Annette Carol Bening (born May 29, 1958) is an American actress. She began her career on the stage and in 1987 she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her performance in Coastal Disturbances. Her first film credits were The Great Outdoors in 1988 and Valmont in 1989. Bening is a four-time Academy Award-nominee for films, such as The Grifters (1990), American Beauty (1999), Being Julia (2004) and The Kids Are All Right (2010). She also was nominated for Golden Globe awards for her performances in The American President, Bugsy and Running with Scissors. Bening was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005 for her performance as Jean Harris in Mrs. Harris.