Robin Wright Penn is an American actress who became popular with her appearances in the films The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump.
Born Robin Gayle Wright in Dallas on April 8, 1966, she started modeling at age 14 before playing Kelly Capwell in the NBC daytime soap Santa Barbara. She played that role from 1984 to 1988, and was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series three times.
In 1987, Penn appeared in the moderately-successful fantasy film The Princess Bride, as Buttercup. She became more popular, however, in the 1994 film Forrest Gump, where she played the title character’s (Tom Hank) girlfriend Jenny Curran. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe award nomination for best supporting actress. In 1996, she married fellow actor Sean Penn, and changed her name to Robin Wright Penn.
She also appeared in other films, such as 1996’s Moll Flanders, where she played the title character; 1997’s She’s So Lovely, alongside Sean Penn and John Travolta; 1999’s Message in a Bottle, opposite Kevin Costner; 2000’s Unbreakable, with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson; and 2002’s White Oleander, with Alison Lohman and Michelle Pfeiffer.
In 2005, Penn joined an ensemble cast in the independent hyperlink film Nine Lives. It was largely ignored by moviegoers, but won critical acclaim, and she was nominated in both the Gotham Awards and the Locarno International Film Festival for best ensemble performance, as well as best actress nominations from other organizations. She also won Best Foreign Actress for her performance at the Sant Jordi Awards in Spain.
The same year, she won a Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress for her performance in the independent film Sorry, Haters. She last appeared on the motion-capture assisted animation Beowulf, released in 2007, and is slated to appear on the action thriller State of Play.