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Robin Wright and Sean Penn Marriage Profile


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Robin Wright Penn and Sean Penn in Los Angeles, California on January 25, 2009.

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The roller-coaster relationship of Sean Penn and Robin Wright weathered several emotional storms, then the couple separated again in April 2009 only to head for divorce court in August 2009. Here is information about Sean and Robin's wedding, marriage, children, and more.

News Updates:

07/22/10: The divorce of Robin Wright and Sean Penn was finalized.
Sean: "[Robin] is a ghost to me now. We spent all those years together … Now she's just gone."
Source: Eunice Oh. "Sean Penn and Robin Wright Finalize Their Divorce." People.com. 8/04/2010.

8/12/09: Saying there will be no further reconciliations, Robin Wright Penn filed for divorce again.

5/21/09: Sean Penn "filed a request Tuesday to dismiss his legal separation case, Marin County, Calif., court records show."
Source: Ken Lee. "Sean Penn and Robin Wright's Divorce is Off -- For Now." People.com. 5/21/2009.

4/29/09: Sean and Robin separated on April 23, 2009.
Source: Marisa Laudadio and Ken Lee. "Sean Penn Files for Legal Separation." People.com. 4/29/09.


Sean Justin Penn: August 17, 1960 in Santa Monica, California.

Robin Virginia Gayle Wright: April 6, 1966 in Dallas, Texas.

How Sean and Robin Met:

How Sean and Robin Met Robin and Sean officially met in 1990 while working on the movie State of Grace, they had met previously for just a few moments.

Robin: "I brought all this up when I met Sean with Erin, officially, and we had dinner. He was really vulnerable that day, only spoke when it was necessary. A different lad back then ... I said, 'You know, I met you before,' and he said, 'I know.' "oh, you do?' He said, 'Yeah, I remember what you were wearing.' And he desribed everything, the colour dress I had on, and that it had flowers, right down to my ear-rings and the ring on my finger. I know, it's like one of those spiritual stories ..."
Source: Richard T. Kelly. Sean Penn: His Life and Times 2004. pg. 208.


Wedding Date and Info:

After a sometime tempestuous long courtship, Sean and Robin were married in a surprise wedding on April 27, 1996 in Fiona Lewis and Art Linson's backyard in Santa Monica, California.

Wedding guests included Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro.

Cindy Pearlman: "After seven years, two children. a few messy breakups, and a malfunctioning gallbladder (which put her in the hospital on Oscar eve), Robin Wright wed her pugilistic paramour, Sean Penn, on April 27 in a surprise ceremony in L.A. "I just felt like I needed to dive in," says Wright, whose nickname for Penn ("the Loving Nightmare") hints at the couple's roller-coaster relationship. Wright adds that rather than take a break for a honeymoon, the duo will begin working together."
Source: Cindy Pearlman. "Love, American style." Entertainment Weekly. 5/31/1996. pg. 12.



Sean and Robin have two children.

  • Dylan Frances Penn: Born in 1991.
  • Hopper Jack Penn: Born in 1993.


Sean and Robin have a home north of San Francisco, California.
Robin: "The town we live in is like a Connecticut village. The kids go to a local public school that's nationally ranked. It's why we moved here ... We're too far from L.A. for the paparazzi to travel to. But they'll still make up any story. We bought a house that's across from the police and fire stations, and a tabloid reported that we chose that house for extra security. Our town is so tiny that half the houses are across from the police station!"
Source: Jennifer Graham Kizer. "Robin Wright Penn: inside her private family life." Redbook. 11/2005. pg. 54.


Marriage Issues:

Both Robin and Sean filed for divorce in late December 2007, citing irreconcilable differences. In April 2008 Sean and Robin withdrew their divorce petition.

"No one is happy when a longtime Hollywood couple goes kaput--there are only five of them left in captivity. So we're delighted to report that Sean and Robin Penn have reunited, and it feels so good. How'd they do it? ... Sean hops onstage at Vedder's show and dedicates a song to Robin. The next day she stops the divorce. So music really is the food of love."
Source: "When Your Marriage Gets in a Jam." Newsweek. 4/21/2008. pg. 63.



Sean: Actor, writer, producer, director.

Robin: Actress, producer, model.

Previous Marriages:

Robin was previous married to actor Dane Witherspoon from 1986 to 1988. They met on the set of the soap Santa Barbara. Dane died at the age of 56 on March 29, 2014.

Sean was previously married to Madonna from August 16, 1985 to September 14, 1989 when their marriage ended in divorce.

"I describe that marriage as loud. That's how I remember it. And frankly, I don't recall having a single conversation in four years of marriage. I've talked to her a couple of times since, and there's a whole person there. I just didn't know it."
Source: IMDB.com

Eileen Ryan Penn: "Sean said to me once, 'You know, I made a mistake, I mistook a great first date for a marriage. I should have just taken her out.'"
Source: Richard T. Kelly. Sean Penn: His Life and Times 2004. pg. 217.

Quotes About the Marriage of Sean Penn and Robin Wright:

Sean: "Love's a mess and I enjoy that mess."
Source: "Wright Track." People Weekly. 1/25/1999. pg. 107.


Robin: "But it's always been drama in my life with Sean, always. It's pronounced: that's the word i would use for him, in every way -- presence, emotional life -- 'pronounced'. I think it's in his blood. He's always at the heart of something. Never a dull moment ..."
Source: Richard T. Kelly. Sean Penn: His Life and Times 2004. pg. 317.

"Sean Penn and wife Robin Wright Penn don't need a lot of preparation to get into character. Cameras rolling or not, they're all passion, all the time ..."
Source: "Wright Track." People Weekly. 1/25/1999. pg. 107.

Helen Katz: "Sean and Robin are the best thing that ever happened to each other. It just took them a long time to realize that."
Source: Richard T. Kelly. Sean Penn: His Life and Times 2004. pg. 6.

Robin's prenup advice to Ileana Douglas: "Patience and a sense of humor are key."
Source: "Wright Track." People Weekly. 1/25/1999. pg. 107.

Robin about her relationship with Sean: "I think it's more of a sharing. We want to share with each other what moves us, what touches us, what could potentially touch us."
Source: Mark Ruffalo. "Robin Wright Penn." Interview. 12/2006. pg. 81.

Robin about working with Sean: "There's nothing better than working with someone who you know loves you."
Source: William Georgiades. "Our kind of woman: Robin Wright Penn." Esquire. 8/1997. pg. 28.

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