Fast Facts

  • Became a model at age 14 after being spotted rollerskating by a photographer; worked in France and Japan before quitting the business and deciding to be an actor.
  • Received three Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Ingenue in a Drama Series for her work on the NBC soap Santa Barbara (1986-88); also chosen as Outstanding Heroine by readers of Soap Opera Digest in 1988.
  • Her wedding to Sean Penn was attended by Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, and the best man was producer Art Linson (Fast Times at Ridgemont High).
  • Shortly after marrying Penn in 1996, was carjacked in their Santa Monica driveway; neither she nor their children were hurt, and both perpetrators were apprehended.
  • Was a juror at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival; ex-husband Sean Penn was the jury's president in 2008.

Awards

  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1998, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2007, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2016, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2014, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Greg Shapiro — Ex-significant Other
  • Dylan Frances Penn — Daughter
  • Gayle Wright — Mother
  • Charlie Sheen — Ex-significant Other
  • Hopper Jack Penn — Son
  • Eric Stoltz — Ex-significant Other
  • Richard Wright — Brother
  • Sean Penn — Ex-husband
  • Jason Patric — Ex-significant Other
  • Fred Wright — Father
  • Dane Witherspoon — Ex-husband
  • Ben Foster — Ex-fiancé