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Gwyneth Paltrow

Facts about Gwyneth Paltrow

Date of Birth:27 September 1972
Birthplace:Los Angeles, CA
First Name:Gwyneth
Middle Name:Kate
Last Name:Paltrow
Maiden Name:Paltrow
Height:5' 9" (175 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Libra
Claim to Fame:Shakespeare in Love
Occupation:American actress
Occupation Category:Actress
Music Genre:Rock
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Biography for Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born sep. 27, 1972 (48 years ago)) is an American actress.

The daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner, Paltrow dropped out of her university to follow an acting career. She began her career in theatre in 1990 (30 years ago), and made her movie debut the following year. Her early movies include such successes as Se7en (1995, 25 years ago), Emma (1996, 24 years ago), in which she played the title role, and Sliding Doors (1998, 22 years ago). Her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998, 22 years ago) brought her widespread recognition; she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actress and as a member of the Outstanding Cast, among other awards and nominations.

She followed this success with roles in such movies as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999, 21 years ago) and Shallow Hal (2001, 19 years ago). She also starred in the movie Duets (2000, 20 years ago), produced and directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow, and sang on two singles released from the film's soundtrack, which were hits in some countries. She received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion picture (wallpaper) Drama for Proof (2005, 15 years ago). More recently she appeared in the box-office success Iron Man (17 walls) (2008, 12 years ago).

Her personal life has often been scrutinized in the media; she dated Brad pitt (17 walls) from 1995 (25 years ago) until 1997 (23 years ago), and married Chris Martin, the lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, in 2003 (17 years ago). They are the parents of two children. Paltrow has commented that she curtailed her work commitments following the birth of her first child.

Early years

Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Blythe Danner, an actress, and Bruce Paltrow, a movie and TV director, writer, and producer. Paltrow's father was of Ashkenazi Russian Jewish descent and her mother is a Quaker of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, she attended Crossroads School before moving and attending The Spence School, a private girls' school in New York City. Later she briefly studied art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting. Paltrow has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, and is a cousin of actress Katherine Moennig and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08). She is an "adopted daughter" of Talavera de la Reina (Spain), where at age 15 she spent a year as an exchange student and learned Spanish. Paltrow was childhood friends with Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph.


Early career (1990–1994)

Paltrow made her professional stage debut in 1990 (30 years ago). Her most recent stage appearance was in Proof at London's Donmar Warehouse. Her debut movie was Shout (1991, 29 years ago). She also appeared in Hook (1991, 29 years ago), Malice (1993, 27 years ago), and Flesh and Bone (1993, 27 years ago).

Breakthrough (1995–2000)

Paltrow at the 2000 (20 years ago) Toronto International movie FestivalPaltrow starred in Se7en (1995, 25 years ago), opposite Brad pitt (17 walls) and Morgan Freeman. The movie was successful commercially and critically. Then in 1996 (24 years ago) she starred in Emma, where she received strongly positive critical acclaim, particularly in the UK for her impressive English accent, as well as in Europe and Asia.

Two years later, Paltrow starred in Shakespeare in Love, in which she portrayed the fictional love interest of William Shakespeare, portrayed by Joseph Fiennes. It earned more than US$100 million in box office receipts in the USA, and received numerous awards. Shakespeare in Love won the Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy and Best Screenplay, as well as the Academy Award for Best Picture. Paltrow also won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role from the Screen Actors Guild. Later that year, Paltrow won the Academy Award for Best Actress. The next year Paltrow starred in other movie roles such as A Perfect Murder. In 1999 (21 years ago) Paltrow starred in The Talented Mr. Ripley which earned over $80 million domestically, and received positive reviews.

Recent Years

Until recently, despite a relatively low profile, she has maintained a steady movie career with a few critically acclaimed movie roles, including Proof (2005, 15 years ago) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001, 19 years ago). Audiences got their first taste of Paltrow's singing ability with the 2000 (20 years ago) release of Duets, in which she co-starred with singer Huey Lewis, who played her karaoke-hustling estranged father, and was directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow. Towards the end of the film, their characters resolve their differences and perform a cover version of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'". The song was well-received and was eventually released as a single, getting heavy airplay from Top 40 and adult contemporary-formatted radio stations. The song went to number one in Australia while Paltrow's rendition of the Kim Carnes classic "Bette Davis Eyes" reached number three.

