Wright at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Robin Gayle Wright
April 8, 1966
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Other names||Robin Wright Penn|
Robin Gayle Wright (born April 8, 1966) is an American actress, director, 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.
Wright was born Robin Gayle Wright 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. She was raised in San Diego, California. She attended La Jolla High School and Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.
She was listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors of 1986" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 38. . 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.
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. 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. On January 12, 2014, she became the first actress to win a Golden Globe Award for an online-only web television series.
In 1989, Wright became involved with actor Sean Penn following his divorce from Madonna. Their daughter Dylan Frances was born in 1991. Their son Hopper Jack Penn was born in 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, but the divorce petition was withdrawn upon the couple's request four months later. 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, but withdrew the petition in May. On August 12, 2009, Wright filed for divorce once more, declaring she had no plans to reconcile. She also dropped "Penn" from her professional name. The divorce was finalized on July 22, 2010.
|1986||Hollywood Vice Squad||Lori Stanton|
|1987||The Princess Bride||Buttercup|
|State of Grace||Kathleen Flannery|
|1992||The Playboys||Tara Maguire|
|1994||Forrest Gump||Jenny Curran|
|1995||The Crossing Guard||Jojo|
|1996||Moll Flanders||Moll Flanders|
|She's So Lovely||Maureen Murphy Quinn|
|1999||Message in a Bottle||Theresa Osborne|
|2000||How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog||Melanie McGowan|
|The Last Castle||Rosalie Irwin||Uncredited|
|2002||Searching for Debra Winger||Herself||Documentary|
|White Oleander||Starr Thomas|
|2003||The Singing Detective||Nicola/Nina/Blonde|
|2004||A Home at the End of the World||Clare|
|Empire Falls||Grace Roby||Television film|
|2006||Breaking and Entering||Liv|
|Room 10||Frannie||Short film|
|2008||What Just Happened||Kelly|
|New York, I Love You||Anna|
|2009||State of Play||Anne Collins|
|The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||Pippa Lee|
|A Christmas Carol||Fan Scrooge/Belle|
|2010||The Conspirator||Mary Surratt|
|The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo||Erika Berger|
|2013||The Congress||Robin Wright|
|A Most Wanted Man||Martha Sullivan|
|1983–1984||The Yellow Rose||Barbara Anderson||2 episodes|
|1984–1988||Santa Barbara||Kelly Capwell||475 episodes|
|2011||Saturday Night Live||Jenny Curran||1 episode, "Tina Fey/Ellie Goulding"|
|2013–present||House of Cards||Claire Underwood||26 episodes; also director: episode, "Chapter 23"|
Awards and nominations
|1986||Daytime Emmy Awards||
|Saturn Awards||The Princess Bride||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards||Nominated|
|1997||Satellite Awards||Moll Flanders||Nominated|
|SAG Awards||She's So Lovely||Nominated|
||Message in a Bottle||Nominated|
||Breaking and Entering||Nominated|
|SAG Awards||Empire Falls||Nominated|
|2013||Primetime Emmy Awards||House of Cards||Nominated|
|2014||Golden Globe Awards||Won|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Pending|
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