Warren Beatty Is a Proud Dad of 4 Kids and a Doting Husband
Warren Beatty famously dated the most beautiful women in Hollywood during his years as a celebrity, but only when he passed 50, he settled with the one who remains his wife after 27 years.
Warren Beatty, the younger sibling to Shirley MacLaine, built a successful career as an actor, producer, and director spanning five decades, rising to stardom in the late 60s after starring in “Bonnie and Clyde.”
Beatty is one of only seven in Hollywood with Oscar nominations for Best Director and Best Actor in the same film. Furthermore, only Beatty and Clint Eastwood have done it twice!
Beatty earned them with "Heaven Can Wait" and "Reds." He was also nominated for Best Writer, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Picture for both films, and won Best Director for "Reds."
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences nominated Beatty 15 times, and eight films he produced have earned a total of 53 Academy nominations.
In 2000, he received the Academy's highest honor, the Irving G. Thalberg Award, and in March 2013, Beatty was inducted into the California Hall of Fame.
BEFORE HIS CAREER
Both of whom passed, his parents raised him and his sister to be self-confident, explaining they weren't people engaged in pointing out limitations.
50 years ago today, #TheOnlyGameInTown premiered in theaters, with Elizabeth starring opposite #WarrenBeatty. In the film, Elizabeth’s character, a Las Vegas chorus-line dancer, drifts into an affair with a pianist & compulsive gambler (played by Beatty).#ElizabethTaylor pic.twitter.com/XFpQBjtLex— Elizabeth Taylor (@ElizabethTaylor) January 21, 2021
Beatty was a great student, 1955 high school class president, and excelled at American football. In fact, he received ten football scholarship offers to colleges around the country!
He chose instead to enroll in a liberal arts course at Northwestern University. He dropped out after only a year, saying the education was not serious enough.
After Northwestern, Beatty moved to New York and took acting lessons at the Stella Adler Studio, taking odd jobs to pay his way, washing dishes, digging the Lincoln Tunnel, and occasionally as a pianist at cocktail-bars.
It was around this time he earned the reputation as Shirley MacLaine's bratty little brother. That reputation stayed with him for quite some time.
With almost every film came a highly publicized affair with the leading lady: Natalie Wood in "Splendor In The Grass;" Julie Christie in "Shampoo;" Diane Keaton in "Reds;" Madonna in "Dick Tracy;" and Annette Bening in "Bugsy" and then "Love Affair."
The list of the women Beatty reportedly bedded includes Mary Tyler Moore, Carly Simon, Melanie Griffith, Vanessa Redgrave, Candice Bergen, Daryl Hannah, Raquel Welch, and Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia!
Carly Simon’s 1972 hit song “You’re So Vain” was dissected and debated for years to try to identify who she sang about. Beatty was one of the more popular candidates.
In 2015, Simon admitted that Beatty inspired the song, but only the second verse. She joked that Beatty thought the whole song was about him, proving the lyrics right!
Beatty made "Shampoo" while dating actress Julie Christie. She agreed to be in the movie only for Beatty’s sake. That didn’t stop him from having an affair with their co-star, Goldie Hawn, during filming.
And, in 1962, 25-year-old Beatty met Marilyn Monroe at a producer’s home during a party. According to a 2016 interview with Beatty, the two spent the evening together.
Beatty played piano for her, and they had a moonlit walk along the shore, which he described as more soulful than romantic. Monroe died the next day. Beatty is believed to be one of the last people to see her alive.
Annette Bening started as a stage actress in the late ‘80s, making her debut on the big screen in the 1988 comedy “The Great Outdoors,” and was nominated for an Academy Award on four occasions.
She studied for a master’s at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and worked in repertory on the West Coast and in the Rockies.
In the mid-’80s, she moved to New York, where she booked a role in an Off-Broadway comedy, Tina Howe’s “Coastal Disturbances,” for which Bening received her first Tony nomination.
Her breakout Hollywood role came with "The Grifters." Her "artful" portrayal as a con artist resulted in the first of several Academy Award nominations.
Her performance also brought Warren Beatty's attention, who cast her as Virginia Hill, starring opposite him in "Bugsy." Thereafter, she starred as Queen Elizabeth in the 1995 production of "Richard III."
Other notable performances include the obsessive, pushy mother/real estate agent in "American Beauty" and "Being Julia." Both performances earned Oscar nominations.
27 YEARS OF MARRIAGE
Warren Beatty’s notorious reputation as a ladies' man was Annette Bening's issue when he wanted to settle down. According to Bening, many of her friends and family were concerned about the relationship.
Some brought up the 21-year difference between them. However, the marriage has lasted until today! As to their secret, Bening said:
“There is no secret as anyone who’s been married knows. We have an incredible family; we have beautiful children. We’ve been through a lot.”
The two met for the first time when Beatty cast Bening for his 1991 film “Bugsy,” and the former was immediately taken by the latter, becoming infatuated by the actress over a work lunch.
While the two promised to keep things platonic while making the film, Beatty reportedly knew since he met the star that he wanted to marry her, and as the shooting approached its end, he finally asked her out to dinner.
Without wasting any time, the couple married in 1992, with Beatty being so committed to the relationship that he took a break from work for a while as he focused on the next chapter of his life, which involved raising a family.
THEY SHARE FOUR CHILDREN
On January 2, 1992, the couple welcomed their first child, and three siblings followed. Their firstborn, 27-year-old Stephen Beatty, was born biologically female, but he came out as transgender at age 14.
While his parents initially had a hard time accepting this fact, Warren later called Stephen his “hero.”Originally named Kathlyn, Stephen Beatty describes himself as "a gay trans man for whom both identities are important."
In a 2012 video for WeHappyTrans, Stephen said he began transitioning when he was 14-years-old, crediting his friends and peers for their support over the years.
25-year-old Benjamin Beatty came second, and he seems to have followed his parents’ steps, making appearances on “Hail, Caesar!” (2016) and “UFO” (2018).
Also an aspiring actress, 22-year-old Isabel Beatty has five acting credits on IMDb, with guest appearances on TV apart from starring in a couple of short films.
Nineteen-year-old Ella Beatty is the youngest of the siblings. Like her older sister, Isabel did in 2014, Ella debuted at the Debutante Ball in France at age 16 in 2016. She is currently a student at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City.
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