Robin Wright

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Robin Wright
Robin Wright 2009.jpg
BornRobin Gayle Wright
(1966-04-08) April 8, 1966 (age 47)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Other namesRobin Wright Penn
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)
Children2
 
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Robin Wright
Robin Wright 2009.jpg
BornRobin Gayle Wright
(1966-04-08) April 8, 1966 (age 47)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Other namesRobin Wright Penn
OccupationActress, singer
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)
Children2

Robin Gayle Wright (born April 8, 1966) is an American film actress and singer. She was also previously credited as Robin Wright Penn.

From 1984 to 1988 she starred on the television series Santa Barbara as Kelly Capwell, which earned her multiple Daytime Emmy nominations. She made the jump 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 has also appeared in the Netflix series House of Cards for which she was nominated a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and won the Golden Globe in 2014 for best actress in a TV series (drama) for her portrayal of Claire Underwood in House of Cards, making her the first actress to win a Golden Globe Award for an online-only web television series.

From 1996 to 2010, Wright was married to actor Sean Penn, with whom she had 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 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]

Career[edit]

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-90's that she shot to stardom 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]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Hollywood Vice SquadLori Stanton
1987The Princess BrideButtercupNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1990DenialSara/Loon
1990State of GraceKathleen Flannery
1992The PlayboysTara Maguire
1992ToysGwen TylerNominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
1994Forrest GumpJenny CurranNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
1995The Crossing GuardJojo
1996Moll FlandersMoll FlandersNominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
1997LovedHedda AmersonSeattle International Film Festival for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
1997She's So LovelyMaureen Murphy QuinnNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
1998HurlyburlyDarlene
1999Message in a BottleTheresa Osborne
2000How to Kill Your Neighbor's DogMelanie McGowan
2000UnbreakableAudrey Dunn
2001The PledgeLori
2001The Last CastleRosalie IrwinUncredited
2002Searching for Debra WingerHerselfDocumentary
2002White OleanderStarr Thomas
2003The Singing DetectiveNicola/Nina/Blonde
2003VirginMrs. Reynolds
2004A Home at the End of the WorldClare
2005Nine LivesDianaLocarno International Film Festival for Best Actress (shared with the ensemble of the actresses)
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Gotham Award for Best Ensemble
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
2005Sorry, HatersPhoebeChlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female
2005MaxMotherShort subject
2005Empire FallsGrace RobyTelevision movie
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
2006Breaking and EnteringLivNominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
2006Room 10FrannieShort film
2007HounddogStranger Lady
2007BeowulfWealthow
2008What Just HappenedKelly
2008New York, I Love YouAnna
2009State of PlayAnne Collins
2009The Private Lives of Pippa LeePippa Lee
2009A Christmas CarolFan Scrooge/Belle
2010The ConspiratorMary Surratt
2011MoneyballSharon
2011RampartLinda Fentress
2011The Girl with the Dragon TattooErika Berger
2013The CongressRobin Wright
2013AdoreRoz
2013A Most Wanted ManMartha Sullivan

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1983–1984The Yellow RoseBarbara Anderson2 episodes
1984–1988Santa BarbaraKelly Capwell453 episodes
Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (1986-88)
2011Saturday Night LiveJenny CurranEpisode: "Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding"
2011EnlightenedSandy2 episodes
2013-presentHouse of CardsClaire Underwood13 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Pending—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1986Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesSanta BarbaraNominated
1987Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesSanta BarbaraNominated
1988Daytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Younger Actress in a Drama SeriesSanta BarbaraNominated
1988Saturn AwardsBest ActressThe Princess BrideNominated
1993Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressToysNominated
1995Golden Globe AwardsBest Supporting Actress – Motion PictureForrest GumpNominated
1995Saturn AwardsBest Supporting ActressForrest GumpNominated
1995Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting RoleForrest GumpNominated
1997Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaMoll FlandersNominated
1998Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadLovedNominated
1998Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleShe's So LovelyNominated
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actress – Drama/RomanceMessage in a BottleNominated
2001Blockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress – SuspenseUnbreakableNominated
2005Gotham AwardsBest CastNine LivesNominated
2005Locarno International Film FestivalBest ActressNine LivesWon
2005Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Motion Picture DramaNine LivesNominated
2006British Independent Film AwardsBest ActressBreaking and EnteringNominated
2006Chlotrudis AwardsBest Supporting ActressNine LivesNominated
2006Independent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleNine LivesNominated
2006Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television MovieEmpire FallsNominated
2007Chlotrudis AwardsBest ActressSorry, HatersWon
2007Independent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadSorry, HatersNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesHouse of CardsNominated
2014Golden Globe AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaHouse of CardsWon
2014Satellite AwardsBest Actress – Television Series DramaHouse of CardsPending

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References[edit]

Notes

  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 . NJ.com. 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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