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
Spouse(s)
Children2 (including Dylan Penn)
 
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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
Spouse(s)
Children2 (including Dylan Penn)

Robin Virginia Gayle Wright[1] (born April 8, 1966) is an American actress, director, and singer. She was previously credited as Robin Wright Penn. Wright first gained attention when starring in the daytime television series Santa Barbara as Kelly Capwell from 1984 to 1988, for which she received three 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 stars 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, 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 April 8, 1966, in Dallas, Texas, to Gayle, a cosmetics salesperson, and Fred Wright, a pharmaceutical-company employee.[1] She was raised in San Diego, California. She attended La Jolla High School and Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.[2]

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-1990s 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[3] On January 12, 2014, she became the first actress to win a Golden Globe Award for an online-only web television series.[4]


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.[5]

In 1989, Wright became involved with actor Sean Penn following his divorce from Madonna. Their daughter Dylan Frances was born in April 1991 [6]MacMinn, Aleene (April 17, 1991). "Cradle Watch". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2014. "Dylan Frances Penn was born Saturday [April 13] at 10:49 p.m. at UCLA Medical Center."  Their son Hopper Jack Penn was born in August 1993.[7] Wright and Penn married in 1996.[8] Their relationship became on-again and off-again in the late 2000s. Divorce plans were announced in December 2007,[8] but the divorce petition was withdrawn upon the couple's request four months later.[9] 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,[10] but withdrew the petition in May.[11] On August 12, 2009, Wright filed for divorce once more,[12] declaring she had no plans to reconcile.[13] She also dropped "Penn" from her professional name.[14] The divorce was finalized on July 22, 2010.[15]

In February 2012, it was reported that Wright had begun dating actor Ben Foster.[16] Their engagement was announced in January 2014.[17][18] The couple called off their engagement on November 12, 2014.[19]

She is the Honorary Spokesperson for the Dallas, Texas-based non-profit The Gordie Foundation.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1986Hollywood Vice SquadLori Stanton
1987The Princess BrideButtercup
1990DenialSara/Loon
1990State of GraceKathleen Flannery
1992The PlayboysTara Maguire
1992ToysGwen Tyler
1994Forrest GumpJenny Curran
1995The Crossing GuardJojo
1996Moll FlandersMoll Flanders
1997LovedHedda Amerson
1997She's So LovelyMaureen Murphy Quinn
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 LivesDiana
2005Sorry, HatersPhoebe
2005MaxMotherShort subject
2005Empire FallsGrace RobyTelevision film
2006Breaking and EnteringLiv
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 WrightPlayed herself
2013AdoreRoz
2014A Most Wanted ManMartha Sullivan
2015EverestPeach WeathersPost-production

Television[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
1986Daytime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series

Santa BarbaraNominated
1987Nominated
1988Nominated
Saturn Awards

Best Actress

The Princess BrideNominated
1993

Best Supporting Actress

ToysNominated
1995Forrest GumpNominated
Golden Globe Awards

Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture

Nominated
SAG Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

Nominated
1997Satellite Awards

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Moll FlandersNominated
1998IS Awards

Best Female Lead

LovedNominated
SAG Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

She's So LovelyNominated
2000BE Awards

Favorite Actress – Drama/Romance

Message in a BottleNominated
2001

Favorite Supporting Actress – Suspense

UnbreakableNominated
2005Gotham Awards

Best Cast

Nine LivesNominated
Locarno IFF

Best Actress

Won
Satellite Awards

Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama

Nominated
2006IS Awards

Best Supporting Female

Nominated
BIF Awards

Best Actress

Breaking and EnteringNominated
SAG Awards

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie

Empire FallsNominated
2007IS Awards

Best Female Lead

Sorry, HatersNominated
2013Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

House of CardsNominated
2014Golden Globe Awards

Best Actress – TV Series Drama

Won
Satellite Awards

Best Actress – TV Series Drama

Won
Primetime Emmy Awards

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Robin Wright Biography (1966-)". FilmReference.com. Retrieved 2007-11-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Robin Wright- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Stelter, Brian (2013-07-18). "Netflix Does Well in 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ Grossberg, Josh (2007-12-28). "Penn, Wright Splitsville". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 2008-01-01. 
  6. ^ MacMinn, Aleene (April 17, 1991). "Cradle Watch". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2014. "Dylan Frances Penn was born Saturday [April 13] at 10:49 p.m. at UCLA Medical Center." 
  7. ^ Kelly, Richard T. (2004). Sean Penn: His Life and Times. Canongate U.S. p. 274. ISBN 978-1841956237. 
  8. ^ a b White, Nicholas (2007-12-27). "Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn Divorcing". People. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  9. ^ Orloff, Brian (2008-04-09). "Sean Penn & Robin Wright Stop Divorce Action". People. Retrieved 2013-03-13. 
  10. ^ "Sean Penn Files for Legal Separation". People. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Sean Penn withdraws separation filing". USA Today. 2009-05-22. 
  12. ^ Lee, Ken (2009-08-18). "Robin Wright Penn Files for Divorce". People. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  13. ^ Breslau, Karen (September 2009). "Robin Wright Penn Goes It Alone". More. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  14. ^ Derschowitz, Jessica (2009-11-16). "Big changes for Robin Wright". CBS News. 
  15. ^ Oh, Eunice (2010-08-04). "Sean Penn and Robin Wright Finalize Their Divorce". People. Retrieved 2010-08-04. 
  16. ^ "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Get Cozy". People Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Robin Wright 47 gets engaged boyfriend Ben Foster 33 flashes sparkler fashion bash". Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  18. ^ Loinaz, Alexis L. (January 11, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster are engaged". People. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  19. ^ Marquina, Sierra (November 12, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Split, Call Off 10-Month Engagement -- Find Out What Went Wrong". Us Magazine. Retrieved November 13, 2014. 
  20. ^ "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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