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DRAWN FROM LIFE

BRIAN BETHUNE October 11 2004
Books

DRAWN FROM LIFE

BRIAN BETHUNE October 11 2004

Being Julia, being Bening, being the mother of Beatty’s babies

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With a knowing smile and mischief in her eyes, she’s made a career of seductive intrigue-as the scheming widow in Valmont, the foxy con artist in The Grifters, the adulterous wife in American Beauty. But one of Annette Bening’s most impressive roles has been domesticating Hollywood rogue Warren Beattya feat that eluded the likes of Julie Christie, Diane Keaton, Isabelle Adjani and Madonna. As mother to Beatty’s four children, aged 4 to 12, Bening, 46, has scaled down her acting career. But

she couldn’t resist Being Julia. In this period comedy directed by Hungary’s István Szabó and produced by Canada’s Robert Lantos, she plays a flamboyant star of the English stage who beds a younger man to revive her frayed middleaged ego. Bening, however, claims she doesn’t suffer from the same insecurity. Her husband, she adds, is “incredibly supportive-he thought this was one of the best things I’ve done.” Early Oscar buzz may prove him right.

BRIAN D. JOHNSON

‘István Szabó Is an actor’s director. And we thought Annette was a spectacular actress-and just the right age.’

-Lantos