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Warren Beatty
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Birth Name: Henry Warren Beatty
Birthdate: March 30, 1937
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia
Occupations: Actor, Director, Producer
Quote: "The legend began early. The columns began toting up the women Beatty kept company with--Natalie Wood, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, just to name some early brunettes--and the public took notice. The men of Hollywood, who respect such things, had already noticed. (His catch phone-phrase to women--"What's new, pussycat?"--became a movie title and song.)"--James Kaplan, Entertainment Weekly, December 20, 1991
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Claim to Fame: Film-acting debut as Bud in Elia Kazan's Splendor in the Grass(1961)

Significant Other(s):
Wife: Annette Bening, actress; married March 12, 1992
Madonna, singer, actress; dated late '80s, early '90s
Isabelle Adjani, actress
Diane Keaton, actress; dated early '80s
Michelle Phillips, singer, actress
Julie Christie, actress; together in the '70s
Natalie Wood, actress; together in the '60s; deceased
Fiancée: Joan Collins, actress; together late '50s-1961

Father: Ira O. Beaty, professor of psychology, superintendent of Richmond High School; died 1987
Mother: Kathlyn Beaty (née MacLean), teacher; died 1994
Sister: Shirley MacLaine (aka Shirley Beaty), actress; born April 24, 1934
Daughter: Kathlyn Elizabeth Bening Beatty; born January 8, 1992; mother, Annette Bening
Son: Ben Beatty, born August 23, 1994; mother, Annette Bening
Daughter: Isabel Ira Ashley Beatty; born January 11, 1997; mother, Annette Bening
Daughter: Ella Corinne Beatty; born April 8, 2000; mother, Annette Bening

A darkly handsome, charismatic leading man who made an impressive screen debut in Elia Kazan's "Splendor in the Grass" (1961), Warren Beatty developed an impish, sexy but earnest "bad boy" screen image, and initiated his behind-the-camera career as producer of the landmark "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967), in which he also starred. He has since divided his time among acting, directing and producing.

Politically active (he played a visible role in McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign and served as an unofficial advisor in Gary Hart's ill-fated 1988 bid), Beatty appeared in two of the more socially astute films of the 1970s: "The Parallax View" (1974), about an organization of political conspirators, and "Shampoo" (1975), tangentially a satire of the amorality of the Nixon era.

Beatty's acting, directing, screenwriting and producing efforts reached fruition with "Reds" (1981), a churning love story set against the Russian revolution and based on the life of journalist John Reed. His subsequent output has been sporadic. He successfully directed and starred in the comic-strip hit "Dick Tracy" (1990), before going on to produce and star in the Barry Levinson directed "Bugsy" (1991). While the film received mixed reviews, Beatty's work was lauded, and his leading lady in the film, Annette Bening, became the leading lady in his life.

The two went on to star in "Love Affair" (1994), the third remake of a 1939 Leo McCarey film. With Beatty cast as a former playboy who settles down with an engaged woman, many were compelled to read parallels to Beatty and Bening's private life--which both vehemently denied. The generally old-fashioned sentiments of the film met with a less than enthusiastic reception and a weak box office. Four years later, Beatty co-wrote, directed and starred in the political comedy "Bulworth".

1960: Theatre World Award
1961: Golden Globe: Most Promising Newcomer--Male
1975: National Society of Film Critics Award: Best Screenplay, Shampoo; shared with Robert Towne
1975: Writers Guild of America Award: Best-Written Comedy Written Directly for the Screen, Shampoo; shared with Robert Towne
1978: Writers Guild of America Award: Best-Written Comedy Adapted from Another Medium, Heaven Can Wait; shared with Elaine May
1978: Golden Globe: Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy), Heaven Can Wait
1981: New York Film Critics Circle: Best Picture, Reds
1981: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Director, Reds
1981: Directors Guild of America: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film, Reds
1981: Oscar: Best Director, Reds
1991: National Board of Review: Best Actor, Bugsy
1991: Golden Globe: Best Motion Picture (Drama), Bugsy
1991: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Picture, Bugsy; shared with Mark Johnson and Barry Levinson
1998: Venice Film Festival: Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
1998: Los Angeles Film Critics Association: Best Screenplay, Bulworth; shared with Jeremy Pisker
1999: Irving G. Thalberg Award
2000: American Society of Cinematographers: Board of Governors Award

"The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" (1961)
"Splendor in the Grass" (1961)
"All Fall Down" (1962)
"Lilith" (1964)
"Mickey One" (1965)
"Promise Her Anything" (1966)
"Kaleidoscope" (1966)
"Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"The Only Game in Town" (1970)
"McCabe & Mrs. Miller" (1971)
"Dollars (1972)
"Year of the Woman" (1973)
"The Parallax View" (1974)
"The Fortune" (1975)
"Shampoo" (1975)
"Heaven Can Wait" (1978) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"Reds" (1981)
"George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey" (1984)
"Ishtar" (1987)
"Dick Tracy" (1990)
"Madonna: Truth or Dare" (1991)
"Bugsy" (1991) (Oscar nomination, best actor)
"Love Affair" (1994)
"Bulworth" (1998)
"Town & Country" (2001)
"Heaven Can Wait" (1978) (Oscar nomination, best director)
"Reds" (1981) (Oscar, best director)
"Dick Tracy" (1990)
"Bulworth" (1998)

"Bonnie and Clyde" (1967) (Oscar nomination, best picture)
"Shampoo" (1975)
"Heaven Can Wait" (1978) (Oscar nomination, best picture)
"Reds" (1981) (Oscar nomination, best picture)
"Ishtar" (1987)
"Dick Tracy" (1990)
"Bugsy" (1991) (Oscar nomination, best picture)
"Love Affair" (1994)
"Bulworth" (1998)

"Shampoo" (1975) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Heaven Can Wait" (1978) (Oscar nomination, best adapted screenplay)
"Reds" (1981) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)
"Dick Tracy" (1990)
"Love Affair" (1994)
"Bulworth" (1998) (Oscar nomination, best original screenplay)

Worked as a rat catcher in a Virginia movie theater
TV-series debut as Milton Armitage in CBS sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis; pulled after three episodes by his agent (1959-1960). He's the younger brother of actress Shirley MacLaine.

Washington and Lee High School, Arlington, Virginia
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; left before graduating
Studied acting with Stella Adler

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