Paltrow at the launch of Estee Lauder's Sensuous perfume, July 2008
|Born||Gwyneth Kate Paltrow
September 27, 1972
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Chris Martin (m. 2003–present)|
Paltrow gained early notice for her work in films such as Se7en (1995), Emma (1996), in which she played the title role, and Sliding Doors (1998). She garnered worldwide recognition through her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which 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.
Since then, Paltrow has portrayed supporting as well as lead roles in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Shallow Hal (2001), Iron Man (2008), and Proof (2005), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama. Paltrow has been the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume since 2005 and serves on the board of the charitable Robin Hood Foundation. She is married to Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, with whom she has a daughter and a son.
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 Awards. 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) alongside Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, which earned her a Satellite Award nomination. The film was successful commercially and critically. Then in 1996, she played the title character 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 Paltrow gained critical acclaim for her work in the film. Entertainment Weekly commented, "Best of all is Gwyneth Paltrow, who, at long last, has a movie to star in that's as radiant as she is." The New York Times summed up her turn as Viola as such: "Gwyneth Paltrow, in her first great, fully realized starring performance, makes a heroine so breathtaking that she seems utterly plausible as the playwright's guiding light." For her performance in the award-winning Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow won the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role from the Screen Actors Guild and 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 in 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.
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. 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.
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 stars as Gerda Wegener alongside Nicole Kidman in The Danish Girl. She will star in the country musical, Love Don't Let Me Down. Paltrow will play a lead role in the Virus thriller Contagion, which is directed by Steven Soderbergh.
Paltrow had her singing debut in the 2000 film Duets, in which she performed 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.
In May 2005, Paltrow became the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume. She appeared in Chicago on 17 August 2007, to sign bottles of the perfume, and on 8 July 2008, she promoted Lauder's Sensuous perfume in New York with the company's three other models. Estée Lauder donates a minimum of $500,000 of sales of items from the 'Pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow' collection to breast cancer research.
Paltrow is on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization to alleviate poverty in New York City. In 2006 she became the face for Bean Pole International, a Korean fashion brand. She starred with actor Daniel Henney in several commercial films. In October 2007, she signed for a PBS television series Spain... on the road Again with Mario Batali that showcases the food and culture of Spain.
In September 2008, she launched a weekly lifestyle newsletter, Goop, encouraging readers to 'nourish the inner aspect'. The website's title is 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 E-Online, Vanity Fair, The Independent, and the UK's Daily Mirror.
In February 2009, Paltrow received a Grammy nomination for her reading of the classic bear books of author Bill Martin, Jr.
Paltrow is a Save the Children artist ambassador. She has been quoted saying:
|“||We have what it takes to prevent and cure childhood pneumonia. Yet the disease tragically claims more than two million babies and toddlers every year. We can stand on the sides and continue to watch this tragedy unfold or we can step in and change the ending. World Pneumonia Day gives everyone the chance to act.||”|
Paltrow had an on-off three year relationship with Ben Affleck. They first dated from November 1997 to January 1999. After their breakup, she convinced Affleck to work in the film Bounce, which was shot in 1999, and once filming was completed on the project, they dated again from November 1999 to October 2000.
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!"||”|
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 first breakup with Ben Affleck. Their friendship ended because Ryder accused Paltrow 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."
|Hook||Young Wendy Darling|
|1993||Deadly Relations||Carol Ann Fagot|
|Flesh and Bone||Ginny|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Paula Hunt|
|Jefferson in Paris||Patsy Jefferson|
|Se7en||Tracy Mills||Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
|Moonlight and Valentino||Lucy Trager|
|The Pallbearer||Julie DeMarco|
|Emma||Emma Woodhouse||Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
|1998||Out of the Past||Sarah Orne Jewett||voice|
|Sliding Doors||Helen Quilley||Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for Shakespeare in Love
Russian Guild of Film Critics - Best Foreign Actress
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress also for Shakespeare in Love
|A Perfect Murder||Emily Bradford Taylor||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress|
|Shakespeare in Love||Viola De Lesseps||Academy Award for Best Actress
Empire Award for Best Actress
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress also for Sliding Doors
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Joseph Fiennes
San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress also for Sliding Doors
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Sexiest Love Scene shared with Joseph Fiennes
|1999||The Talented Mr. Ripley||Marge Sherwood||Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress|
|Bounce||Abby Janello||Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actress
Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Ben Affleck
|2001||The Anniversary Party||Skye Davidson|
|The Royal Tenenbaums||Margot Tenenbaum||Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
|Shallow Hal||Rosemary Shanahan||Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress|
|2002||Searching for Debra Winger||Herself||Documentary|
|Austin Powers in Goldmember||Gwyneth Paltrow as Dixie Normous in 'Austinpussy'|
|2003||View from the Top||Donna Jensen|
|2004||Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow||Polly Perkins||Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss shared with Jude Law|
|2005||Proof||Catherine||Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama|
|Love and Other Disasters||Hollywood Jacks|
|Running with Scissors||Hope Finch|
|2007||The Good Night||Dora|
|2008||Iron Man||Pepper Potts||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actress
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Actress
|Two Lovers||Michelle||Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Lead Female|
|2010||Iron Man 2||Pepper Potts||Completed|
|The Danish Girl||Gerda Wegener||Filming|
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