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After three strong supporting roles in 2011 ("Moneyball," "Rampart," "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Robin Wright returned with headliner power in Netflix's "House of Cards." Much has been said about how the show (reviews: Toh, Indiewire) heralds the new post-tv era (as of February 12 it was the most-streamed title on Netflix). But for many observers, the big reveal of the series (available in its 13-episode entirety on Netflix) is not the always showy Kevin Spacey, or yet another wily Mara sister, but scene-stealer Wright as Washington powerbroker Claire Underwood. Now 46, one-time Wright-Penn (she was married to Sean Penn for 14 years) has consistently delivered creme de la creme performances, from "Princess Bride" and "Forrest Gump" to "The Conspirator," just not in flashy lead roles or widely-seen tentpoles. As The National Post writes, "Wright is the revelation." Her career has not only »

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