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Gwyneth Paltrow


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Gwyneth Kate Paltrow






Los Angeles, California, USA



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United States

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Shakespeare in Love


5' 9½" (1.77 m)


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Gwyneth Paltrow - Biography


Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (pronounced /ˈɡwɪnɨθ ˈpælˌtroʊ/; born September 27, 1972) is an American actress. She is the daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. She dropped out of university to act. She began in theatre in 1990, and in film the following year. Her early films include Se7en (1995), Emma (1996), in which she played the title role, and Sliding Doors (1998). Her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998) brought 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 with roles in such films as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Shallow Hal (2001). She starred in the film Duets (2000), produced and directed by her father, and sang on two singles from the film's soundtrack. She received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama for Proof (2005). She appeared in Iron Man (2008).
Paltrow dated Brad Pitt from 1995 until 1997, and married Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, in 2003. They have two children, Apple and Moses. Paltrow said she curtailed her work following her first child. In 2005 Paltrow became the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume. She is on the board of the charitable Robin Hood Foundation.

Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Blythe Danner, an actress, and Bruce Paltrow, a film and television 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 act. Paltrow has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, and is cousin of actress Katherine Moennig and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08). She is an "adopted daughter" of Talavera de la Reina (Spain), where at 15 she spent a year as an exchange student and learned Spanish. Paltrow was childhood friends with Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph.

Paltrow made her professional stage debut in 1990. Her most recent stage appearance was in Proof at London's Donmar Warehouse. Her debut film was Shout, with John Travolta. She also appeared in Hook (1991), as Young Wendy. The film was nominated for five Academy Award. Paltrow appeared in Malice (1993), with Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman, in the film, she had a minor role. In the same year, Paltrow had a supporting role in Flesh and Bone.
Paltrow starred in Se7en (1995), which earned her an Satellite Award nomination. She appeared with Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. The film was successful commercially and critically. Then in 1996 she starred in Emma to critical acclaim, particularly in the UK for her English accent, as well as in Europe and Asia.

Paltrow starred in Shakespeare in Love, in which she portrayed the fictional love of William Shakespeare, portrayed by Joseph Fiennes. It earned US$100 million in box office receipts in the USA, and received 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 she starred in A Perfect Murder. In 1999 Paltrow starred in The Talented Mr. Ripley which earned $80 million domestically and received positive reviews.
Audiences got their first taste of Paltrow's singing ability with the 2000 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. In the same year, Paltrow starred with Ben Affleck in Bounce as Abby Janello.
She appeared as Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums, which was a financial and critical success. The comedy featured an all-star cast, including Gene Hackman, Ben Stiller, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Danny Glover, Seymour Cassel, Owen and Luke Wilson. She starred with Jack Black the comedy Shallow Hal, where she played both roles, slim and fat Rosemary and had to wear a specially designed 25 pound fatsuit and heavy make-up.
In The Guardian, she said she divided her career into movies for love and films for money: The Royal Tenenbaums, Proof, and Sylvia fell into the former category, while View from the Top and Shallow Hal the latter.

Since the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow's film success has been less noteworthy. She said she was unequipped for the pressure, leading to several bad movie choices, agreeing with peers who believe the win is a curse. She had cameo roles such as in the Brittany Murphy film 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 film Proof, based on the play of the name, as a young protagonist, mathematician and daughter Catherine.
In 2008, she appeared in Iron Man as Pepper Potts, Stark's closest friend, budding love interest, and business partner after Pepper replaced Obadiah Stane as CEO of Stark Industries. The film is her first blockbuster in several years. Paltrow said she was hesitant to appear in a big film but she was won over by Robert Downey Jr., the star, and director Jon Favreau. Paltrow recalled a conversation with Downey, 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. ”
She appears in the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2 as the same character of the first film. The film, slated for a May 2010 release is directed by Jon Favreau and also stars Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke, Sam Rockwell, and Samuel L. Jackson. She star as Gerda Wegener alongside Nicole Kidman in The Danish Girl. She will star in the country musical, Love Don't Let Me Down.

Paltrow had her singing debut in the 2000 film Duets, in which she perform a cover version of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'". The song was well-received and released as a single. The song went to number one in Australia while Paltrow's rendition of the Kim Carnes classic "Bette Davis Eyes" reached number three. In the 2006 film Infamous, she sang "What Is This Thing Called Love".
On September 27, 2006, Paltrow sang with rapper 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 she said she would be at the concert but not that she would perform. She was 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.

