I don’t know what role or movie really stands out to me as Annette Bening’s best or why I wanted to do a WCW on her. But I like watching her onscreen perhaps because she always strikes me as a grown-ass woman of an actress. She’s not one of those ingenues who slowly mature into their careers. She jumped out fully formed, like Athena, into the movies, giving us great characterizations. As Bening said herself:
“I didn’t do a movie until I was almost 30. I’m grateful for that because it gave me a chance to be an adult in the world and do work in the regional theater that very few people cared about. I loved it and I wanted to do that stuff.”
Let’s admire the frock flick side of her film work!
Merteuil in Valmont (1989)
Ruth Merrill in Guilty by Suspicion (1991)
Virginia Hill in Bugsy (1991)
Queen Elizabeth in Richard III (1995)
Julia Lambert in Being Julia (2004)
Bella in Ginger & Rosa (2012)
Lucy Mabrey in Rules Don’t Apply (2016)
Irina in The Seagull (2018)
Euphemia Bouc in Death on the Nile (2022)
What’s your favorite historical costume movie role of Annette Bening’s?