SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Robin Wright Penn has filed for divorce from Sean Penn after 11 years of marriage. Wright Penn filed the papers Dec. 21, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, who live in Northern California, are seeking joint custody of their two teenage children.
The pair met while Sean Penn was filming the 1990 Irish mob movie "State of Grace." At the time, he was considered one of the bad boys of Hollywood. He had married and divorced Madonna and occasionally tussled with photographers.
Robin Wright Penn once said she and her husband complemented each other. She seemed to provide a calming influence over him, and he helped her gain confidence.
"He helped me to believe that I could be strong and stand up for myself," she told the Los Angeles Times.
In 2004, Penn won a best actor Oscar for "Mystic River" for his role as an ex-hoodlum who reverts to his criminal ways as he seeks revenge for his daughter's death.
Penn directed this year's "Into The Wild," which is considered a front-runner for major awards, about a young idealist whose journey to Alaska ends in tragedy. He also starred as a death row inmate in 1995's "Dead Man Walking."
Wright Penn is best known for her role in "The Princess Bride" in 1987 and "Forrest Gump" in 1994 opposite Tom Hanks. Her other acting credits include "Beowulf" and "Breaking and Entering."