Annette Bening (photo by Jon Rou)

Photo by Jon Rou


Annette Bening to be honored at the Museum's annual gala Salute

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 583 Park Avenue
Following a preview screening of
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool at the Paris Theatre

On screen, stage, and television, Annette Bening is one of America's finest living actresses. From her Broadway debut in Tina Howe's Coastal Disturbances to her emotionally complex performance last year in 20th Century Women and now as movie star Gloria Grahame in the upcoming Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, her stunning range as an actress has always been staggering and uncompromising. The Museum is thrilled to be honoring Ms. Bening at its 31st annual Salute.

The evening opens with a special screening of Bening's new film at the Paris Theatre, immediately followed by red carpet, Salute, and dinner at 583 Park Ave at 63rd Street.

Bening joins the ranks of past honorees who have received the Museum’s Salute. Past honorees include Warren Beatty, Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Robert De Niro, Goldie Hawn, Dustin Hoffman, Tom Hanks, Hugh Jackman, Steve Martin, Julianne Moore, Al Pacino, Sidney Poitier, Julia Roberts, Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Jimmy Stewart.

Annette Bening is a four-time Academy Award nominee, two-time Golden Globe, and Screen Actors Guild Award winner. She was last seen in A24’s 20th Century Women directed by Mike Mills, for which she received her eighth Golden Globe nomination, as well as Warren Beatty’s Rules Don’t Apply. Upcoming for Bening is Paul McGuigan’s Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool with Jamie Bell; Michael Mayer’s adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play The Seagull, opposite Saoirse Ronan; Dan Fogelman’s drama Life, Itself with Olivia Wilde, Oscar Isaac, Samuel L. Jackson, and Antonio Banderas; and Christoph Waltz’s directorial debut Georgetown, opposite Waltz and Vanessa Redgrave.

Bening has appeared in over 35 feature films, including Danny Collins, The Search, The Face of Love, Ruby Sparks, Girl Most Likely, Ginger & Rosa, The Kids Are Alright, Mother and Child, Being Julia, American Beauty, In Dreams, The Siege, The American President, Mars Attacks!, Richard III, Love Affair, Bugsy, Regarding Henry, The Grifters, Guilty by Suspicion, Valmont, Postcards from the Edge, and The Great Outdoors. Bening also recently appeared in The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story for television.

In addition to her screen honors, Bening received a Tony Award nomination and won the Clarence Derwent Award for Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season for her role in Coastal Disturbances. She was last seen on stage in Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park production of King Lear. Additional theater credits include Ruth Draper Monologues at Geffen Playhouse, Anton Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard at Mark Taper Forum, Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads at Tiffany Theater, Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler at Geffen Playhouse, and Medea at UCLA.

The Salute will help support the Museum's education and community engagement programs, which serve youth and adults, and children and their families, most of whom are residents of the most ethnically diverse region in the world, Queens.

Individual tickets to the event start at $1,500, and tables at $15,000. For more information or to reserve your ticket/table, please contact Emily Kline at Event Associates at 212 245 6570.