Robin Wright

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Robin Wright
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Born Robin Gayle Wright
(1966-04-08) April 8, 1966 (age 48)
Dallas, Texas, United States
Other names Robin Wright Penn
Occupation Actress, singer
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s)
Children 2

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.

Early life[edit]

Wright was born Robin Gayle Wright[1] 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.[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-'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.[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]

Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hollywood Vice Squad Lori Stanton
1987 The Princess Bride Buttercup
1990 Denial Sara/Loon
State of Grace Kathleen Flannery
1992 The Playboys Tara Maguire
Toys Gwen Tyler
1994 Forrest Gump Jenny Curran
1995 The Crossing Guard Jojo
1996 Moll Flanders Moll Flanders
1997 Loved Hedda Amerson
She's So Lovely Maureen Murphy Quinn
1998 Hurlyburly Darlene
1999 Message in a Bottle Theresa Osborne
2000 How to Kill Your Neighbor's Dog Melanie McGowan
Unbreakable Audrey Dunn
2001 The Pledge Lori
The Last Castle Rosalie Irwin Uncredited
2002 Searching for Debra Winger Herself Documentary
White Oleander Starr Thomas
2003 The Singing Detective Nicola/Nina/Blonde
Virgin Mrs. Reynolds
2004 A Home at the End of the World Clare
2005 Nine Lives Diana
Sorry, Haters Phoebe
Max Mother Short subject
Empire Falls Grace Roby Television film
2006 Breaking and Entering Liv
Room 10 Frannie Short film
2007 Hounddog Stranger Lady
Beowulf Wealthow
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
2011 Moneyball Sharon
Rampart Linda Fentress
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Erika Berger
2013 The Congress Robin Wright
Adore Roz
A Most Wanted Man Martha Sullivan
2015 Everest Peach Weathers Post-production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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"
Enlightened Sandy 2 episodes
2013–present House of Cards Claire Underwood 26 episodes; also director: episode, "Chapter 23"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
1986 Daytime Emmy Awards
  • Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series
Santa Barbara Nominated
1987 Nominated
1988 Nominated
Saturn Awards The Princess Bride Nominated
1993 Toys Nominated
1995 Forrest Gump Nominated
Golden Globe Awards Nominated
SAG Awards Nominated
1997 Satellite Awards Moll Flanders Nominated
1998 IS Awards Loved Nominated
SAG Awards She's So Lovely Nominated
2000 BE Awards
  • Favorite Actress – Drama/Romance
Message in a Bottle Nominated
2001
  • Favorite Supporting Actress – Suspense
Unbreakable Nominated
2005 Gotham Awards
  • Best Cast
Nine Lives Nominated
Locarno IFF
  • Best Actress
Won
Satellite Awards
  • Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated
2006 IS Awards Nominated
BIF Awards
  • Best Actress
Breaking and Entering Nominated
SAG Awards Empire Falls Nominated
2007 IS Awards
  • Best Female Lead
Sorry, Haters Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards House of Cards Nominated
2014 Golden Globe Awards Won
Satellite Awards Won
Primetime Emmy Awards Pending

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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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