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Warren Beatty's prom night secrets stay secret; Annette Bening honored by Harman Center

Annette Bening and Warren Beatty at the annual Harman Center For the Arts gala Sunday. (Kevin Allen)

All you celebrities who come to Washington with your temporary gravitas and overbearing handlers: Be more like Warren Beatty and Annette Bening. The A-list movie stars spent the weekend in D.C. and charmed all by not behaving like typical Hollywood actors: egocentric, slightly bored, prickly. (Why is it that the biggest names have the best manners?)

Bening, 52, was the guest of honor at the Harman Center for the Arts annual gala; Beatty, 73, tagged along in his role of devoted husband. The joint appearance was a guaranteed crowd-pleaser and belied tabloid rumors that their 18-year marriage is on the rocks: The couple appeared hand-in-hand at a Saturday reception for donors at the British Embassy and the gala Sunday, chatting happily about their four kids (ages 10 to 18), how much they like their iPads, and politics. "I couldn't believe how gracious and approachable they were to everyone," said gala co-chair Abbe Lowell.

On the face of it, Bening was an odd choice. She was honored for her work in classical theater but has never appeared at the Shakespeare Theatre -- despite a lovely snippet from "Romeo and Juliet" in her acceptance speech. But big names sell tickets: The two were surrounded by fans all night, staying until almost every guest had a chance to chat or pose for pictures.
We finally caught up with Beatty near the end of the party. Did the hometown boy (raised in Arlington) make it back to any childhood haunts?

"I haven't been back for a while, but I do like to come back," Beatty told us. "I'm kind of sentimental about everything. We're staying at the Willard. That's where I had my senior prom."
Oh yeah? Who'd you take? He wouldn't name names.

"It was very nice," he said with a grin, and then slipped away.

By The Reliable Source  | October 5, 2010; 1:05 AM ET
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I am pleased that Beatty finally appears to have stopped using/abusing women (emotionally) after his marriage to Bening. Some 'swordsmen' never grow up (they just grow ridiculous as the become dirty old men) but Warren did. Bravo.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | October 5, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

I first met Warren Beatty casually strolling M Street with the legendary Cassie Mackin on a Sarurday evening during the summer of '73. We all talked standing there for about 30 minutes, he seemed a perfect gentleman. Thats what we did then when Georgetown was more authentic, the public commons. Wow, things were different then. That was the Washington that Richard Nixon, Sally Quinn, etc. and their ilk never understood and set out to destroy.

Warren, welcome home but I have one piece of critical advice, RUN!

Posted by: SoCali | October 5, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Congratulations to Michael Kahn on another fabulous evening in Harman Hall. Annette Benning and Warren Beatty were charming and there is a radiance about Annette that is incredible.

This was a great night for the education program of the Shakespeare Theatre.

Posted by: peterdc | October 5, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

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