Robin Wright has won the admiration of millions of people through her striking performances in movies and television series for the past two decades. Her characters are more than often troubled women who are going through dramatic experiences in their lives. The natural and realistic ways in which she approaches the roles she is playing has convinced many directors to cast her in high-budgeted productions that eventually end up sweeping the award competitions in which they enter.
Her first major role came in the TV series Santa Barbara, where she played the role of Kelly Capwell for no less than 524 episodes between 1984 and 1988. Her corny appearance as Buttercup in the 1988 classic The Princess Bride finally propelled her to Hollywood and she departed the TV productions to follow a career in major motion pictures. The next six years saw her play different characters in less popular movies like State of Grace (1990), The Playboys (1992) and Toys (1992).
The breakthrough finally came in 1994 when director Robert Zemeckis offered her the role of Jenny in Forrest Gump. The film starring Tom Hanks became a worldwide sensation and established Wright’s place among the most talented actresses of her generation.
The next decade has turned Robin Wright into one of the most sought-after actresses for lead roles in Hollywood. She took great care of her career and only picked films where she would play opposite cinema legends like Jack Nicholson in The Crossing Guard (1995), Morgan Freeman in Moll Flanders (1996) and Samuel L. Jackson in Unbreakable (2000).
Later in her life, Robin Wright chose to take more care of her family life and the marriage she had with Sean Penn, so she only chose minor roles in smaller productions. Her return to mainstream happened with the role of Claire Underwood in the famous Netflix series House of Cards in 2013.