Annette Carol Bening is an American actress. She began her career on the stage and was nominated for the 1987 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Coastal Disturbances. A four-time Academy Award-nominee for her roles in the films The Grifters, American Beauty, Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right, she won a BAFTA Award for American Beauty and Golden Globe Awards for Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right. Her other film roles include Valmont, Bugsy, The American President, and Running with Scissors. In 2006, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her performance as Jean Harris in Mrs. Harris.