at a Glance
Education: Graduated from
SFSU's College of Creative Arts in 1980 with honors
First role: Narrator in
Spanish version of "Three Little Pigs" in sixth grade
If she never acted, she might have been:
"A grade school teacher. I love working with children."
Words to live by: "If
it's challenging and difficult, it's worth doing."
Personal hero: Her sister-in-law,
Billy, who recently lost her battle with cancer
On being a mother and an actor:
"It's such a privilege to do both."
imitating art: Annette's husband has expressed interest
in becoming "The American President."
Resting on her nightstand: Ian
McEwan's "Saturday," and it may be resting there for a while.
Like any working mother, Bening says she reads "a few pages in
bed at night and falls asleep."
Knew she'd be a star?
"I certainly dreamt about being an actor. But no, I never envisioned
I'd be here."
Next appearing in: "The
Cherry Orchard" on stage at The Mark Taper Forum in February, and
"Running With Scissors," a film to be released sometime next
Great Outdoors ~ Valmont ~ The Grifters ~ Guilty By Suspicion Regarding
Henry ~ Postcards From The Edge ~ Bugsy ~ Love Affair ~ Richard III
~ The American President ~ In Dreams ~ Mars Attacks! ~ The Seige ~ American
Beauty ~ What Planet Are You From? ~ Open Range ~ Being Julia ~ Mrs.