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Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth PaltrowAKA Gwyneth Kate Paltrow

Born: 27-Sep-1972 [1]
Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

Gender: Female
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Shakespeare in Love

Gwyneth Paltrow was raised in a successful show business family. Her father was long-time TV producer and director Bruce Paltrow, who worked on such shows as The White Shadow and St. Elsewhere, and her mother is Blythe Danner, a minor movie star and character actress. Paltrow attended an expensive, all-girls private school, and as a teenager occasionally performed on stage with her mother. She briefly attended the University of California studying anthropology, before dropping out to become an actress.

In her first film role she kissed Glenn Quinn in the little-seen John Travolta film Shout. Her first prominent role came by way of dinner with family friends Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw -- when she told director Spielberg she was now an actress he offered her the role of Wendy in his Peter Pan film Hook with Robin Williams. After several small roles, she got her first good reviews in Flesh and Bone with Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan, and her first mainstream attention came as Brad Pitt's wife in the thriller Se7en. She won the Oscar playing a cross-dressing actor in Shakespeare in Love with Joseph Fiennes, and since then she has had her choice of scripts, and has generally chosen artistic films over potential blockbusters.

In the aftermath of 9/11, Paltrow reportedly stocked up on gas masks and anthrax antidotes. Months later she said she had given up alcohol because it was interfering with her yoga, but after that declaration she appeared in a series of European ads for vermouth-makers Martini & Rossi. In 2002, deciding that Hollywood was too "male-dominated", Paltrow left America and settled into a $1-million luxury apartment in London. After marrying Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in 2003, she left show business entirely for two years to begin their family. They have two children, and Paltrow has since returned to making movies.

Her brother, Jake Paltrow, is a TV and film director, best known for The Good Night with Penelope Cruz. Her uncle, Harry Paltrow, is an actor with a long résumé of small roles, including Van Wilder and guest appearances on numerous TV cop shows. Her cousins include actresses Katherine Moennig of Showtime's The L Word, and Hillary Danner, who had a recurring role on Providence with Melina Kanakaredes.


[1] Sometimes erroneously given as September 28.

Father: Bruce Paltrow (TV director, b. 26-Nov-1943, d. 3-Oct-2002 throat cancer)
Mother:
Blythe Danner (actress)
Brother: Jake Paltrow (TV director, b. 26-Sep-1975)
Boyfriend: Brad Pitt (dated and engaged, 1994-97)
Boyfriend: Ben Affleck (dated and cohabited 1998-2000)
Boyfriend: Chris Heinz (son of John and Teresa Heinz, dated 2000-01)
Boyfriend: Robert Sean Leonard (actor, dated 2001)
Boyfriend: Luke Wilson (actor, dated 2001, 2002)
Boyfriend: Bryan Adams (musician, dated 2002)
Boyfriend: Prince Albert II (Monaco royalty, dated 2002)
Boyfriend: Aaron Eckhart (actor, dated 2002)
Boyfriend: Prince Felipe (Spanish royalty, dated 2002)
Boyfriend: Prince Nicholas (Greek royalty, dated 2002)
Boyfriend: James Purefoy (actor, dated 2002)
Boyfriend: Walter Salles (film director, dated 2002)
Boyfriend: Scott Speedman (actor, dated 2002-03)
Husband: Chris Martin (musician, dated 2002-03, m. 5-Dec-2003, sep. 2014, one son, one daughter)
Daughter: Apple Blythe Alison Martin (b. 14-May-2004)
Son: Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 8-Apr-2006)

    High School: Spence School, New York City, NY
    University: UC Santa Barbara (dropped out)

    Oscar for Best Actress 1999 for Shakespeare in Love
    Golden Globe 1999 for Shakespeare in Love
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 2010, at 6931 Hollywood Blvd.
    Democratic National Committee
    Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
    EMILY's List
    Gore 2000
    John Kerry for President
    Robin Hood Foundation Board of Directors
    Wedding: Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones (2000)
    Miscarriage
    Endorsement of American Express 2008
    Jewish Ancestry Paternal
    Risk Factors: Vegetarian, Smoking, Yoga, Postpartum Depression

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Iron Man 3 (18-Apr-2013)
    Thanks for Sharing (8-Sep-2012)
    The Avengers (11-Apr-2012)
    Contagion (3-Sep-2011) · Beth Emhoff
    Country Strong (8-Nov-2010) · Kelly Canter
    Iron Man 2 (26-Apr-2010) · Pepper Potts
    Valentino: The Last Emperor (7-Sep-2008) · Herself
    Two Lovers (19-May-2008) · Michelle Rausch
    Iron Man (14-Apr-2008)
    The Good Night (25-Jan-2007) · Dora
    Running with Scissors (20-Oct-2006) · Hope Finch
    Love and Other Disasters (9-Sep-2006) · Hollywood Jacks
    Infamous (31-Aug-2006)
    Proof (5-Sep-2005)
    Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (14-Sep-2004) · Polly Perkins
    Sylvia (17-Oct-2003) · Sylvia Plath
    View from the Top (21-Mar-2003) · Donna
    Possession (16-Aug-2002) · Maud Bailey
    Austin Powers in Goldmember (22-Jul-2002) · Dixie Normous
    Searching for Debra Winger (16-May-2002) · Herself
    Shallow Hal (1-Nov-2001)
    The Royal Tenenbaums (5-Oct-2001)
    The Anniversary Party (23-May-2001)
    Bounce (15-Nov-2000)
    Duets (9-Sep-2000)
    The Talented Mr. Ripley (12-Dec-1999) · Marge Sherwood
    Shakespeare in Love (3-Dec-1998) · Viola De Lesseps
    A Perfect Murder (5-Jun-1998)
    Hush (06-Mar-1998)
    Great Expectations (30-Jan-1998) · Estella
    Sliding Doors (26-Jan-1998) · Helen
    Out of the Past (16-Jan-1998) [VOICE]
    Emma (2-Aug-1996) · Emma Woodhouse
    The Pallbearer (3-May-1996) · Julie DeMarco
    Hard Eight (20-Jan-1996) · Clementine
    Moonlight and Valentino (29-Sep-1995)
    Se7en (22-Sep-1995) · Tracy
    Jefferson in Paris (31-Mar-1995) · Patsy Jefferson
    Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (7-Sep-1994)
    Flesh and Bone (5-Nov-1993) · Ginnie
    Malice (29-Sep-1993)
    Deadly Relations (22-May-1993)
    Cruel Doubt (17-May-1992)
    Hook (11-Dec-1991) · Young Wendy
    Shout (4-Oct-1991)


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