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 as Kelly Capwell, which earned her multiple Santa Barbara Daytime Emmy nominations. She made the transition to film, starring in , The Princess Bride (earning her a Forrest Gump Golden Globe Award nomination), , Toys , Message in a Bottle , Unbreakable , The Conspirator and Moneyball . She also appears as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Claire Underwood in the Netflix series for which she has been nominated for a House of Cards, 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
in [1 ] Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Gayle ( Gaston), a national director in the née Mary Kay cosmetics salesforce, and Freddie Gayle Wright, a pharmaceutical executive. She was raised in [2 ] 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. . Wright first became famous on television, playing Kelly Capwell on the
soap opera , which earned her three Santa Barbara Daytime Emmy nominations. It wasn't until early to mid-'90s that she rose to fame after her roles as Buttercup in and Jenny Curran in The Princess Bride , the latter role garnering her Forrest Gump Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Wright was offered the role of Maid Marian in , but turned it down because she was pregnant. She had to back out of the role of Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Abby McDeere in (1993), with The Firm 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 for which she received a Moll Flanders Satellite Nomination for Best Actress in a Drama. She went on to co-star with her husband in the 1997 film , 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 She's So Lovely as Grace Roby, mother of Empire Falls 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
, as House of Cards 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 [4 ] 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 [4 ] web television series. [5 ]
Personal life [ edit ]
Wright with then-husband
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, but the divorce petition was withdrawn upon the couple's request four months later. [7 ] In February 2009, Wright and Penn attended the [8 ] 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. [9 ] On August 12, 2009, Wright filed for divorce once more, [10 ] declaring she had no plans to reconcile. [11 ] She also dropped "Penn" from her professional name. [12 ] The divorce was finalized on July 22, 2010. [13 ] [14 ]
In February 2012, it was reported that Wright had begun dating actor
Ben Foster. Their engagement was announced in January 2014. [15 ] [16 ] [17 ]
She is the Honorary Spokesperson for the Dallas, Texas-based non-profit
The Gordie Foundation. [18 ]
Filmography [ edit ]
Television [ edit ]
Awards and nominations [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ According to the State of Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1926-1995. Searchable here 
^ "Robin Wright Biography (1966-)" . Retrieved 2007-11-02.
^ a b "Robin Wright- Biography". Yahoo! Movies . Retrieved May 21, 2013.
^ a b Stelter, Brian (2013-07-18). "Netflix Does Well in 2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations". The New York Times . Retrieved 2013-07-18.
^ 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.
^ Grossberg, Josh (2007-12-28). "Penn, Wright Splitsville". Yahoo! News. Archived from the original on 2008-01-01.
^ White, Nicholas (2007-12-27). "Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn Divorcing". People . Retrieved 2009-09-16.
^ Orloff, Brian (2008-04-09). "Sean Penn & Robin Wright Stop Divorce Action". People . Retrieved 2013-03-13.
^ "Sean Penn Files for Legal Separation". . 2009-04-29 People . Retrieved 2009-09-16.
^ "Sean Penn withdraws separation filing". . 2009-05-22. USA Today
^ Lee, Ken (2009-08-18). "Robin Wright Penn Files for Divorce". People . Retrieved 2009-09-16.
^ Breslau, Karen (September 2009). "Robin Wright Penn Goes It Alone". More . Retrieved 2009-09-16.
^ Derschowitz, Jessica (2009-11-16). "Big changes for Robin Wright". CBS News.
^ Oh, Eunice (2010-08-04). "Sean Penn and Robin Wright Finalize Their Divorce". People . Retrieved 2010-08-04.
^ "Robin Wright and Ben Foster Get Cozy". People Magazine . Retrieved 10 February 2012.
^ "Robin Wright 47 gets engaged boyfriend Ben Foster 33 flashes sparkler fashion bash". Daily Mail . Retrieved 23 January 2014.
^ Loinaz, Alexis L. (January 11, 2014). "Robin Wright and Ben Foster are engaged". People . Retrieved January 11, 2014.
^ "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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