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Gwyneth Katherine Paltrow (born September
27, 1972) is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer.
Birth name: Gwyneth Katherine Paltrow
Date of birth: September 27, 1972
Birth location: Los Angeles, California
Height: 5 ft 9¼ in (1.76 m)
Academy Awards: Best Actress, 1998
Shakespeare in Love
Paltrow was born in Los Angeles,
California, to the late Bruce Paltrow, a film director, and Blythe
Danner (a well-known character actress); Paltrow's father was Jewish and
her mother was raised in the Quaker religion. Raised in Santa Monica,
she attended Spence School, a selective private girls' school in New
York City, and briefly studied Art History at the University of
California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out and committing herself to
acting. Paltrow has a younger brother named Jake and is a cousin of
actress Katherine Moennig. She is an adopted child of Talavera de la
Reina, where she lived as an exchange student.
Her debut film was Shout (1991), and later
the same year she had a small role in family friendly Steven Spielberg's
Hook (1991). She later starred in Se7en (1995), dating her co-star Brad
Pitt. Her performance in Emma (1996) received its share of praise. She
was awarded the Academy Award for Best Actress two years later for her
performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), in which her then-boyfriend
Ben Affleck also appeared. She has since had a steady film career, with
a few notable film roles, including Proof (2005) and The Royal
In an interview with The Guardian  on 27
January 2006, Paltrow admitted that she divided her career into those
movies she did for love, and those "shite" films she did for money. The
Royal Tenenbaums, Proof and Sylvia went into the former category, whilst
View From the Top and Shallow Hal were in the latter. .
In May of 2005, Paltrow was announced as
the new face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume.
In 2000, Paltrow and Huey Lewis released
the single "Cruisin'" as a promotion for the movie Duets. A video was
shot and the song became #1 in Australia.
In 2002, Paltrow appeared on singer Sheryl
Crow's album titled C'mon, C'mon singing with her on the track "It's
She's confirmed to be working on her album
and has already finished recording her first single. The date of release
is unclear but William Orbit, producer of Madonna's album Ray of Light
and All Saints Pure Shores, is helping Paltrow on her own L.P.
She had a much-publicized romance and
engagement to Brad Pitt and was also once linked romantically to Ben
Affleck and Robert Sean Leonard. She later stated that she regretted
breaking up with Pitt. In an interview with Barbara Walters she stated
that she wished Pitt well and couldn't believe he was with her when she
was "such a mess." They were together for over three years.
On December 5, 2003, she married Chris
Martin of the British rock group Coldplay in a secret wedding ceremony
in Southern California. Paltrow gave birth to their first child,
daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin, on May 14, 2004, in London. She
explained the unusual 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 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, son Moses Bruce Anthony
Martin, was born on April 8, 2006, by caesarean section in New York
City's Mount Sinai Hospital. Her son's first name can be explained by
the song that her husband wrote for her shortly before their secret
wedding, called "Moses." It includes the words "Like Moses has the power
of the sea, so you've got power over me..." and is about the moment when
Martin met Paltrow.
In May of 2005, she publicly announced that
she suffered from depression after the untimely death of her father
Bruce Paltrow. She practices yoga, and is a vegan as well as following 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."
She is a good friend of Christina
Applegate, but she 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 also good friends
with Madonna and fashion designers Valentino and Stella McCartney.
Steven Spielberg is a close family friend. She was best friends with
Winona Ryder until her breakup with Brad Pitt.
Paltrow had a stalker in 1999 and 2000
named Dante Michael Siou, who allegedly sent five to ten packages a
week: everything from love notes, flowers and candy to religious tracts,
pornography, dozens of letters a week, and over 1,200 emails. He also
made a threat of a sexual nature and showed up repeatedly at her house,
even after her mother, Blythe Danner warned him not to return. He
persisted despite being warned by the FBI and was sentenced to several
years in a mental institution.
According to documents filed with the
Federal Election Commission, Gwyneth Paltrow contributed $1,500 to John
Kerry's campaign for President in 2004, and also contributed $2,000 to
EMILY's List and $2,500 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The FEC documents also list her home address as being in New York City.
Paltrow is a descendant of the famous Rabbi
David HaLevi Segal of Cracow through the Russian rabbinical family
Paltrowitch, which produced 33 rabbis over several generations. Paltrow
has said she is very proud of being Jewish, and has attributed her
father's warmth to his Jewish heritage:
My father had that incredible Jewish
warmth, really bolstering us (Paltrow and her brother) all the time. And
when you're 9 years old and you're hearing that you are the best person,
it gets in there, and you think, 'OK, I'm not going to be afraid to try
things, because I'm always loved no matter what.' That kills me, when I
think about it. It totally breaks my heart, how lucky I am.
Flesh and Bone (1993)
Deadly Relations (1993)
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
Jefferson in Paris (1995)
Moonlight and Valentino (1995)
Hard Eight (1996)
The Pallbearer (1996)
Out of the Past (1998) (documentary)
Sliding Doors (1998)
Great Expectations (1998)
A Perfect Murder (1998)
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
The Intern (2000) (Cameo)
The Anniversary Party (2001)
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Shallow Hal (2001)
Searching for Debra Winger (2002)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) (Cameo)
View from the Top (2003)
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
Running with Scissors (2006)
Love and Other Disasters (2006)
The Good Night (2006)
Untitled Doobles Project (2007)
Dirty Tricks (2007)
for As Good As It Gets Academy Award for
for Shakespeare in Love Succeeded by:
for Boys Don't Cry
1 Hello magazine staff writer (2004).
"Gwyneth lets Oprah in on the secret of Apple" HelloMagazine.com
(accessed August 21, 2006)
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