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Also Known As: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow Died:
Born: September 27, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, singer

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Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow distinguished herself from the pack of rising young stars in the 1990s with surprisingly mature performances in "Se7en" (1995) and "Shakespeare in Love" (1998), for which she received well-deserved critical praise. With her sharp intelligence and her fair, patrician looks, Paltrow earned comparisons to Grace Kelly as she carved out a steady niche in British period dramas like "Emma" (1996), but kept audiences guessing with occasional comedies like "Shallow Hal" (2001) and richly drawn portraits of complex women, including the fur-wearing eccentric sister in Wes Anderson's "Royal Tenenbaums" (2001). Though she excelled in films like "Proof" (2005), in which she reprised her acclaimed West End role as the troubled daughter of a late mathematics genius, Paltrow also made time for big budget studio films, including the comic book-based "Iron Man" (2008). The graceful and poised New York-bred actress also emerged as an admired style icon and portrait of the cool, modern woman who had it all, including a family with Chris Martin of Coldplay fame (prior to their 2014 separation) - but not before several high-profile relationships with the likes of Ben...

Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow distinguished herself from the pack of rising young stars in the 1990s with surprisingly mature performances in "Se7en" (1995) and "Shakespeare in Love" (1998), for which she received well-deserved critical praise. With her sharp intelligence and her fair, patrician looks, Paltrow earned comparisons to Grace Kelly as she carved out a steady niche in British period dramas like "Emma" (1996), but kept audiences guessing with occasional comedies like "Shallow Hal" (2001) and richly drawn portraits of complex women, including the fur-wearing eccentric sister in Wes Anderson's "Royal Tenenbaums" (2001). Though she excelled in films like "Proof" (2005), in which she reprised her acclaimed West End role as the troubled daughter of a late mathematics genius, Paltrow also made time for big budget studio films, including the comic book-based "Iron Man" (2008). The graceful and poised New York-bred actress also emerged as an admired style icon and portrait of the cool, modern woman who had it all, including a family with Chris Martin of Coldplay fame (prior to their 2014 separation) - but not before several high-profile relationships with the likes of Ben Affleck and Brad Pitt made her the perfect tabloid fodder. Though sometimes criticized for being a bit too urbane, particularly after she launched GOOP.com, which touted high-end products out of reach for the average person, this daughter of Hollywood nonetheless remained one of the more compelling actresses of her generation.

