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Robin Wright Bio
Robin Wright (born April 8, 1966) is an American actress and television director. She currently stars as Claire Underwood in the Netflix series House of Cards, for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 2014, making her the first actress to win a Golden Globe for a web television series. Wright received Primetime Emmy nominations for House of Cards in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
Wright first gained attention for her role in the NBC Daytime soap opera Santa Barbara, as Kelly Capwell from 1984 to 1988. She then made the transition to film, starring in the romantic comedy fantasy adventure film The Princess Bride (1987). She has since enjoyed a successful career in the film industry, starring in various films, including the epic romantic comedy-drama Forrest Gump (1994), the romantic drama Message in a Bottle (1999), the superhero drama-thriller Unbreakable (2000), the historical drama The Conspirator (2010), the biographical sports drama Moneyball (2011), the mystery thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), and the biographical drama Everest (2015). She will next appear in the superhero film Wonder Woman (2017) and will appear in the upcoming film Blade Runner 2049 opposite Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling, slated for a 2017 release.
Wright was listed as one of twelve “Promising New Actors of 1986” in John Willis’ Screen World, Vol. 38. . Wright first became famous on television, playing Kelly Capwell on the NBC soap opera Santa Barbara, which earned her three Daytime Emmy Award nominations.
It was not until the early to mid-1990s 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 backed 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.
In 1996, she married actor 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.
Since 2013, Wright has portrayed Claire Underwood, political mastermind Frank Underwood‘s equally ruthless wife, in the Netflix series House of Cards. On January 12, 2014, she won a Golden Globe for the role, becoming the first actress to win the award for an online-only web television series. She was nominated for the same award the following year. She also received nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award in 2013 and 2014 for the same role. Wright has been cast in the 2017 live action Wonder Woman film alongside Gal Gadot and Chris Pine.
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