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Warren Beatty and Annette Bening in Beverly Hills, California on March 17, 2001.

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Warren: "She [Annette] has a great capacity to be happy, which is a great gift to me and an even greater gift to her children. And, talking this week to the Daily Express newspaper, he added: "For me, the highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship. I would hate myself if I failed to live up to it."
Source: David Usborne. "The Star Who Won't Grow Old." The Independent. 3/30/2007. pg. 40.

Annette about the 21-year age gap in their marriage: "Everybody who has an age difference in their marriage has to address it at times because you're at different stages in your life. You're going through different things. You have to have a fundamental love and mutual respect for one another for it to work."
Source: Olivia Skye. "Analyse This: Annette Bening, actress." Daily Mail. 1/8/2007. pg. 42.

Annette: "I'll tell you one secret to keeping the spark there: I think you've got to get away, just the two of you, with no kids. And you've got to spend time alone; you need to cultivate your own sense of self and nurture that as well."
Source: Liz Smith. "Annette Bening: at lunch with Liz." Good Housekeeping. 11/2004. pg. 146.

Christopher Goodwin: "Now, as they near the 10th anniversary of a marriage most people thought would only last a few weeks, Warren Beatty and Annette Bening seem to offer their respective sexes everything they most want to hear about romance. Bening proves that a woman can snare a recalcitrant bad boy and get him to change his naughty ways. Beatty shows that a man can spend most of his life playing the field yet still find love and have children as he moves into his pensionable years. He can have his crumpet and eat it too."
Source: Christopher Goodwin. "Taming of the screw." The Evening Standard. 3/7/2002.

Christopher Goodwin: "Now Beatty often speaks of his life as having two parts, BA and WB, Before Annette and With Annette."
Source: Christopher Goodwin. "Taming of the screw." The Evening Standard. 3/7/2002.

Christopher Goodwin: "It hasn't all been roses, the couple admit, although it got easier when they each came to appreciate their differences rather than fight over them. Beatty is the more rational and careful of the two, Bening more impulsive. "We are very different," says Bening, "but you don't have to be alike to get along." "And," says Beatty, "we're fortunate to have a big house."
Source: Christopher Goodwin. "Taming of the screw." The Evening Standard. 3/7/2002.

Annette about Warren's past reputation: "I think if you're with somebody for a while, you can't expect to take away his past. You have to know it and respect it. We both have friends from before we knew each other, and that's a big part of our lives. Whatever got him to where he is now is fine with me."
Source: Liz Smith. "What She Did for Love." Good Housekeeping. March 2000. pg. 84.

Cynthia Sanz: "Once Hollywood's leading Lothario, Beatty is, at 61, the unlikely picture of connubial contentment. Since wedding Bening, 40, his Bugsy costar, in 1992, he is not only serenely monogamous (it's "easy," he recently told shock jock Howard Stern) but also a proud father of three (Kathlyn, 6, Benjamin, 3, and Isabel, 1) who coaches Little League and schedules work around his family. "I can't stand to be away from them," he told USA Today."
Source: Cynthia Sanz. "Love & Marriage '98: Happily Ever After." People. 6/22/1998.

Warren: "I would say the biggest changes -- it [marriage and fatherhood] has caused me to get into the present tense, try not to go too far into the future, not too long into the past."
Source: Paul Vercammen. "For Warren Beatty, reputation not always tied to reality." Cnn.com. 5/22/1998.

Richard Cohen: "Bening is billed as the woman who reformed Warren Beatty. Whether she actually did or not - whether what seems true today will be true tomorrow - is beside the point. Perhaps more interesting is the idea that she is the agent of Beatty's change. In other words, the transformation of Beatty from womanizer to family man did not come from within but was the result of Bening. He met her, and that, as they say, was that. Nonsense. So it is not likely that Annette Bening all by herself has changed Warren Beatty, domesticated him, stopped him from womanizing and made him want a child. It is much more likely that these changes came from within Beatty, and that, for sure, is the only way they'll endure ... Only Warren Beatty could change Warren Beatty."
Source: Richard Cohen. "Regarding Warren." The Washington Post. 5/31/1992. pg. w.05.

Shirley Bening: "I think Warren married Annette because she doesn't behave like an actress. She's not always on. She's still herself."
Source: Michael A. Lipton, Robin Micheli, Nancy Matsumoto. "Beauty and the Beatty." People. 4/6/1992. pg. 101.

Annette: "Warren is an individual thinker. He doesn't follow the crowd, and I really like that about him."
Source: Maureen Dowd. "Bugsy in Love, on Stage and Off." The New York Times. 12/8/1991.

Warren: "I met her and I thought, 'Wo-o-o-o-o! Wait a minute.'"
Source: Maureen Dowd. "Bugsy in Love, on Stage and Off." The New York Times. 12/8/1991.

Warren: "The highest level of sexual excitement is in a monogamous relationship. I'm not an expert on marriage ... That phrase, 'until death do us part,' -- I always said if you're going to stand up and make this sort of promise, then you really ought to keep it."
Source: Vanity Fair. 11/1991.

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