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Born May 29, 1958, in Topeka, Kan., Annette Bening relocated to San Diego as a youngster and later graduated from San Francisco State University. After a stint at the American Conservatory Theater, her next stop was the Big Apple, a move that paid dividends in 1986 with a Tony nod for her role in "Coastal Disturbances."

Hollywood came calling three years later as Bening landed a part in Valmont, following up with the 1990 film noir The Grifters, which brought her a supporting actress Oscar nomination. She mastered comedy opposite Michael Douglas in 1995's The American President.

Playing an off-kilter suburban wife in American Beauty (1999), Bening earned a Best Actress Oscar nod, duplicating the feat in 2005 with Being Julia. On the small screen, she nabbed Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work in the made-for-cable drama Mrs. Harris. She won a Golden Globe and scored an Oscar nod in 2011 for the big-screen comedy The Kids Are All Right.

Annette Bening in Rules Don't Apply

Rules Don't Apply

2016 PG-13

When Southern beauty Marla Mabrey arrives in Hollywood to work for Howard Hughes, his driver, Frank Forbes, meets her at the airport. Sparks fly immediately between the two, but dating among the billionaire's employees is strictly prohibited.

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