Early Career and Breakthrough in the Early 1990s
Robin Gayle Wright was born on April 8, 1966 in Dallas, Texas to parents Mary Kay and Freddie Gayle Wright. She grew up in San Diego, California while she studied at La Jolla High School and Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.
She made her professional acting debut in 1983 with the television series The Yellow Rose, where she had appeared for two episodes. In 1984, she became known for her role as Kelly Capwell in the soap opera Santa Barbara, a role she played until 1988. Her performance in the show also earned her three Daytime Emmy nominations.
On film, she made her debut with the 1986 movie Hollywood Vice Squad. The following year, she gained significant attention as Buttercup in The Princess Bride. Reception for the film was highly positive and it also became a box office success. It has since become a cult classic since its release.
In 1990, she starred as Sara in the drama film Denial, followed by State of Grace, also released in 1990. Her next film came two years later with The Playboys and Toys. It was in 1994 that she made her international breakthrough as Jenny in Robert Zemeckis’ film Forrest Gump.
The film became an international sensation and received various accolades, including an Oscar for Best Picture. Her performance in the movie was also critically lauded, for which she received Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations for Best Supporting Actress. Forrest Gump was also a major box office success, grossing over $670 million on a $55 million budget.
She next appeared as Jojo in the independent film The Crossing Guard, which was written and directed by her then-partner Sean Penn. The film garnered positive reviews from critics. In 1996, she played the title role in Moll Flanders, opposite Morgan Freeman.
Also in 1996, she married Sean Penn and changed her name to Robin Wright Penn. The following year, she starred in the films Loved and She’s So Lovely, followed by the independent feature Hurlyburly, based on the acclaimed 1984 play of the same name.
She then played Theresa Osborne in the romantic drama film Message in a Bottle, based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel of the same name. The movie received poor reviews but was a moderate box office success, grossing over $118 million on a $80 million budget.
During the early 2000s, she starred in such feature films as How to Kill Your Neighbor’s Dog (2000), Unbreakable (2000), The Pledge (2001), White Oleander (2002), The Singing Detective (2003), Virgin (2003) and A Home at the End of the World (2004).
Subsequent Projects and Plastic Surgery
In 2006, she joined the cast of Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering, starring alongside Jude Law and Juliet Binoche. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2006 but garnered negative reviews from critics.
She next appeared in Robert Zemeckis’ computer-animated fantasy feature Beowulf, starring alongside Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich and Anthony Hopkins. The film received average reviews and grossed over $190 million on a $150 million budget.
Her recent films include New York, I Love You, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, The Conspirator, Moneyball, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. She stars in the 2015 upcoming movie Everest, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Worthington, Keira Knightley and Josh Brolin.
When offered the role of Claire Underwood for the television series House of Cards, the 48-year-old actress considered taking the plastic surgery route. She thought of undergoing a facelift to hide the signs of ageing. She also admitted that the artificial and cosmetic path doesn’t stop from facelift alone.
There also comes lip injections and breast enlargements, which she knows are getting more common as she recognizes all kinds of pressures in Hollywood when it comes to one’s appearance. But she eventually decided against such cosmetic procedures and told herself that she wants to grow older and have wrinkles.
Botox, on the other hand, is a different story. She confessed to receiving Botox injections although she claims she only has small amounts twice a year. She also said that most women have ten units but that freezes the face so she only has one, just enough to add glow to her face but not as to restrict her facial muscles so much.