Robin Wright

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Robin Wright
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BornRobin Gayle Wright
(1966-04-08) April 8, 1966 (age 48)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Other namesRobin Wright Penn
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1983–present
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Robin Wright
Robin Wright 2009.jpg
BornRobin Gayle Wright
(1966-04-08) April 8, 1966 (age 48)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Other namesRobin Wright Penn
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1983–present

Robin Gayle Wright (born April 8, 1966) is an American actress and singer. She was previously credited as Robin Wright Penn. From 1984 to 1988, she starred in the television series Santa Barbara as Kelly Capwell, which earned her multiple Daytime Emmy nominations. She made the transition to film, starring in The Princess Bride, Forrest Gump (earning her a Golden Globe Award nomination), Toys, Message in a Bottle, Unbreakable, The Conspirator, Moneyball and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She also appears as Claire Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards, for which she has been nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series twice (one pending), and for which she won the Golden Globe in 2014 for Best Actress - Television Series Drama, making her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for an online-only web television series. From 1996 to 2010, Wright was married to actor Sean Penn, with whom she has two children.

Early life[edit]

Wright was born Robin Gayle Wright[1] in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Gayle (née Gaston), a national director in the Mary Kay cosmetics salesforce, and Freddie Gayle Wright, a pharmaceutical executive.[2] She was raised in San Diego, California. She attended La Jolla High School and Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.[3]


She was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38. [1986]. Wright first became famous on television, playing Kelly Capwell on the soap opera Santa Barbara, which earned her three Daytime Emmy nominations. It wasn't until early to mid-'90s that she rose to fame after her roles as Buttercup in The Princess Bride and Jenny Curran in Forrest Gump, the latter role garnering her Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Wright was offered the role of Maid Marian in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, but turned it down because she was pregnant. She had to back out of the role of Abby McDeere in The Firm (1993), with Tom Cruise, upon discovering that she was pregnant with her second child, son Hopper Penn.[3]

In 1996, she married Sean Penn and changed her name to Robin Wright Penn. The same year, she starred in the film adaptation of Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders for which she received a Satellite Nomination for Best Actress in a Drama. She went on to co-star with her husband in the 1997 film She's So Lovely, for which she was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress. One of her most recent successes was a supporting role in the television film Empire Falls as Grace Roby, mother of Ed Harris's character Miles Roby. Wright received her third Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for this role.

In 2013, Wright starred in Netflix's series House of Cards, as Claire Underwood, the spouse of Kevin Spacey's character, Congressman Francis Underwood. On July 18, 2013, Netflix earned the first Primetime Emmy Award nominations for original online only web television for the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.[4] Among those nominations was Wright's portrayal of Claire Underwood for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series as well as Kevin Spacey's portrayal of Frank Underwood for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Jason Bateman's portrayal of Michael Bluth in Arrested Development for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, making these three roles the first three leading roles to be Primetime Emmy Award-nominated from a web television series.[4] On January 12, 2014, she became the first actress to win a Golden Globe Award for an online-only web television series.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Wright with then-husband Sean Penn in September 2006

From 1986 to 1988, Wright was married to actor Dane Witherspoon, whom she met in 1984 on the set of the soap-opera Santa Barbara.[6]

In 1989, Wright became involved with actor Sean Penn following his divorce from Madonna. Their daughter Dylan Frances Penn was born on April 13, 1991. Their son Hopper Jack Penn was born on August 6, 1993. Wright and Penn married in 1996. Their relationship became on-again and off-again in the late 2000s. Divorce plans were announced in December 2007,[7] but the divorce petition was withdrawn upon the couple's request four months later.[8] In February 2009, Wright and Penn attended the 81st Academy Awards together, at which Penn won Best Actor. Penn subsequently filed for legal separation in April 2009,[9] but withdrew the petition in May.[10] On August 12, 2009, Wright filed for divorce once more,[11] declaring she had no plans to reconcile.[12] She also dropped "Penn" from her professional name.[13] The divorce was finalized on July 22, 2010.[14]

In February 2012, it was reported that Wright had begun dating actor Ben Foster.[15] Their engagement was announced in January 2014.[16][17]

She is the Honorary Spokesperson for the Dallas, Texas-based non-profit The Gordie Foundation.[18]



