ROBIN WRIGHT PENN
April 8, 1966
Raised by her divorced mother, a Mary Kay Cosmetic executive, Robin Wright fell into acting at the urging of her modeling agent. Strangely, she had only taken up modeling in order to finance a month-long trip to Europe. Her primary goal at the time was to live in a Third World country and be a nurse to poor and dying children.
Fate had other plans, and after winning a role on the soap Santa Barbara, Rob Reiner cast her in his film The Princess Bride in 1987. Although this role got the attention of Hollywood, the offers that followed were hardly what Robin had hoped for. She was not about to be type-cast as an English princess. Robin Wright prefers roles that depict women as "heroines or powerful anti-establishment women" as she put it in a 1996 interview with Hilary De Vries; the types of roles that appeal to her feisty independent nature. For this reason, scripts for Jurassic Park, The Firm, Batman Forever, and Sabrina to name a few, all ended up on her reject pile.
Robin has continuously side-stepped Hollywood's expectations and has chosen to take the low road to stardom with such films as Denial, Loved, Moll Flanders and She's So Lovely. Yet, in spite of her strong mindedness, Hollywood continues to love Robin, and it's only a matter of time before one of those low-profile, non-mainstream films wins her the attention and respect of a much larger audience.
At present, Robin lives with husband and fellow thespian Sean Penn and their two children; daughter Dylan and son, Hopper, in Santa Monica.
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