studying drama at Patrick Henry High School.  

After graduation, Bening took a job as a cook on a charter boat, working and saving money for a year before enrolling in the theater program at San Diego Mesa College and then at San Francisco State University, and joining acting company of the American Conservatory Theater. By her early 20s, Bening’s desire to act had entrenched itself within her.  

She excelled at classical theater, drawing particular praise for her role as Lady Macbeth. “I wanted to be a classical actress,” she says. “It gave me a chance to be an adult in the world and do work in the regional theater that very few people cared about. I loved it and I wanted to do that stuff.”  

Catching Beauty

Though she may have loved it, talent like Bening’s doesn’t stay regional for very long. She soon moved to New York, and scored a Tony Award nomination for her role in Tina Howe’s Coastal Disturbances. Her first film wouldn’t come until 1988 when Bening was 30 and co-starred in the otherwise forgettable The Great Outdoors with Dan Aykroyd and John Candy.

Her next role would be less forgettable, starring as Merteuil in Milos Forman’s Valmont. The film almost identical to Stephen Frears’s recent Dangerous Liaisons and less popular and, though the picture would be mostly overlooked, Bening’s performance gained her notice—especially with Frears himself, who was deeply impressed by Bening and cast her in her first big break, a sultry con-woman in Grifters.  

Grifters won her an Oscar nomination and caught the eye of superstar and playboy Warren Beatty, who chose her specifically for the female lead in his biopic about Bugsy Malone. Bugsy would make her a household name (where she wasn’t already) and come with an unexpected perk: Beatty, whose sexual exploits were the stuff of legend, fell in love for the last time. The two married in 1992, and would go on to have four children.  

A Classical Actress

A large family and a disposition for shyness caused her to back away from the spotlight for a few years, only coming out when the roles were just right. She returned to her Shakespearean roots as Queen Elizabeth in Richard III, proved she could do comedy as a presidential love interest in The American President and stole scenes from the scene-stealing Kevin Spacey in the resonant and tragicomic American Beauty, earning her second Academy Award nod.  

Since then, Bening has continued a slow work schedule, accepting about one film per year. But when she does come out, the results are often spectacular. She has been nominated for a Golden Globe for 5 of her 10 performances between 1999 and 2010 (winning for Being Julia and The Kids are All Right), providing some of film’s most enduring characters in the process. And while it may not have been in the way she intended, Annette Bening has become a classical actress of an entirely different caliber.

Defining Quote “I guess for people who get followed around all the time it must be a nightmare. We had a bit of that but we weren’t scandalous for very long. Very quickly we had a kid and now it was just like, ‘Oh, they’re married and have a kid. Oh well!’”

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