December 24, 2004 |
As the light waned on a brisk fall afternoon, Sean Penn walked quickly into the barroom at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills in that slightly pigeon-toed half-swagger, and the heads of the patrons -- mostly women, as it happened -- turned in unison. Penn was wearing a black suit and gray shirt, was clean-shaven (once a rarity for him, but now increasingly the norm) and had his hair in a kind of 1930s-style sideburn-less blaze.
September 28, 2003 |
It is afternoon in Marin County, well past the lunch hour. In the Indian restaurant by the frontage road, the kitchen is about to close. There is the smell of curry and the sound of taped sitar music. In a corner, wondering whether the manager will bend the no-smoking law and let him fire up a cigarette at the table, Sean Penn is talking about work and life and these past 12 controversial months. "E.L.
January 6, 2002 |
Sean Penn doesn't believe in film preservation. He hates those hallowed classics like "The Grapes of Wrath" and " Gone With the Wind," a film he describes as "an abominable fraud of a movie." "I sometimes feel that they should just burn them all and start anew," he says. Penn giggles wickedly--a hoarse, breathy, gasping chortle. It's the first time in the last hour that a flash of mischievousness has animated his rough-hewn features.
May 14, 2000 |
It's a sunny afternoon in Laurel Canyon, but things are a little stormy inside the home of singer-songwriters Aimee Mann and Michael Penn. The stress of a photo session has sent Penn out the front door in pursuit of a nicotine fix as his wife mildly objects. He returns almost immediately. "I only had one puff," he says. That's not so bad, he's told. "It is when it's your first day quitting," he replies sharply, clearly annoyed with himself.
December 25, 1998 |
A night in the recent life of Sean Penn, actor, son, director, husband, movie star, father, celebrity: The students file in with first-night expectation, squinting into the television lights, shifting seats to find the best sight line and the best chance of appearing on camera. Offstage, Sean Penn is reported calm, his wife and frequent co-star, actress Robin Wright Penn, nervous. She'll sit with the audience for that night's taping of the Bravo series "Inside the Actors Studio."
September 10, 1998 |
Leo Penn, actor and veteran television director who earned an Emmy for directing a two-hour episode of "Columbo," has died. He was 77. Penn, patriarch of a performing family that includes son Sean, died Saturday in Los Angeles of cancer.