Robin Wright Penn

     I was a little intrigued at last year’s Oscars when Sean Penn thanked the world for his gratuitous statuette- that is, everyone  except for his wife, Robin Wright Penn.  I remember thinking “Wow, what a cock,” and admiring her grace as she sat there with all eyes upon her, waiting for him to acknowledge the mother of his two kids. Now it appears I am the only person on earth not to notice that they had marital difficulties and it was all over even then.

     What reminded of that this week are the upcoming Oscars and a movie I saw tonight, Pippa LeeIt is a delicate vehicle for Keannu Reeves and Robin Wright Penn, and enjoyable. But what struck me most about the film was once again the absolute poise of RWP. 

     If you don’t remember, as a young woman she starred as Princess Buttercup in the The Princess BrideThis is one of the all time great movies. When it came out, I was a young marine at Guantanamo in the late eighties. No prison camp then, just a cold war outpost for about three hundred or so jarheads and plenty of sailors. I still recall guys in my platoon, far from home and lonely,  unsure of their place in the world, absolutely enthralled by the film. And by Ms. Wright’s Buttercup. The perfect idealized woman, beautiful and faithful to her man even when he was off to sea and presumed lost years before. We crowded around a t.v. in the open squad bay and memorized every line.

     Now, years after mothering her children, years after several notable roles and living with Sean Penn, There she is on the screen in this tidy little film. Forty three years old. Once again, you can’t help but see the talent and beauty. Out-shining woman twenty years younger…and still to many of us, the perfect princess.

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