About Henry Warren Beaty
He is an American actor, producer, screenwriter and director.
Beatty was born Henry Warren Beaty in Richmond, Virginia's Bellevue neighborhood. His mother, Kathlyn Corinne (née MacLean), was a Nova Scotia–born drama teacher, and his father, Ira Owens Beaty, was a professor of psychology, a public school administrator, and a real estate agent.Beatty's grandparents were also teachers. The family was Baptist. His father moved the family from Richmond to Norfolk, Virginia, and then to Arlington, Virginia, where he became a middle school principal. The family also lived in Waverly, Virginia, in the 1930s. Beatty's sister, three years his senior, is the multi-award winning actress and writer Shirley MacLaine.
Beatty was a star football player at Washington-Lee High School, in Arlington, Virginia. Encouraged to act by the success of his sister, who had recently established herself as a Hollywood star, he decided to work as a stagehand at the National Theater in Washington, D.C., during the summer prior to his senior year. This enabled him to establish contact with a few famous actors. Upon graduation from high school, he turned down 10 football scholarships to enroll in drama school.
He studied acting and directing at the Northwestern University school of drama. While at Northwestern, he appeared in the annual Dolphin show. He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. He dropped out after his freshman year to enroll in the Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting in New York City. By the age of twenty-two, Beatty had appeared in about forty Off Broadway productions. He garnered a best actor Tony Award nomination in 1960 for his performance in William Inge's drama A Loss of Roses. It was to be his only appearance on the Broadway stage.
Beatty has had relationships with singers Madonna, Cher, Carly Simon, Michelle Phillips, actresses Natalie Wood, her sister Lana Wood, Julie Christie, Leslie Caron, Joan Collins, Ann-Margret, Diane Keaton, Isabelle Adjani, Mary Tyler Moore and supermodel Stephanie Seymour.
Partner Julie Christie (1967-1974)
Spouse Annette Bening (1992–present)
In 1989, he recorded the duet, "Now I'm Following You" with Madonna for her 1990 album, I'm Breathless.
His best friend is Jack Nicholson. Other close friends include the late Marlon Brando, the late Dennis Hopper, Sean Penn, Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, Robert Downey Jr., the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, and Roman Polanski.
After years of dating many famous women, he married Annette Bening on March 10, 1992, with whom he co-starred in the film Bugsy. They have four children: Kathlyn (born January 8, 1992), Benjamin (born August 23, 1994), Isabel (born January 11, 1997) and Ella (born April 8, 2000).