Sean Penn files for legal separation

Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:59pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has filed for a legal separation from his wife Robin Wright Penn after an attempt to reconcile apparently failed.

According to court papers filed last week in Marin County, near San Francisco, Penn asked for the legal separation from his wife of 13 years on April 23 on grounds of irreconcilable differences.

The couple started divorce proceedings in December 2007 but got back together again a few months later. The couple have two children aged 18 and 15.

Penn, 48, won his second best actor Oscar in February for his role as slain gay activist Harvey Milk in the movie "Milk". Robin Wright Penn starred in the 1999 romantic drama "Message in a Bottle" and is currently appearing in the investigative reporting thriller "State of Play."

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant)

 
<p>Sean Penn, best actor nominee for his role in the film "Milk," and his wife, actress Robin Wright Penn, arrive at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California in this file photo fromFebruary 22, 2009. REUTERS/Jason Reed</p>