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  • Constance Rosenblum

Hedda Gabler to Medea to Frazzled Mom

By Constance Rosenblum

December 30, 2010

ANNETTE BENING has portrayed many women in her life. On the big screen she has embodied a conniving widow (in “Valmont”), a giggly con artist (“The Grifters”), a sexy mob moll (“Bugsy”), a feisty environmental activist (“The American President”), an adulterous suburban wife (“American Beauty”) and a fading British actress (“Being Julia”). Off the big screen her portrayals have included a private school headmistress turned convicted murderer (“Mrs. Harris” on HBO) and straight woman to the Cookie Monster on video.


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