Sean Penn - Private Life
Penn's personal life began to
attract media attention when he married
in 1985. Madonna dedicated her third studio album,
to Penn, referring to him in the liner notes as "the coolest guy in the universe".
Well, even though Sean Penn and Madonna divorced in 1989.
Robin Wright Penn,
likewise a very successfull actress (Forrest Gump, Message in a bottle) he
bagan a relationship in
They have two children (a daughter, Dylan Frances and a son, Hopper Jack, namend
after Dennis Hopper und Jack Nicholson) - and in 1996 they got married.
December 27, 2007 the couple's representative announced they were divorcing.
However, on April 9, 2008 it was announced that they had ended their divorce
proceedings and were back together.
During a separation from Wright in the mid
1990s, Penn dated singer and songwriter
He was also the director of the original video for Jewel's hit song
Were Meant for Me.
His younger brother,
Chris Penn, famous for playing "Nice Guy Eddie" in
died from an enlarged heart (drug induced) in his Santa Monica condominium
on January 24, 2006.
His older brother,
Michael Penn ist a musician and
together with his wife,
he covered a Beatles-Song for the film
I am Sam (
Two of us).
In September 2005, Penn traveled to New Orleans
to aid Hurricaine Katrina victims. He was physically involved in rescuing people,
although there have been criticisms his involvement was merely a PR stunt as he
hired a photographer to come along with his entourage. Later Sean Penn said,
that "he was only trying to help".
In 2008 Sean Penn has been selected to lead the
61. Cannes Film Festival jury in May 2008 as their president. Penn said in a statement "that a new
generation of filmmaking may have begun," citing "increasingly thoughtful,
provocative, moving, and imaginative films by talented filmmakers" in what
appeared to be "a rejuvenation of cinema building worldwide."
Sean Penn has been committed for some time
against the Bush administration, among other things due to the Iraq
invasion (The Third Gulf War) and the threat of Iran. He is a member of
"Not in our Name"
(NION), a community movement of cultural variables, which are
opposed to war decides. More on Sean Penn's political activities can be
Sean Penn and politics
Anarchy in a caravan - that's Sean
When his house burned down during one of these devastating fires in
California (Sean and Robin had just split up for a while
and Sean was living in a caravan on the burned down ground for a while
...) the family decided, to leave Tinseltown and moved to the San
Francisco Bay Area. Sean Penn about the house burn:
had a house burn down
once, and everything in life burned
except my family, and it was so
liberating. I didn't have a bad moment about it. It sort of
reinvigorated my interest in a lot of things. I wonder if there should
be some kind of anarchy."
So now, there is
only one problem left - smoking! Sean Penn's father, Leo Penn, died of lung
cancer, aged 77. Sean's friend, composer Joseph Vitarelli, remembers the
funeral: `Leo died of lung cancer. And Sean and I were smoking at his
funeral, outside, round a corner. I mean, we really needed a cigarette that
Sean Penn quit smoking at his 40. birthday .... or let`say, he cut it down
... or, ehm ... tried, to cut it down ... whatever ... Up to then he was one
of Hollywoods strongest smokers with a minimum of four (!) packets of
cigaretts a day.
Hopper with the Penn-Family
motto is a quote of E. L. Doctorow:
responsibility of the artist is to know the time in which he lives"
So therefore we can be sure, that time and
again as actor and director, as writer and journalist, he will show up and
fight the good fights for us....