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The Man Who Loved Women is 81 years-old/ Warren Beatty

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Everything about Warren Beatty is propitious.

His sister, Shirley MacLaine, is a big movie star, but he refuses to capitalize on her name.

He debuts on Broadway and is nominated for a Tony Award.

 The play Is by William Inge, which gives him an opportunity to make his Hollywood debut in a William Inge original screenplay, directed by Streetcar/ Waterfront/ East of Eden director Elia Kazan and, playing opposite one of the top Hollywood female stars, Natalie Wood.  Propitious  may not be a big enough word for Warren.

He has success in the movies, but insists on becoming a producer. He's pushing his own movie. He Has trouble selling it in Hollywood: Who wants Warren's gangster movie? Somehow he gets Jack Warner to finance it and Bonnie and Clyde becomes the hit of the 1967 season with 10 Academy Award nominations, including one for him as best actor.

In all Warren has garnered 14 Academy Award nominations for acting, producing, writing, and directing.

He won best director for Reds in 1981.

Of the eight films that he has produced, they have received 53 Academy Award nominations in total.

In recognition of his achievement in Cinema, the Academy honored him with the prestigious Irving G Thalberg Award in 1999.


Warren's successful reputation in cinema only pales in relation to his public reputation as a Serial Ladies Man with his top movie star leading ladies.

Starting with his first Hollywood Leading Lady Natalie Wood and ending with his wife  Annette Bening, who is also the mother of his four children.

If you can name all of Warren's ladies,  you are probably doing better than he is at this point. LOL


So Happy Birthday to Warren- - AFI Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, as well as a recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors.

Warren has done it all.


BTW-- His opening number for Shampoo shows that he also has superb taste in music. Woody Allen could learn something from him here. LOL

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On 3/29/2018 at 11:00 PM, jakeem said:
...Warren Beatty (born Henry Warren Beaty on March 30, 1937), the legendary leading man and filmmaker who is the only person to be Oscar-nominated four times in one year for acting, producing, directing and screenwriting. And he did it twice -- once for "Heaven Can Wait" (1978) and the other time for "Reds" (1981).
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 Beatty has earned an impressive 14 Academy Award nominations in five different categories, winning once:

  • Clyde Barrow in "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).
  • Joe Pendleton in "Heaven Can Wait" (1978).
  • John Reed in "Reds" (1981).
  • Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel in "Bugsy" (1991).
  • "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). Nominated with Buck Henry.
  • "Reds" (1981). WON
  • "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967).
  • "Heaven Can Wait" (1978).
  • "Reds" (1981).
  • "Bugsy" (1991). Nominated with co-producers Mark Johnson and Barry Levinson.
  • "Shampoo" (1975). Nominated with Robert Towne.
  • "Reds" (1981). Nominated with Trevor Griffiths.
  • "Bulworth" (1998). Nominated with Jeremy Pikser.
  • "Heaven Can Wait" (1978). Nominated with Elaine May.
He was born in Richmond, Virginia as the younger brother of Shirley MacLean Beaty (she doctored her middle name and used it as her professional surname, MacLaine. He later added another 't' to the family's last name when he followed her into acting). "Both my parents came to think of themselves as failures," she once recalled. "Mum wanted to act and my dad wanted to join the circus. My parents put aside their own interests for our family. It was a house of longings and disappointment, and my brother and I felt that." 
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In Season 1 of the CBS sitcom "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" -- which starred Dwayne Hickman as author Max Schulman's teen character -- Tuesday Weld and Beatty played Dobie's classmates Thalia Menninger and Milton Armitage, respectively. Beatty appeared in five episodes, but left the series to become a movie star. 
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Beatty made an auspicious screen debut opposite Natalie Wood in "Splendor in te Grass" (1961), based on an original screenplay by the playwright Wlliam Inge ("Picnic"). Inge won an Oscar for creating the drama about star-crossed teens (Wood and Beatty) whose relationship is thwarted by the mores of 1920s Kansas. Wood received a Best Actress nomination for her performance as the lovelorn Wilma Dean "Deanie" Loomis. Beatty earned acclaim for his performance as Deanie's high school love interest Bud Stamper. The drama was produced and directed by Elia Kazan, who won Academy Awards for the films "Gentleman's Agreement" (1948) and "On the Waterfront" (1954). 
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In the 1962 drama "All Fall Down," Beatty played a ne'er-do-well womanizer who romanced an older woman (Eva Marie Saint). Directed by John Frankenheimer, the film also starred Karl Malden, Dame Angela Lansbury and Brandon de Wilde. The film's screenplay was adapted by Inge from the 1960 novel by James Leo Herlihy ("Midnight Cowboy").
Beatty became romantically involved with the French actress Leslie Caron, his co-star in the 1966 comedy "Promise Her Anything." Their affair broke up her marriage to Sir Peter Hall, the prominent British theater director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company. Caron once wrote that she and Beatty approached the French filmmaker François Truffaut about Beatty's possible participation in the movie version of "Fahrenheit 451." Truffaut said the lead role belonged to the German actor Oskar Werner, who starred in the director's "Jules et Jim" (1962). But Truffaut suggested that Beatty look into a screenplay about the 1930s bank robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow.
"Bonnie and Clyde" received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director (Arthur Penn). It also earned Oscar nominations for all five actors who played members of the Barrow Gang -- Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard and Estelle Parsons. The film won awards for Best Supporting Actress (Parsons, as Clyde's excitable sister-in-law Blanche) and Best Cinematography (Burnett Guffey). Robert Benton, who collaborated on the screenplay with his writing partner David Newman, has called the film "an American French New Wave movie.” Robert Towne, who later won a 1974 Oscar for his "Chinatown" original screenplay, was listed as a consultant. He did final revisions to Newman and Benton's screenplay but did not receive a screenwriting credit.Although the film drew widespread attention -- and criticism -- because of its emphasis on violence, the critic Pauline Kael raved about it in The New Yorker as "the most excitingly American American movie since 'The Manchurian Candidate'." 
Mostly set on November 5, 1968 -- the day Richard Nixon first was elected president -- the Hollywood satire "Shampoo" (1975) reunited Beatty and Goldie Hawn, who co-starred in the 1971 heist film "$" (pronounced "Dollars"). Their new effort, directed by Hal Ashby, tstarred Beatty as George Roundby -- a popular Beverly Hills hairdresser who made a lot of personal calls on his motorbike. He also happened to be managing a great balancing act. In addition to his actress-girlfriend Jill (played by Hawn), he was intimate with his ex (Julie Christie) -- who happened to be Jill's best friend and the mistress of a philandering businessman (Jack Warden). Meanwhile, George wound up having sex with the businessman's wife (Lee Grant, in her Oscar-winning performance) and nubile daughter (Carrie Fisher, in her screen debut). It all came to a head at a couple of Election Night parties. The film also received Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay (Beatty and Robert Towne), Best Supporting Actor (Warden) and Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell and George Gaines).
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When Beatty decided in the 1970s to remake the 1941 classic fantasy "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," he wanted heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali to play the prematurely departed boxer Joe Pendleton. But the real-life prizefighter was unavailable. As a result, Beatty, a star high school football player in Virginia, decided to play Pendleton himself -- and as a quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams. The 1978 remake -- titled "Heaven Can Wait" -- was a major box-office hit in 1978. It also received several Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. Beatty's co-star was his former girlfriend Christie. Their real-life love affair had been over for some time when this movie was filmed. But their characters set off serious romantic sparks just by making eye contact.

