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Career-Making Movie Roles

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Annette Benning in 'The Grifters'

Anette Benning played a few small parts in television and film before hitting it big in 1990's "The Grifters." She received her first Academy Award nomination for her role next to Anjelica Houston and John Cusack.

From there, the no longer unknown Benning nabbed roles in movies like "Bugsy" and "Regarding Henry."

Benning is nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for her role in "The Kids Are All Right." She has been nominated three times in the past.

(Photo: Cineplex-Odeon Films)

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