at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival
|Born||Robin Gayle Wright
April 8, 1966
Dallas, Texas, United States
|Other names||Robin Wright Penn|
|Height||1.68 m (5' 6)|
Robin Gayle Wright (born April 8, 1966) is an American film actress. 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 nomination), Toys, Message in a Bottle, Unbreakable, The Conspirator, Moneyball and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She is currently in the Netflix original series "House of Cards".
From 1996 to 2010, Wright was married to actor Sean Penn, with whom she had two children.
Early life 
Wright was born Robin Gayle Wright in Dallas, Texas, the daughter of Gayle (née Gaston), a national director in Mary Kay cosmetics salesforce, and Freddie Gayle Wright, a pharmaceutical executive. She was raised in San Diego, California. She attended 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. 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).
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.
Personal life 
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. 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.
Wright is the national campaign spokesperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. She is also the Honorary Spokesperson for the Dallas, Texas-based non-profit The Gordie Foundation.
See also 
- According to the State of Texas. Texas Birth Index, 1926-1995. Searchable here 
- "Robin Wright Biography (1966-)". Retrieved 2007-11-02.
- "Robin Wright- Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved May 21 2013.
- 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". People. 2009-04-29. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- "Sean Penn withdraws separation filing". USA Today. 2009-05-22.
- Lee, Ken (2009-08-18). "Robin Wright Penn Files for Divorce". People. Retrieved 2009-09-16.
- Breslau, Karen (2009-09). "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.
- "WhosWho" at Foundation web site
- "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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