In the drama "Reds," Beatty starred as the American journalist John Reed (1887-1920), who witnessed the 1917 Russian Revolution and wrote about it in his book "Ten Days That Shook the World." The film also is the story of Reed's romance and marriage to the feminist and writer Louise Bryant (portrayed by Diane Keaton). The production also starred Jack Nicholson (as playwright Eugene O'Neill), Maureen Stapleton (as political acvitivst Emma Goldman), Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski, Paull Sorvino, William Daniels, M. Emmet Walsh and Gene Hackman. Beatty produced and directed the film and co-wrote it with Trevor Griffiths.  
"Reds" was up for 12 nominations at the 54th annual Academy Awards ceremony held on March 29, 1982. It won for Best Director (Beatty), Best Supporting Actress (Stapleton) and Best Cinematography (Vittorio Storaro). 
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Dustin Hoffman and France's Isabelle Adjani teamed with Beatty for the 1987 comedy "Ishtar," which became one of the movies' most talked-about box-office disasters. The actress, who is of Algerian and German descent, played Shirra Assel -- a mysterious woman who got two American entertainers involved in political intrigue in North Africa. The film was written and directed by Elaine May.

Beatty co-starred with actress Annette Bening in "Bugsy," the 1991 biopic that featured the actor as mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel (1906-47) -- the man instrumental in the development of the Las Vegas Strip. She portrayed Virginia Hill, Siegel's girlfriend. Directed by Barry Levinson, the drama was nominated for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Beatty), Best Supporting Actor (Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley) and Best Original Screenplay (James Toback). It won Oscars for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration (Dennis Gassner, Nancy Haigh) and Best Costume Design (Albert Wolsky). Bening married Beatty -- one of Hollywood's most eligible bachelors -- in 1992. They have four children.

Halle Berry co-starred with Beatty in "Bulworth" (1998), the political comedy about a world-weary U.S. senator who abandoned a conventional re-election campaign and said what was really on his mind. He also discovered hip hop along the way. The film was co-written, co-produced and directed by Beatty.
In 2000, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented Beatty with the Irving G. Thalberg Memoraial Award, which goes to a producer with an excellent body of work. It was presented to him by his friend and sometime co-star Jack Nicholson.
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On June 12, 2008, Beatty became the 36th recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. He was presented the honor by actor Al Pacino at a star-studded ceremony.His sister was honored four years later.
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Beatty did not release a film from 2002 to 2015, but he resurfaced in 2016 as the writer, producer, director and star of the Howard Hughes biopic "Rules Don't Apply." The picture earned only $3.7 million (according to boxofficemojo.com) during a brief run in theaters.
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On March 4, 2018, Dunaway and Beatty presented the Best Picture award to the producers of "The Shape of Water" at the 90th annual Academy Awards -- one year after the shocking snafu caused when they were given an incorrect envelope.
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 Wouldn't it be nice to see a sequel for Bonnie and Clyde? Nice but maybe not probable.

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