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Annette Bening, Sherry Lansing named 2021 Steppenwolf Women in the Arts honorees

The event will be a virtual affair this year, during which the two industry powerhouses will participate in a conversation led by Steppenwolf ensemble member Carrie Coon.

Annette Bening speaks onstage during AARP The Magazine’s 19th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
Annette Bening speaks onstage during AARP The Magazine’s 19th Annual Movies For Grownups Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.
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Actress Annette Bening and film industry pioneer Sherry Lansing have been named the 2021 Women in the Arts honorees by Steppenwolf Theatre Company, it was announced Friday.

The event will be a virtual affair this year ,during which the two industry powerhouses will participate in a conversation led by Steppenwolf ensemble member Carrie Coon at 12:30 p.m. June 22. This year’s celebration will be a free event and open to the public. Streaming will be available via Steppenwolf’s YouTube and Facebook pages. Advance reservation are encouraged (but not required) at steppenwolf.org/wia21.

An audience Q&A will follow the conversation and attendees are invited to submit questions when making reservations.

Bening’s theater career includes her Tony Award-nominated turn in “All My Sons” (opposite Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts), and a film career boasting 40 movies including “Bugsy,” “American Beauty,” “20th Century Women,” “The Kids Are Alright,” “The American President” and “Captain Marvel.”

Lansing’s three-decades Hollywood career spans more than 200 films and various industry roles from TV actress (“Frasier,” “Dan August,” “Ironside”) to producer (“Fatal Attraction”) to history-making studio head responsible for spearheading the Academy Award-winning films “Forrest Gump,” “Braveheart” and “Titanic.”

CEO of The Sherry Lansing Foundation Sherry Lansing speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment at Milk Studios on December 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
CEO of The Sherry Lansing Foundation Sherry Lansing speaks onstage during The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment at Milk Studios on December 11, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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