Paltrow was engaged to Brad Pitt, whom she dated from 1994 to 1997. She regretted breaking up with him, telling Diane Sawyer she wished him well and could not believe he was with her when she was "such a mess".
On turning 30 on 27 September 2002 she said "I had the most incredible birthday weekend until my dad died on me like six days later. It's been, in many ways, the worst year of my life and will continue to be."
On 5 December 2003, she married Chris Martin of the British rock group Coldplay in a secret ceremony at a hotel in Southern California; she met him at a concert. On 14 May 2004, the couple had their first child, a girl named Apple Blythe Alison Martin. One of Martin's band associates already had a daughter named Apple, and the couple asked to 'borrow' the name. Paltrow further explained the first name on Oprah, saying:
“ It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture 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 lives in New York and Belsize Park in London, in a house bought from Kate Winslet.
In January 2006, Paltrow said, "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 8 April 2006, 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, she said she had depression after the death of her father, and after the birth of her second child. She practices yoga daily, and follows a macrobiotic diet, although she told People in 2005 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 husband, Phil Bronstein. Paltrow is friends with Madonna, with whom she shares a personal trainer, and fashion designer Valentino. She was friends with Winona Ryder until Paltrow's breakup with Ben Affleck. Their friendship ended because Winona accused Gwyneth of stealing the female lead role in Shakespeare in Love from her.
In December 2006, 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 said in the 6 December 2006 edition that it had obtained the quotes from English-language articles which are still referenced online. In a 2007 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 2007, Paltrow said she wasn't sure 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 scientists for saying shampoo causes cancer. She said, "I fear that shampoo gives cancer to children." Professor Hugh Pennington said shampoo is safe unless swallowed: "It’s a load of nonsense. Shampoo is perfectly safe, unless you drink it in large quantities."


Gwyneth Paltrow - Personal Quotes


Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.

[On her father's (Bruce Paltrow's) struggle with throat cancer]: It changed me more than anything else. You don't want to get to that place where you're the adult and you're palpably in the next generation. And, this shoved me into that.

[On her 1997 break up with Brad Pitt]: It really changed my life. When we split up, something changed, permanently, in me. My heart sort of broke that day, and it will never be the same.

I try to remember, as I hear about friends getting engaged, that it's not about the ring and it's not about the wedding. It's a grave thing, getting married. And it's easy to get swept up in the wrong things.

I find "Sex and the City" (1998) irreverent and shocking. It's one step beyond how girls really talk. I would do a cameo on that show in a flash.

I realised life is so short and precious, you should do things that make you feel inspired, that push you and teach you something. I'd rather not have a big house, a huge closet of clothes, diamonds and a private plane, and instead a body of work that I'm proud of.

I'm glad that some day my children will be able to see my father and hear his voice, get a sense of who he was. One of the things that disturbs me the most about the fact that he's dead, is that I feel like a statistic. I sort of feel like one of those people who was unfortunate and lost their father when they were 30, and life goes on. But he was so unique and so incredible, I don't like to think about it in those terms.

I worked so much in my 20s and I really burnt the candle at both ends. I wasn't too picky about what I did and I was lucky that I did some really good films, but I also did some really rubbish films, I think part of the downside about being so successful and winning the Oscar at the age of 26 is that I sort of became insouciant about the things that I chose. I thought "oh, I'll just try this, it'll be fun or I'll do that for the money". Things like that now I would absolutely never do.

The simpler things are, the happier they are.

The work gets more difficult as you get older. You learn more and you gather more experiences, there is deeper pain and higher highs.

There are certain women in this business who have children and I just think, "You must never, never see them!" You can't do movies back to back and see your child if they go to school.

Our marriage is between us. If we decide to continue being together or not, it's our business.

On being pregnant while filming on the set of her movie "Proof"]: It was very, very difficult. I was trying not to barf. I felt terrible.

Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, another romantic comedy? You know. You see her in something like Walk the Line (2005) and think, "God, you're so great!" And then you think, "Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?" But of course, it's for money and status. I just think, "Wouldn't it be great if all of those movies people went to see were about real women?"

I love the English way, which is not as capitalistic as it is in America. People don't talk about work and money. They talk about interesting things at dinner parties. I like living here because I don't tap into the bad side of American psychology, which is "I'm not achieving enough, I'm not making enough, I'm not at the top of the pile!"

I'm very happy here (in London) and I really like the way the film industry works, everybody cares. I like that it doesn't have this big capitalistic feeling. When you do something in LA you really feel the crew are punching the clock.

I sort of look at some peers of mine and I think, "No, you've got it all wrong!" I just want to tell them all to have babies and be happy and not get sucked into that Hollywood thing.

I find the English amazing how they got over 7/7. There were no multiple memorials with people sobbing as they would have been in America. There, they are constantly scaring people but at the same time, people think nothing of going to see a therapist.

