Warren Beatty and Annette Bening, 21-Year Age Difference

Warren Beatty and Annette Bening

Warren Beatty and Annette BeningWhen it comes to Hollywood’s power cou­ples, War­ren Beatty and Annette Ben­ing still reign. Both are suc­cess­ful actors in their own rights, and with the 21-year age dif­fer­ence between them, the celebrity cou­ple is the per­fect demon­stra­tion of how a May-December relationship—and, in this case, marriage—can work just as well as a more tra­di­tional one.

War­ren Beatty first started act­ing in 1957—one year before Ben­ing was born—with minor appear­ances on var­i­ous tele­vi­sion shows. In 1961, he made his film debut in Splen­dor in the Grass, and despite it being his first movie role, Beatty earned crit­i­cal praise for his per­for­mance, not to men­tion a Golden Globe nom­i­na­tion for Best Actor. He con­tin­ued ris­ing to the top with steady film roles. Then, in 1967, Beatty’s celebrity sta­tus hit an all new high when he pro­duced and starred in Bon­nie and Clyde. The film earned 10 Oscar nom­i­na­tions, includ­ing Best Actor and Best Pic­ture, as well as seven Golden Globe nom­i­na­tions. The film is still regarded today as a classic.

When Ben­ing first entered the film scene in 1988, Beatty seemed to be near­ing the end of his. For­tu­nately, he still had a few good years left in him because it was his career as an actor that would bring him together with Ben­ing. The pair teamed up to play lovers in the 1991 film Bugsy—Beatty played the iconic mob­ster Bugsy Siegel, and Ben­ing played his famous girl­friend, Vir­ginia Hill. There was obvi­ously chem­istry between them on set because one year later, the celebrity cou­ple got married.

When news of their mar­riage first sur­faced, peo­ple were sur­prised that Beatty was actu­ally set­tling down—he had become known as quite the play­boy, romanc­ing a bevy of beau­ties, many of whom were much younger than he was. Nonethe­less, when he mar­ried Ben­ing, he was in his mid-50s and real­ized that it was time to start think­ing real­is­ti­cally about his future. “After years of run­ning around and hav­ing a good time, I began to real­ize with some embar­rass­ment that in most ways my movies all seem to return to one fairly uno­rig­i­nal recur­ring theme: ‘Love con­quers all,’” said the actor. “I don’t know if it’s true, but it seems to be true for me.”

Ben­ing knew what she was get­ting into by get­ting together with an older, promis­cu­ous man, but for her, it was worth it. “I didn’t have any pre­con­cep­tions about him. He didn’t have any about me either. This wasn’t about how many women he had been out with. Sure he likes women. Why shouldn’t he? He makes you feel good. Well, he made me feel good,” she admit­ted, adding, “I think we both knew pretty early on in Bugsy what was going on between us.”

Ben­ing seems to be just what Beatty needed because, after over two decades of mar­riage and four kids together, the celebrity cou­ple has never been more in love. And Beatty says he’s more than happy tak­ing only one woman to bed every night. “For me, the high­est level of sex­ual excite­ment is in a monog­a­mous rela­tion­ship. I would hate myself if I failed to live up to it.”

Source(s) for Today’s Arti­cle:
Bour­saw, J., “Anto­nio Ban­deras, War­ren Beatty Reveal Secrets to Long Mar­riage,” PopEater web site; http://goo.gl/SQNKOy, last accessed August 7, 2013.
Stritof, S., et al., “Annette Ben­ing and War­ren Beatty Mar­riage Pro­file,” About.com web site; http://goo.gl/JmQBDq, last accessed August 7, 2013.
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