Sean Pean, Robin Wright divorce on third attempt

Academy Award winning actor Sean Penn listens during a news conference in San Francisco, California March 3, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sean Penn’s tortuous divorce process is finally over.

The Oscar-winning actor has officially split from his wife of 14 years, “Forrest Gump” co-star Robin Wright, after the couple dropped two earlier attempts, court papers showed.

Wright, 44, first filed for divorce in December 2007, but withdrew the paperwork. Penn, who turns 50 on Aug. 17, asked for a legal separation in April 2009, but withdrew the request a few weeks later, calling it an “an arrogant mistake.”

But last August Wright filed for divorce again in northern California where they reside, citing irreconcilable differences.

A Marin County judge signed off on the divorce, with court papers published on Thursday by celebrity website E! Online showing the divorce became official on July 27.

The couple were awarded joint custody of their son Hopper, who turns 17 on Friday.

Penn won best actor Oscars for his roles in the Clint Eastwood-directed drama “Mystic River” and as slain gay activist Harvey Milk in the movie “Milk.”

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Dean Goodman)

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