Sybil Robson Orr

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Sybil Robson Orr
Sybil Ann Robson

ResidenceLondon and Los Angeles
EducationSouthern Methodist University
OccupationFilm producer
Years active1993–present
Spouse(s)Matthew Orr (2001–present)

Sybil Ann Robson Orr (born 1957) is an American film producer. She is a niece of Walmart founder Sam Walton and Helen Walton, and the founder of Robson Orr Entertainment.

Early life and career[edit]

Sybil Robson Orr was born in 1957 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the daughter of Alma (née White) and Nick Robson.[1] Her mother was a homemaker and her father was the son of a prosperous Oklahoma rancher.[2] Together with his brother Frank Robson and brothers-in-law Sam and Bud Walton, he expanded Walmart as a franchise operation across the country.[3]

Robson Orr graduated from Tulsa's Memorial High School, and went on to earn a BA from Southern Methodist University.[4] She then began her career as a news reporter and television anchor in the United States, before transitioning to ABC News in Paris.[5] She then launched a nationally syndicated consumer program for Paramount Pictures.[5] Following this, she partnered with producer Harvey Bernhard to create "Robson/Bernhard Entertainment" for Universal Pictures.[6] Before and during the partnership, she wrote and produced documentaries based in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on socio-economic issues.[6]

In 1993, she founded her own production company, Robson Entertainment (now Robson Orr Entertainment), which has offices in Beverly Hills and London.[7] She produced the 1995 family dramedy film Gordy and the 2001 dramedy film Seven and a Match.[8] She then produced the 2006 documentary Blindsight, which was directed by Lucy Walker and has received critical acclaim. As of February 3, 2013, it holds a 98% "Fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 49 reviews.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Robson Orr has two brothers, Bruce and Joe. She also has an older half-brother, Ed Lee, from her mother's first marriage.[1] She is a first cousin of Alice Walton, S. Robson Walton, and Jim Walton.

With Alice Walton and other Walton family members, she owns a stake in Robson Ranch Inc., an Oklahoma ranch encompassing 18,500 acres (75 km2) which produces wheat, soybeans, and corn. She is married to British financier Matthew Orr.[10]



  1. ^ a b "Tulsa World: Obituaries". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  2. ^ "The Walton Wealth". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  3. ^ Bianco, A. (2006). The Bully of Bentonville. Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 9780385517607. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  4. ^ "Sooner hosts money series | News OK". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  5. ^ a b "BLINDSIGHT - Production". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  6. ^ a b "Blind Tibetan Teenagers Featured in Award-Winning Film, 'Blindsight - blindnews - FreeLists". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  8. ^ "Gordy | Video Review | Plugged In". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  9. ^ "Blindsight - Rotten Tomatoes". Retrieved 2015-03-13.
  10. ^ "Contribute - The People And Ideas Of Giving". Retrieved 2015-03-13.

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