Annette Bening

6th Annual Santa Barbara International Film Festival - Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film Gala - Arrivals

Bening in 2011, photo by PrPhotos

Birth Name: Annette Carol Bening

Place of Birth: Topeka, Kansas, U.S.

Date of Birth: May 29, 1958

Ethnicity: German, English, Irish, distant Welsh

Annette Bening is an American actress. Her roles include Bugsy, The American President, Mars Attacks!, American Beauty, and Being Julia. She is married to actor Warren Beatty, with whom she has four children.

Annette’s paternal grandfather was Erwin William Bening (the son of Grant W. Bening and Rosa C. Schulze). Erwin was born in Iowa. Grant was born in Missouri, the son of German parents, Ferdinand Benning and Maria Hamann. Rosa was born in Illinois, the daughter of German parents, Louis Schulze and Friedericke Kanning.

Annette’s paternal grandmother was Margaret Jane Arnett (the daughter of Arthur A. Arnett and Margaret Jane “Jenny”/”Jennie” Barrett). Annette’s grandmother Margaret was born in South Dakota. Arthur was born in Little Hereford, Herefordshire, England, the son of John Bill Arnett and Sarah Elizabeth Robotham. Annette’s great-grandmother Margaret was born in Minnesota, to an Irish father, David Barrett, and a Canadian mother, Jane.

Annette’s maternal grandfather was Roy Edgar Ashley (the son of Hugh Monroe Ashley and Mary Ida Harmon). Roy was born in Iowa, to Iowa-born parents. Hugh was the son of Nathan Farnsworth Ashley and Elmina Mariah/Maria Ashley. Annette’s great-grandmother Mary Ida was the daughter of William Nelson Harmon and Clarissa Emily Howery.

Annette’s maternal grandmother Mayme Katherine Bradfield (the daughter of Andrew Bradfield and Esther Jane Bradfield Little). Mayme was born in South Dakota, to a father from Indiana and a mother from Iowa. Andrew was the son of Carey Bradfield and Atlantic Ocean Beals. Esther was the daughter of John Little and Mary Jane Hamilton.

Sources: Genealogy of Annette Bening –

Annette’s paternal grandfather, Erwin William Bening, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

Annette’s paternal grandmother, Margaret Jane Arnett, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Annette Bening (focusing on her mother’s side) –

Annette’s mother on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Annette’s maternal great-grandmother, Mary Ida Harmon (focusing on her own father’s side) –

Genealogy of Annette’s maternal grandmother, Mayme Katherine Bradfield –

3 Responses

  1. bablah says:

    >Arthur was born in Little Hereford, Herefordshire, England, to John Bill Arnett and Sarah Elizabeth Robotham.

  2. ethnic says:

    Here’s some more of Annette Bening’s ancestry through her
    great-great-grandfather Nathan Farnsworth Ashley (father of Hugh):

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