TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Eighteen — Warren Beatty

Beautiful. And more.

Warren Beatty was, in my estimation, one of Hollywood’s most beautiful men.

But he was more than just easy on the eyes. He proved in countless films that behind that pretty face was not only a superb actor, but an outstanding writer, director and producer as well. (Talk about the complete package!)


Henry Warren Beaty was born on March 30, 1937, in Richmond, Virginia, the second of two children of Ira, a teacher and school administrator, and Kathlyn, who also worked as a teacher. Beatty’s older sibling is actress Shirley MacLaine. The family eventually moved to Arlington. Some sources say that Beatty first became interested in the movies during his adolescence, when his sister would take him to the theater.

Young Warrren

The summer before his senior year of high school, Warren worked as a stagehand at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. After his graduation, he enrolled in Northwestern University, but he left after his first year to study acting in New York at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting. His career began on television, with appearances on shows like Studio One and Playhouse 90, and he was a semi-regular on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis during its first season. In his sole Broadway performance, in A Loss of Roses, Warren was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.

Beatty made his big screen debut in Splendor in the Grass (1961) opposite Natalie Wood. For his performance, he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year – Actor.


Beatty and Bening and baby.

  • Beatty is the only person to have been Academy Award-nominated for acting, directing, writing, and producing the same film – and he did it twice, for Heaven Can Wait (1978) and for Reds (1981).
  • Much has been made about the beautiful and famous women Beatty dated before getting married. These included (but, as they say, were not limited to) Julie Christie, Diane Keaton, Leslie Caron, Joan Collins, Mary Tyler Moore, Natalie Wood, and Madonna. (Incidentally, in 2015, singer-songwriter Carly Simon stated that the second verse of her 1972 hit song ‘You’re So Vain’ was about Beatty, who she dated at one time.)
  • Beatty has been married since 1992 to actress Annette Bening. When Beatty and Bening got married, he was 54 and she was 33. They have four children.
  • Beatty served as a pallbearer at the funeral of Sen. John McCain.
  • In 2000, Beatty was given the Irving G. Thalberg Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The award is given to “creative producers whose bodies of work reflect a consistently high quality of motion picture production.” In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.


Don’t miss it.

I couldn’t pick anything other than Bonnie and Clyde (1968). It’s one of my favorite films – one that I well remember seeing at the drive-in with my mother when I was a little girl. I’ve seen it many (many) times since, and its excellence, impact, and beauty haven’t diminished in the least; there are still scenes that leave me breathless. Produced by Beatty, the film, of course, is about the legendary Depression-era crime couple Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, who traveled the Central United States robbing banks, small stores, and rural gas stations.

If you’ve seen it, treat yourself for a re-watch. And if you haven’t, I envy the experience you have in store.

And join me for Day 19 of Summer Under the Stars!





~ by shadowsandsatin on August 17, 2020.

3 Responses to “TCM Summer Under the Stars: Day Eighteen — Warren Beatty”

  1. It’s a funny thing, but I never found Warren Beatty all that attractive. I think it was his voice. I’m from Southern California and there is a certain kind of voice guys from the area sometimes have. Possibly the best description is that it’s immature sounding. I could say “surfer,” but that’s not exactly it. And his hair. It always looks so “done.“ This doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed his films, especially Bonnie and Clyde and Shampoo, but he just didn’t do it for me like, say, Paul Newman or Steve McQueen. Then the other night I happened to catch The Parallax View. I‘d seen it years ago, but this time my reaction was, isn’t he gorgeous! Finally, I come around to Warren Beatty.

    • I had to read your first sentence twice before it sunk in, Patty! LOL. I’m glad you’ve seen the light! And now I have to look for The Parallax View! (Do I have enough exclamation points?)

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