In an interview with The Guardian, Paltrow admitted that she divided her career into those movies she did for love and those movies she did for money: The Royal Tenenbaums, Proof, and Sylvia fell into the former category, while View from the Top and Shallow Hal were in the latter.

Since winning the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow's movie success has been less noteworthy. She said she was unequipped to cope with the pressure, leading her to make several bad movie choices, agreeing with peers who believe the win is a curse. She has also made several cameo roles, such as her appearance in the Brittany Murphy (25 walls) movie Love and Other Disasters, and several smaller roles, such as her role in Running With Scissors and Infamous, in which she sang Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?".

She appeared in the 2005 (15 years ago) movie Proof, based on the play of the same name, in which she plays a young protagonist, mathematician and daughter Catherine.

In 2008 (12 years ago), she appeared in Iron Man (17 walls) as Pepper Potts, her first blockbuster movie in several years. Paltrow told an interviewer that initially she was hesitant to appear in a big blockbuster film, but that she was won over by Robert Downey Jr., the star of the film, and director Jon Favreau. Paltrow recalled a conversation with Downey Jr., saying:

“ Robert called me and he said, 'This is gonna be fun, and this is gonna be good.' And then he said to me, 'Don't you want to be in a movie that people see?' And I was like, 'Whoa! What would that feel like?' And he's right. Moviemaking is not supposed to be a masturbatory exercise; it's supposed to be shared by other people. ”

Other work

In May 2005 (15 years ago), Paltrow became the new face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume. She appeared in Chicago on Aug. 17, 2007 (13 years ago), to sign bottles of the perfume, and on Jul. 8, 2008 (12 years ago), she promoted Lauder's Sensuous perfume in New York along with the company's three other spokesmodels. Estée Lauder donates a minimum of $500,000 of sales of items from the 'Pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow' collection to breast cancer research.

Paltrow serves on the board of the Robin Hood (8 walls) Foundation, a charitable organization which attempts to alleviate problems caused by poverty in New York City. In 2006 (14 years ago) she became the new face for Bean Pole International, a Korean fashion brand. She starred along with actor Daniel Henney in several commercial films. In Oct. 2007 (13 years ago), Paltrow signed up for a PBS TV series Spain... on the road Again with Mario Batali that showcases the food and culture of Spain.

In sep. 2008 (12 years ago), she launched a weekly online upscale lifestyle newsletter, Goop, encouraging readers to 'nourish the inner aspect'. The website's title is derived from the initials of her first and last names. Each week, the newsletter focuses on an action: Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, and See. It has been ridiculed by a number of news outlets, including E-Online, Vanity Fair, The Independent, and the UK's Daily Mirror.

In Feb. 2009 (11 years ago), Paltrow received a Grammy nomination for her reading of the classic bear books of author Bill Martin, Jr.

Personal life

Paltrow had a much-publicized romance and engagement to Brad pitt (17 walls) whom she dated from 1994 (26 years ago) to 1997 (23 years ago). She once stated that she regretted breaking up with Pitt, saying in an interview with Diane Sawyer that she wished Pitt well and could not believe he was with her when she was "such a mess". They were together for over three years. She has been linked romantically with Ben Affleck (7 walls), Luke Wilson, Chris Heinz, and Robert Sean Leonard.

On turning 30, she said "I had the most incredible birthday weekend until my dad died on me like six days later," said Paltrow, who turned 30 on sep. 27, 2002 (18 years ago). "It's been, in many ways, the worst year of my life and will continue to be."

On dec. 5, 2003 (17 years ago), she married Chris Martin of the British rock group Coldplay in a secret wedding ceremony in Southern California at a hotel; she had met him backstage at a concert. Paltrow gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Apple Blythe Alison Martin, five months later, on May 14, 2004 (16 years ago), in London. One of Chris Martin's band associates already had a daughter named Apple and Gwyneth and Chris asked their friend if they could 'borrow' the same name for their daughter. Gwyneth further explained the unusual first name on Oprah, saying:

“ It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture (wallpaper) for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they're wholesome and it's biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, "Perfect!" ”

The child's godfather is Simon Pegg. She currently divides her residence between New York and Belsize Park in London where they live in a house bought from Kate Winslet.

