Annette Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there. She graduated from San Francisco State University and began her acting career with the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, eventually moving to New York where she acted on the stage (including a Tony-award nomination in 1987 for her work in the Broadway play "Coastal Disturbances") and got a couple of brief roles on TV.
As is so often the case, her first big-screen role was in a forgettable movie, The Great Outdoors (1988), in which she had a minor role. However, her next work on-screen was a much larger part in Milos Forman's Valmont (1989), a film adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos's "Les Liaisons ...» read full biography