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Eileen Ryan (née Annucci; born October 16, 1928) is an American actress who has appeared in a number of movies and TV series. She is the widow of actor and director Leo Penn, and mother of actors Sean Penn and Chris Penn and singer Michael Penn.

Eileen Ryan
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Born Eileen Annucci
(1928-10-16) October 16, 1928 (age 89)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1955–present
Spouse(s) Leo Penn
(m. 1957; his death 1998)
Children Michael Penn
Sean Penn
Chris Penn
Relatives Dylan Penn (granddaughter)


Life and careerEdit

Ryan was born Eileen Annucci in New York City, the daughter of Rose Isabel (née Ryan), a nurse, and Amerigo Giuseppe Annucci, a dentist.[1] Ryan's mother was an Irish American native of Plattsburgh, New York, and her father was Italian American.[1]

She was married to Leo Penn, an actor and active union member, who was once blacklisted, from 1957. They were married until his death in 1998. Ryan appeared with her sons Sean and Chris in the 1986 film At Close Range, as their grandmother. She also made an appearance in The Crossing Guard, which Sean directed. While Madonna was married to Sean, she told the press "My mother-in-law is the only woman I've ever met whom I find truly intimidating."[citation needed]





  1. ^ a b Kelly, Richard T. Sean Penn: His Life and Times. Canongate U.S. 2004. ISBN 1-84195-623-6.

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