- NAME: Gwyneth Paltrow
- OCCUPATION: Film Actress
- BIRTH DATE: September 27, 1972 (Age: 40)
- EDUCATION: University of California, Santa Barbara
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Los Angeles, California
- Maiden Name: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow
- AKA: Gwyneth Paltrow
- Full Name: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow Martin
- AKA: Gwyneth Paltrow Martin
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
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Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress known for such films as Se7en, Emma and Great Expectations. In 1998, she won an Academy Award for her role in Shakespeare in Love.
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In late 2001, Paltrow donned an unflattering fat suit for some of her scenes in the crude comedy Shallow Hal, costarring Jack Black and directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly. She also joined an all-star cast, including Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Ben Stiller, Bill Murray,
Danny Glover and Luke and Owen Wilson, in The Royal Tenenbaums, directed by Wes Anderson. In 2002, she starred in the literary adaptation Possession, as well as Miramax's romantic spoof A View From the Top.
Following her 1998 Academy Award win, Paltrow took part in several less than memorable roles. In 2003, Paltrow played in the biopic Sylvia, the story of the talented poet and author Sylvia Plath, as the main character. The film failed to live up to the hype and flopped at the box office. A string of less popular films followed, including Running with Scissors (2003), Proof (2005) and Infamous (2006). None of her films were considered Oscar-worthy or did exceptionally well at the box office. She even tried her hand at directing in 2005 by making her directiorial debut in 2005 for the short Dealbreakers. It wasn't until 2008 that Paltrow started to make a comeback.
In 2008, Paltrow joined the ranks of A-listers that played in films based off of comics, as she joined the cast of Iron Man as Pepper Potts, opposite Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark. The film got rave reviews and garnered the highest box office numbers of any film that Paltrow had previously played in, raking in over $300 million. The film is also argualbly the first in the comic book genre to lauch the series of other superhero films in the Marvel universe that followed—Thor (2011), Captain America (2011) and The Avengers (2012). Paltrow reprised her roles in the second and third films in the series, released in 2010 and 2013, respectively. It was also in 2008 that Paltrow launched her lifstyle website GOOP, which sends out a weekly newsletter on anything from parenting to fashion tips.
In October 2002, while vacationing in Italy to celebrate her 30th birthday, Gwyneth's father, Bruce, succumbed to complications from pneumonia after a battle with throat cancer.
Paltrow has been married Chris Martin, front man for the British rock group Coldplay, since 2003. Their daughter, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, was born in May 2004. Two years later, the couple welcomed a son they named Moses.
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