Robin Gayle Wright was born in Dallas, Texas, but grew up in San Diego, California. She started her professional career as a model, both in Paris and Japan.
After finishing high school she decided to become an actress. She got a role in the daytime series "Santa Barbara" (1984), for which she was nominated three times for an Emmy.
Meanwhile, Wright starred in blockbuster hit The Princess Bride (1987), in the title role. Thanks to the success, she got the starring role in Denial (1990) (aka "Loon"), alongside Jason Patric, whom she fell in love with. In 1990, she was in State of Grace (1990), where she met actor Sean Penn, by whom she had a daughter, Dylan Frances, and a son, Hopper Jack.
In 1991, she was offered the role of Maid Marian in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991), with Kevin Costner. But, on becoming pregnant she backed out. Robin was back to Hollywood with one the best roles of her career: She played Tara in The Playboys (1992). She was extremely stunning and brilliant. Then, she acted in Toys (1992) with Robin Williams, and she gave a funny performance.
In 1994, Wright was in top grossing Forrest Gump (1994), with Tom Hanks and Sally Field. For her performance as Jenny, she got a nomination for a Golden Globe Award. She got a small role in The Crossing Guard (1995), alongside Jack Nicholson and Anjelica Huston.
After turning down 14 roles (one of which went to Jeanne Tripplehorn in The Firm (1993), she played the title role of MGM/UA upcoming Moll Flanders (1996), directed by Pen Densham. Her co-stars are Morgan Freeman and Stockard Channing. She just started to star in Erin Dignam's Loved (1997), with William Hurt.