1986Hollywood Vice SquadLori Stanton
1987The Princess BrideButtercup
State of GraceKathleen Flannery
1992The PlayboysTara Maguire
ToysGwen Tyler
1994Forrest GumpJenny Curran
1995The Crossing GuardJojo
1996Moll FlandersMoll Flanders
1997LovedHedda Amerson
She's So LovelyMaureen Murphy Quinn
1999Message in a BottleTheresa Osborne
2000How to Kill Your Neighbor's DogMelanie McGowan
UnbreakableAudrey Dunn
2001The PledgeLori
The Last CastleRosalie IrwinUncredited
2002Searching for Debra WingerHerselfDocumentary
White OleanderStarr Thomas
2003The Singing DetectiveNicola/Nina/Blonde
VirginMrs. Reynolds
2004A Home at the End of the WorldClare
2005Nine LivesDiana
Sorry, HatersPhoebe
MaxMotherShort subject
Empire FallsGrace RobyTelevision movie
2006Breaking and EnteringLiv
Room 10FrannieShort film
2007HounddogStranger Lady
2008What Just HappenedKelly
New York, I Love YouAnna
2009State of PlayAnne Collins
The Private Lives of Pippa LeePippa Lee
A Christmas CarolFan Scrooge/Belle
2010The ConspiratorMary Surratt
RampartLinda Fentress
The Girl with the Dragon TattooErika Berger
2013The CongressRobin Wright
A Most Wanted ManMartha Sullivan
2015EverestPeach WeathersFilming


1983–1984The Yellow RoseBarbara Anderson2 episodes
1984–1988Santa BarbaraKelly Capwell475 episodes
2011Saturday Night LiveJenny Curran1 episode, "Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding"
EnlightenedSandy2 episodes
2013–presentHouse of CardsClaire Underwood26 episodes; also director: episode, "Chapter 23"

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1986Daytime Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Santa BarbaraNominated
Saturn AwardsThe Princess BrideNominated
1995Forrest GumpNominated
Golden Globe AwardsNominated
SAG AwardsNominated
1997Satellite AwardsMoll FlandersNominated
1998IS AwardsLovedNominated
SAG AwardsShe's So LovelyNominated
2000BE Awards
  • Favorite Actress – Drama/Romance
Message in a BottleNominated
  • Favorite Supporting Actress – Suspense
2005Gotham Awards
  • Best Cast
Nine LivesNominated
Locarno IFF
  • Best Actress
Satellite Awards
  • Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2006IS AwardsNominated
BIF Awards
  • Best Actress
Breaking and EnteringNominated
SAG AwardsEmpire FallsNominated
2007IS Awards
  • Best Female Lead
Sorry, HatersNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardsHouse of CardsNominated
2014Golden Globe AwardsWon
Satellite AwardsWon
Primetime Emmy AwardsPending

See also[edit]


  1. ^ According to the State of Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1926-1995. Searchable here [1]
  2. ^ "Robin Wright Biography (1966-)". Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  3. ^ a b "Robin Wright- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Stelter, Brian (2013-07-18). "Netflix Does Well in 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  5. ^ Hyman, Vicki (2014-01-12). "2014 Golden Globes: Robin Wright wins best actress for online-only 'House of Cards'". The Star-Ledger . Retrieved 2014-01-13. 
  6. ^ Grossberg, Josh (2007-12-28). "Penn, Wright Splitsville". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 2008-01-01. 
  7. ^ White, Nicholas (2007-12-27). "Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn Divorcing". People. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  8. ^ Orloff, Brian (2008-04-09). "Sean Penn & Robin Wright Stop Divorce Action". People. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  9. ^ "Sean Penn Files for Legal Separation". People. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Sean Penn withdraws separation filing". USA Today. 2009-05-22. 
  11. ^ Lee, Ken (2009-08-18). "Robin Wright Penn Files for Divorce". People. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  12. ^ Breslau, Karen (September 2009). "Robin Wright Penn Goes It Alone". More. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  13. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (2009-11-16). "Big changes for Robin Wright". CBS News. 
  14. ^ Oh, Eunice (2010-08-04). "Sean Penn and Robin Wright Finalize Their Divorce". People. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  15. ^ "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Get Cozy". People Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  16. ^ "Robin Wright 47 gets engaged boyfriend Ben Foster 33 flashes sparkler fashion bash". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  17. ^ Loinaz, Alexis L. (January 11, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster are engaged". People. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Gordie Foundation Announces HAZE Documentary and Robin Wright Penn as Part of the 2009 AFI DALLAS International Film Festival" 3/19/2009, Foundation web site

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