In Jan. 2006 (14 years ago), Paltrow announced that, "Since my daughter came along, I've not worked much through choice. And with another baby on its way, I don't think I will be doing a lot for the next year or so either." Her second child, a boy named Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born on Apr. 8, 2006 (14 years ago), in New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital. Her son's first name was explained as the song that her husband wrote for her shortly before their secret wedding, called "Moses".

In May 2005 (15 years ago), she publicly announced that she had suffered from depression after the death of her father and the birth of her first child. She practices yoga daily, and follows a macrobiotic diet, although she told People in 2005 (15 years ago) that, "I'm not as stringent as I was in the past. Now I'll have cheese once in a while or white flour, but I still believe in whole grains and no sugar."

Paltrow earned the enmity of Sharon Stone due to her performance as Stone in a Saturday Night Live skit that poked fun at Stone and her then-husband, Phil Bronstein. Paltrow is good friends with Madonna, with whom she shares a personal trainer, and fashion designer Valentino. Paltrow has appeared to have converted to the Kabbalah faith of which Madonna is an avid follower. Steven Spielberg is a close family friend. She was best friends with Winona Ryder (4 walls) until Gwyneth's breakup with Ben Affleck. Their friendship reportedly ended because Winona accused Gwyneth of stealing the female lead role in Shakespeare in Love from Winona.

On sep. 27, 2006 (14 years ago), Paltrow sang a duet with rap artist Jay-Z during his concert at Royal Albert Hall. She sang the chorus for "Song Cry", from the rapper's album Blueprint. In an interview prior to her appearance she indicated she would be attending the concert, but did not mention she would perform. She was also quoted as saying "I'm a Jay-Z fan. He's my best friend." Her husband, Chris Martin, later performed the song "Beach Chair" with Jay-Z from the rapper's album Kingdom Come.

In dec. 2006 (14 years ago), Paltrow was reported on the Internet to have told Notícias Sábado, the weekend magazine supplement of Portuguese newspaper Diário de Notícias, that she thought British people were more civilized and intelligent than Americans. Paltrow denied making the statements attributed to her and told People that she never gave an interview to a Portuguese publication, but did a press conference in Spain where she tried to say in Spanish that Europe was an "older culture" and Americans "live to work". Diário de Notícias later clarified in their dec. 6, 2006 (14 years ago), edition that they had not obtained the quotes from an original interview or foreign press conference, but rather from previous English-language articles which are still referenced online. In a 2007 (13 years ago) interview with W, Paltrow again claimed she was misquoted by Diário de Notícias, telling an interviewer:

“ I love America, and I'm an American through and through. But the conservative media won't let it go…. People love to give you a moniker and then, you know, they've designed this hole for you that you have to fit in." ”

In the May 2008 (12 years ago) issue of Vogue, Paltrow revealed that she suffered from post-partum depression after giving birth to her second child, Moses. She stated that she felt "out of her body", "disconnected, "down" and "pessimistic”.

In a 2007 (13 years ago) interview, Paltrow explained that she wasn't sure if she wanted more children. "My husband really wants to adopt," she told the interviewer, "So I don't know; I'm sort of open for anything."

She has been criticized by some scientists after stating her belief that using shampoo causes cancer. She said, "I fear that shampoo gives cancer to children." Professor Hugh Pennington responded by saying that shampoo is completely safe unless you drink it: "It’s a load of nonsense. Shampoo is perfectly safe, unless you drink it in large quantities."


  • Shout
  • Hook
  • Deadly Relations
  • Malice
  • Flesh and Bone
  • Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
  • Higher Learning
  • Jefferson in Paris
  • Se7en
  • Moonlight and Valentino
  • Hard Eight
  • The Pallbearer
  • Emma
  • Out of the Past
  • Sliding Doors
  • Great Expectations
  • Hush
  • A Perfect Murder
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • The Intern
  • Duets
  • Bounce
  • The Anniversary Party
  • The Royal Tenenbaums
  • Shallow Hal
  • Searching for Debra Winger
  • Austin Powers in Goldmember
  • Possession
  • View from the Top
  • Sylvia
  • Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow (13 walls)
  • Proof
  • Infamous
  • Love and Other Disasters
  • Running with Scissors
  • The Good Night
  • Iron Man (17 walls)
  • Two Lovers
  • Spain... on the road Again
  • Iron Man (17 walls) 2


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