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Also Known As: Robin Wright-Penn, Robin Wright Penn, Robin Gayle Wright Died:
Born: April 8, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Dallas, Texas, USA Profession: actress

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Actress Robin Wright's sunny California girl appearance belied a fierce, discerning talent, displayed in her impressive array of film roles, including starring in two of the most beloved movies of all time. After receiving her start on the daytime soap opera "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1983-1994) as fan favorite Kelly Capwell, Wright broke out in the role of the defiant Princess Buttercup in director Rob Reiner's instant family classic "The Princess Bride" (1987). She began a rocky two-decade relationship with Sean Penn after co-starring with the tempestuous actor in the crime drama "State of Grace" (1990). Only four years later, Wright lit up the screen in what could have been an unforgiving role as Tom Hanks' one true love, Jenny, in the cultural phenomenon "Forrest Gump" (1994). After working under the direction of Penn for the first time in the harrowing drama "The Crossing Guard" (1995), she married the actor-director in 1996, thus beginning one of the more tumultuous on-and-off relationships in Hollywood. Wright appeared in a steady stream of mainstream and independent films, both with and without her talented husband, including "She's So Lovely" (1997), "Message in a Bottle" (1999), "The Pledge"...

Actress Robin Wright's sunny California girl appearance belied a fierce, discerning talent, displayed in her impressive array of film roles, including starring in two of the most beloved movies of all time. After receiving her start on the daytime soap opera "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1983-1994) as fan favorite Kelly Capwell, Wright broke out in the role of the defiant Princess Buttercup in director Rob Reiner's instant family classic "The Princess Bride" (1987). She began a rocky two-decade relationship with Sean Penn after co-starring with the tempestuous actor in the crime drama "State of Grace" (1990). Only four years later, Wright lit up the screen in what could have been an unforgiving role as Tom Hanks' one true love, Jenny, in the cultural phenomenon "Forrest Gump" (1994). After working under the direction of Penn for the first time in the harrowing drama "The Crossing Guard" (1995), she married the actor-director in 1996, thus beginning one of the more tumultuous on-and-off relationships in Hollywood. Wright appeared in a steady stream of mainstream and independent films, both with and without her talented husband, including "She's So Lovely" (1997), "Message in a Bottle" (1999), "The Pledge" (2001), "A Home at the End of the World" (2004) and "Breaking and Entering" (2006). After divorcing Penn in 2010, she reinvigorated her career with significant work in films like "The Conspirator" (2010), "Moneyball" (2011) and "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011) and drama series like "House of Cards" (Netflix, 2013- ). Undeniably authentic in any role she tackled, Wright remained one of the more respected actresses working in film.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Two Mothers (2013)
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 Moneyball (2011)
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 Conspirator, The (2010)
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 State of Play (2009)
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Born in Dallas, TX; moved with mother to California when parents divorced
1980:
Began modeling at age 14
1984:
TV debut on the series, "The Yellow Rose"
1984:
First significant role, playing Kelly Capwell on the NBC daytime soap "Santa Barbara"; earned three Daytime Emmy nominations
1986:
Feature film debut, "Hollywood Vice Squad"
1987:
First leading role in a feature film, as Buttercup in Rob Reiner's "The Princess Bride"
1990:
First onscreen pairing with Sean Penn, "State of Grace"
1992:
Offered a strong performance as a headstrong Irish woman in "The Playboys"
1994:
Cast as Jenny, the love interest to Tom Hanks' "Forrest Gump"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Best Supporting Actress
1995:
Directed by Penn in "The Crossing Guard"
1996:
Had title role as the rollicking heroine in "Moll Flanders"
1997:
Earned acclaim for her leading role in "She's So Lovely"; again collaborated with Penn; earned Best Actress SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations
1998:
Re-teamed again with husband, Penn as part of the ensemble of "Hurlyburly"
1999:
Starred opposite Kevin Costner as a reporter tracking down the sender of a "Message in a Bottle"
2000:
Played Bruce Willis' wife in M. Night Shyamalan's "Unbreakable"
2001:
Directed by husband Sean Penn in "The Pledge"
2001:
Appeared uncredited as Robert Redford's daughter in "The Last Castle"
2002:
Appeared as herself in the documentary "Searching for Debra Winger"
2002:
Joined ensemble of top female stars including Michelle Pfeiffer and Renee Zellweger in "White Oleander"
2003:
Co-starred with Robert Downey Jr. in "The Singing Detective"
2004:
Co-starred with Colin Farrell in the feature adaptation of Michael Cunningham's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "A Home at the End of the World"
2004:
Played the mother of a teenage girl who believes she is carrying the child of God in "Virgin"
2005:
Cast as the mother of Ed Harris's character in the HBO movie "Empire Falls"; based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Richard Russo; garnered a SAG nomination for Best Actress
2005:
Cast in Rodrigo García's ensemble "Nine Lives"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Supporting Female
2006:
Cast in Jeff Stanzler's post-9/11 drama "Sorry, Haters"; earned an Independent Spirit Award Nomination for Best Female Lead
2006:
Appeared in Anthony Minghella's ensemble "Breaking and Entering"
2007:
Portrayed Queen Wealtheow in Robert Zemeckis' big-budget film version of "Beowulf"
2008:
Co-starred with Dakota Fanning in Deborah Kampmeier's controversial drama "Hounddog"
2009:
Played Ben Affleck's estranged wife in the political thriller "State of Play"
2009:
Voiced Scrooge's sister and his neglected fiancée in Robert Zemeckis' animated adaptation of "A Christmas Carol"
2009:
Played the title role in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," written and directed by Rebecca Miller
2011:
Co-starred with Brad Pitt in the biographical drama "Moneyball"
2011:
Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
2012:
Cast in the crime drama "Rampart" opposite Woody Harrelson
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Education

Taft High School: Woodland Hills , California -

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husband:
Dane Witherspoon. Actor. Married briefly in 1986; met while appearing together on the NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara".
companion:
Jason Patric. Actor. Dated c. 1989-90.
husband:
Sean Penn. Actor, director. Born on August 17, 1960; father of two children with Wright; met on the set of the film "Loon" in 1988; together since 1990; separated in 1995; reunited in early 1996; married on April 27, 1996.

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father:
Fred Wright. Works for a pharmaceutical film; divorced from Wright's mother in 1968.
mother:
Gayle Wright. Former Mary Kay Cosmetics sales director. Divorced Wright's father in 1968.
brother:
Richard Wright. Photographer. Born c. 1962.
daughter:
Dylan Frances Penn. Born April 13, 1991; father Sean Penn.
son:
Hopper Jack Penn. Born August 6, 1993; father Sean Penn; named after Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson.
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