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Warren Beatty

Warren BeattyAKA Henry Warren Beaty

Born: 30-Mar-1937
Birthplace: Richmond, VA

Gender: Male
Religion: Baptist
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dick Tracy

"I've always been antagonized by the Freudian Victorian assumption that a hyperactive life with women was necessarily a manifestation of misogynistic feelings or latent homosexuality."

In one of his first prominent roles, Beatty played Dobie's rival for the affections of Thalia on TV's Dobie Gillis. Beatty, though, thought the role was ludicrous, and left the series after its first season. He was nominated for a Tony starring on Broadway in a 1959 production of William Inge's A Loss of Roses, and he became a prominent actor with his first film role, opposite Natalie Wood in the teen melodrama Splendor in the Grass.

A notorious womanizer, Beatty dated Natalie Wood while making Splendor, but once abandoned her in a restaurant when he made a successful pass at a pretty waitress. Over the next thirty years of his life, Beatty was often paparazzi fodder for his many affairs with many co-stars, princesses, and ordinary, un-famous beauties. Woody Allen once joked that if he believed in reincarnation, he would like to come back as Beatty's fingertips. In 2009, a Beatty biographer concluded that Beatty bedded "12,775 women, give or take, a figure that does not include daytime quickies, drive-bys, casual gropings, stolen kisses and so on." Beatty's people promptly and publicly disputed that math.

In the early 1970s, Beatty briefly dated singer-songwriter Carly Simon, who subsequently had a hit singing, "You're so vain / I'll bet you think this song is about you". For decades, rumors have swirled that Simon wrote the song about Beatty, but the closest she has ever come to confirming it was in a 1983 interview, when she said of Beatty, "He certainly thought it was about him. He called me and said thanks for the song." After decades of plowing all the fertile ground in Hollywood, Beatty, then 54, married his Bugsy co-star Bening in 1992. Despite predictions of philandering, Beatty seems to have mellowed into a traditional family man, and the couple now has four children.

Only six years after his first film, Beatty produced and starred in Bonnie & Clyde with Faye Dunaway. A huge box office and critical success, the film was nominated for ten Oscars and won two. Beatty is the only person to twice earn Oscar nominations in all four major categories -- acting, writing, directing, and producing. He won the award for directing Reds, a huge, sweeping drama based on the life of American communist John Reed. Beatty also co-wrote, produced, and played the lead. Beatty's other films include Robert Altman's western McCabe & Mrs. Miller, the paranoid thriller The Parallax View, the romantic comedy Heaven Can Wait, and the gangster drama Bugsy. He also produced and starred with Dustin Hoffman in one of Hollywood's legendary box office bombs, the desert musical-comedy Ishtar. His long career as a movie star seems to have stalled, with most of his recent films flopping at the box office. His last moderately successful film was the odd but amusing Bulworth in 1998, in which Beatty played an aging white politician using rap to run for re-election.

An outspoken liberal, he has campaigned for every Democratic presidential candidate since John F. Kennedy. Beatty was rumored for many years to have political aspirations, but his lecherous past would probably present problems in any run for office.

The highest-grossing film of Beatty's career was 1990's Dick Tracy, with Madonna and Glenne Headly. Beatty had purchased the film rights to the comic strip character, and directed and produced the film. In 2002, Beatty sued Tribune Media Services, part of the corporation that owns the Chicago Tribune, when TMS claimed that film rights to the character had reverted to its control, blocking Beatty from making a sequel. As of 2006, the lawsuit has not yet been concluded.

Father: Ira O. Beaty (public school administrator, d. 1987)
Mother: Kathlyn MacLean Beaty (drama teacher, d. 1994)
Sister: Shirley MacLaine (actress)
Wife: Annette Bening (actress, m. 12-Mar-1992, four children)
Daughter: Kathlyn Beatty (b. 1992)
Son: Ben Beatty (b. 23-Aug-1994)
Daughter: Isabel Ira Ashley Beatty (b. 11-Jan-1997)
Daughter: Ella Corinne Beatty (b. 8-Apr-2000)
Girlfriend: Isabelle Adjani, Carol Alt, Brigitte Bardot, Justine Bateman
Girlfriend: Candice Bergen, Maria Callas, Leslie Caron, Judy Carne, Cher
Girlfriend: Julie Christie, Connie Chung, Joan Collins, Janice Dickinson
Girlfriend: Faye Dunaway, Britt Ekland, Princess Elizabeth of Yugoslavia, Jane Fonda
Girlfriend: Melanie Griffith, Dayle Haddon, Daryl Hannah, Barbara Harris
Girlfriend: Goldie Hawn, Brooke Hayward, Lillian Hellman, Margaux Hemingway
Girlfriend: Barbara Hershey, Kate Jackson, Bianca Jagger, Diane Keaton
Girlfriend: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Vivien Leigh, Elle Macpherson, Madonna
Girlfriend: Princess Margaret, Linda McCartney, Robin Menken, Barbara Minty
Girlfriend: Joni Mitchell, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Phillips, Vanessa Redgrave
Girlfriend: Diana Ross, Jessica Savitch, Diane Sawyer, Jean Seberg
Girlfriend: Stephanie Seymour, Carly Simon, Inger Stevens, Barbra Streisand
Girlfriend: Liv Ullmann, Mamie Van Doren, Lana and Natalie Wood, Susannah York ...

    High School: Washington-Lee High School, Arlington, VA (1947)
    University: Northwestern University (dropped out)

    Afghanistan World Foundation Celebrity Committee
    amfAR National Council
    Council on Foreign Relations
    Center for National Policy
    Gore 2000
    Nader 2000
    Sigma Chi Fraternity
    Oscar for Best Director 1981 for Reds
    Golden Globe 1962 (Best New Star of the Year)
    Kennedy Center Honor 2004

    TELEVISION
    The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Milton Armitage (1959-60)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS DIRECTOR
    Bulworth (15-May-1998)
    Dick Tracy (15-Jun-1990)
    Reds (3-Dec-1981)
    Heaven Can Wait (28-Jun-1978)

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    One Bright Shining Moment (16-Sep-2005) · Himself
    Easy Riders, Raging Bulls (18-Jan-2003) · Himself
    Town & Country (27-Apr-2001)
    Bulworth (15-May-1998) · Jay Bulworth
    Love Affair (21-Oct-1994)
    Bugsy (13-Dec-1991) · Bugsy Siegel
    Madonna: Truth or Dare (10-May-1991) · Himself
    Dick Tracy (15-Jun-1990) · Dick Tracy
    Ishtar (15-May-1987) · Lyle Rogers
    George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (25-Sep-1984) · Himself
    Reds (3-Dec-1981) · John Reed
    Heaven Can Wait (28-Jun-1978)
    The Fortune (20-May-1975) · Nicky
    Shampoo (11-Feb-1975)
    The Parallax View (14-Jun-1974)
    Dollars (15-Dec-1971) · Joe Collins
    McCabe & Mrs. Miller (24-Jun-1971)
    The Only Game in Town (21-Jan-1970) · Joe Grady
    Bonnie and Clyde (13-Aug-1967) · Clyde Barrow
    Kaleidoscope (Jul-1966) · Barney Lincoln
    Promise Her Anything (22-Feb-1966) · Harley Rummel
    Mickey One (27-Sep-1965) · Mickey
    Lilith (20-Sep-1964) · Vincent Bruce
    All Fall Down (11-Apr-1962) · Berry-Berry Willart
    The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (28-Dec-1961) · Paolo di Leo
    Splendor in the Grass (10-Oct-1961) · Bud Stamper


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