For Bening, the decision to get into acting was never a conscious choice. "I felt like it was just there, like a heartbeat was there," she told CBS's 60 Minutes in 2005. "It's just so much a part of me. Once I got interested, that was it." And the career that seems to have chosen her has certainly paid off. In addition to four Oscar nominations – The Grifters in 1990, American Beauty in 1999, Being Julia in 2004 and The Kids Are All Right in 2010 – this California girl even managed to turn notorious playboy Warren Beatty into a one-woman man since 1992.