Alum Annette Bening Can't Wait to 'Get Back into the Theatre'

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Annette Bening standing and smiling on a beach
Photo by Gunther Gampine

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Bening studied at ACT’s conservatory fresh out of San Francisco State University and then spent three frenetic, wildly creative years in ACT’s core company, performing back-to-back plays in repertory on the Geary Theater stage.

When she reflects back on that formative ACT start — before her breakout 1990 role as a hustler in “The Grifters,” before her marriage to Warren Beatty (whom she met filming “Bugsy” in 1991), before having four children and learning to balance family life and fame — Bening speaks of her deep gratitude for those early San Francisco experiences that helped her become the versatile, adventurous actress she is today.