Brits are far more intelligent and civilised than Americans. I love the fact that you can hail a taxi and just pick up your pram and put in the back of the cab without having to collapse it. I love the parks and places I go for dinner and my friends. It's a pretty city, you know.

British people don't seem to ask each other out on dates. If someone asked you out they're really going out on a limb, whereas in America it happens all the time. Someone will come up to you and ask you for dinner and you'll say, "Sure!" It's no big deal and no weight should be attached to it. It's only dinner, for God's sake. Yet in Britain, mostly what happens seems to be that people meet at work. If there's a little something there, then they hang out together and, all of a sudden, they're boyfriend and girlfriend.

It would be a lot easier on Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston now had they not talked to the press about each other and everything to begin with. I learned my lesson at 24.

[On daughter Apple's accent]: She says "Mummy" instead of "Mommy", I don't mind that. I will if she starts saying "basil" and "pasta" the English way, as that really drives me nuts.

[On the paparazzi]: If I have my daughter in the car and they are making me nervous, I'll do whatever I have to do. I keep a whole log. I take pictures of their cars, write down license plate numbers, everything. If they do it again, I can go to the police. I know my rights and, believe me, I will have them arrested. I will stop at nothing.

[On Madonna: She has evolved with so much wisdom and grace that I would say my favorite Madonna is today's Madonna. She's a beautiful product of all her explorations and incarnations. (In Style magazine, Sept/2006).


Gwyneth Paltrow - Filmography


The Danish Girl (2010) .... Greta Wegener
Love Don't Let Me Down (2010) .... Kelly Canter
Iron Man 2 (2010) .... Pepper Potts
... aka Iron Man 2: The IMAX Experience (USA: IMAX version)
... aka Iron Man II (International: English title: promotional title)
Two Lovers (2008) .... Michelle Rausch
Iron Man (2008) .... Pepper Potts
... aka Ironman (International: English title: alternative spelling) (USA: poster title)
Classical Baby (I'm Grown Up Now): The Poetry Show (2008) (TV)
The Good Night (2007) .... Dora Shaller
... aka The good Night - Träum weiter... (Germany: DVD title)
Running with Scissors (2006) .... Hope Finch
Love and Other Disasters (2006) .... Hollywood Jacks
... aka Love (and Other Disasters) (Australia: DVD box title)
... aka Love (et ses petits désastres) (France)
Infamous (2006) .... Kitty Dean
Proof (2005) .... Catherine
... aka {proof} (International: English title: poster title)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) .... Polly Perkins
Sylvia (2003) .... Sylvia Plath
View from the Top (2003) .... Donna Jensen
Possession (2002) .... Maud Bailey
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) .... Gwyneth Paltrow / Dixie Normous ('Austinpussy")
... aka Austin Powers: Goldmember (USA)
Shallow Hal (2001) .... Rosemary
... aka Schwer verliebt (Germany)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001) .... Margot Tenenbaum
The Anniversary Party (2001) .... Skye Davidson
Bounce (2000) .... Abby Janello
Duets (2000) .... Liv
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) .... Marge Sherwood
... aka The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused Loving Musical Gifted Intelligent Beautiful Tender Sensitive Haunted Passionate Talented Mr. Ripley (USA: complete title)
Shakespeare in Love (1998) .... Viola De Lesseps
A Perfect Murder (1998) .... Emily Bradford Taylor
Hush (1998) .... Helen Baring
Great Expectations (1998) .... Estella
Sliding Doors (1998) .... Helen Quilley
"Thomas Jefferson" (1997) TV mini-series (voice) .... Jefferson's grandaughter
Emma (1996) .... Emma Woodhouse
The Pallbearer (1996) .... Julie DeMarco
Sydney (1996) .... Clementine
... aka Hard Eight (USA: new title)
Moonlight and Valentino (1995) .... Lucy Trager
Se7en (1995) .... Tracy Mills
... aka Seven (UK: video title) (USA: alternative spelling) (USA: video title) (USA: DVD title)
Jefferson in Paris (1995) .... Patsy Jefferson
... aka Jefferson à Paris (France)
Higher Learning (1995) (uncredited) .... Student
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994) .... Paula Hunt
... aka Mrs. Parker and the Round Table
Flesh and Bone (1993) .... Ginnie
Malice (1993) .... Paula Bell
Deadly Relations (1993) (TV) .... Carol Ann Fagot Applegarth Holland
Cruel Doubt (1992) (TV) .... Angela Pritchard
Hook (1991) .... Young Wendy
Shout (1991) .... Rebecca


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