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 Iron Man 3 (2013)
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 Desperados (2012)
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 Avengers, The (2012)
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 Contagion (2011)
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 Iron Man 2 (2010)
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 Country Strong (2010)
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 Iron Man (2008)
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 Two Lovers (2008)
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Raised in Santa Monica, CA before moving to New York City with her parents
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Spent summers with her mother, actress Blythe Danner at the Williamstown Theatre Festival
1990:
Appeared in the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"
1991:
Feature acting debut in supporting role in "Shout"
1991:
Cast by family friend Steven Spielberg as the young Wendy in "Hook"
1991:
Appeared in "Picnic" with her mother at Williamstown Theatre Festival
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Moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting career
1992:
TV miniseries debut, "Cruel Doubt" (NBC); portrayed daughter of character played by Blythe Danner
1993:
First feature in a substantial role, "Flesh and Bone"; cast as the young girlfriend of an unpredictable James Caan
1995:
Played Patsy, the daughter of the future US President, in the Merchant-Ivory production "Jefferson in Paris"
1995:
Portrayed the wife of a detective (Brad Pitt) tracking a serial killer in David Fincher's "Seven"
1996:
Cast as a hard-bitten prostitute in "Sydney/Hard Eight"; shown at film festivals before being released theatrically in 1997
1996:
Starred opposite David Schwimmer in the romantic comedy "The Pallbearer"
1996:
Breakthrough leading role as title character in Douglas McGrath's adaptation of Jane Austen's "Emma"
1998:
Displayed a cool reserve as Estrella in Alfonso Cuaron's contemporary updating of Dickens' "Great Expectations"
1998:
Portrayed the Grace Kelly role in "A Perfect Murder"; a loose remake of Hitchcock's "Dial M for Murder"
1998:
Received critical acclaim for her performance as Viola, who serves as the muse for the playwright, in "Shakespeare in Love"
1999:
Starred opposite Matt Damon in "The Talented Mr. Ripley"
2000:
Directed by father in "Duets" opposite Scott Speedman; originally to co-star opposite then-fiance Brad Pitt, before they split
2000:
Teamed on screen with former off-screen beau Ben Affleck in "Bounce"
2000:
Had a hit single in Australia with "Cruisin'" a duet with Huey Lewis from the soundtrack of "Duets"
2001:
Played both a 300-pound woman and an altered version of her seen by her boyfriend in the Farrelly brothers' comedy "Shallow Hal"
2001:
Co-starred as a depressed playwright in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"
2002:
Teamed with Aaron Eckhart for Neil LaBute's "Possession"
2002:
Made London stage debut in "Proof" at the Donmar Warehouse under the direction of John Madden
2003:
Played a flight attendant in the romantic comedy "A View From The Top"
2003:
Starred as the American poet Sylvia Plath in "Sylvia"; also featured her mother Blythe Danner
2004:
Cast as reporter Polly Perkins opposite Jude Law in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow"
2005:
Signed a multiyear contract with Estee Lauder to appear in a new global print and TV ad campaign for Pleasures fragrance
2005:
Reunited with director John Madden to reprise her role in "Proof," based on the David Auburn play in which she also starred in the London production; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
2006:
Made her directing debut, co-directing a 10-minute short called ''Dealbreakers,'' a comic montage about a woman's series of bad first dates; also penned the script
2006:
Reunited with director Doug McGrath for the Truman Capote biopic "Infamous"
2006:
Co-starred in the film based on Augusten Burroughs' memoir, "Running with Scissors"
2007:
Cast in the Sundance screened, "The Good Night"; the directorial debut of her brother Jake Paltrow
2008:
Cast as Pepper Potts, Starks' loyal secretary in Marvel Comics' "Iron Man"
2008:
Joined Mario Batali for the PBS television series, "Spain... on the road Again," which showcased the food and culture of Spain
2008:
Earned a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word for the children's album <i>Brown Bear And Friends</i>
2009:
Teamed with director James Gray and Joaquin Phoenix for "Two Lovers"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead
2010:
Re-teamed with Robert Downey Jr. to reprise the role of Pepper Potts for "Iron Man 2"
2010:
Portrayed a fallen country music star in "Country Strong"
2010:
Played a recurring role on Fox's "Glee" as Holly Holliday, the sexy substitute teacher
2011:
Joined an ensemble cast for Steven Soderbergh's "Contagion"
2012:
Reprised Pepper Potts role in the Marvel superhero ensemble feature "The Avengers"
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Education

University of California, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara , California -
Crossroads School: Santa Monica , California -
Spence School: New York , New York - 1990

Notes

In April 2000, Paltrow was sued for damages by siblings allegedly injured in an April 1999 automobile accident.

"I don't absorb anything about my career and take it to heart. I listen, but I certainly don't expect [fame] to happen. I'm very young, and I'm learning how to go about things."---Paltrow quoted in Daily News, November 9, 1993.

"I don't really understand the concept of having a career, or what an agent means when they say they're building one for you. I just do things I think will be interesting and that have integrity. I hate those tacky, pointless, big, fluffy, unimportant movies."---Gwyneth Paltrow to Jennifer Beals in Interview, September 1995.

"Gwyneth isn't afraid to do anything ... She is totally not afraid to be unglamorous or despicable or sad or funny or stupid."---"Hard Eight" director Paul Thomas Anderson quoted in The New York Times, July 28, 1996.

"She's strong. If you cast her, you're really making a choice. There's nothing generic about Gwynny."---Steve Kloves, who directed Paltrow in "Flesh and Bone" told the Los Angeles Times, July 21, 1996.

"What are you gonna do? It's life. I can think of worse things that can happen. I would take lots of nude photos if I could change certain things about the world. I'd rather my cousin Keith still be alive [he died of cancer eight years ago this month]. And if I could bring back Harrison Kravis [a close friend who died in a car accident], I'd do my own Tommy Lee-Pamela Anderson video, you know? It's a matter of perspective. It's all about how you weigh what's really important."---Paltrow on the infamous nude photos of her taken by paparazzi, to Time Out New York, April 23-30, 1998.

"There was a palpable difference in energy when I was a boy. The guys on the set treated me more as an equal than when I was this pale, frail blonde girl. There was a lot of back-slapping as a boy."---Paltrow on posing as a male for scenes in "Shakespeare in Love" to Chicago Sun-Times, December 21, 1998.

"There is something about the British psyche that appeals to me. I feel comfortable playing British. Maybe it's the British reserve that I like. They've got fire underneath, but on the outside, they're reserved. I like that."---Paltrow to Dallas Morning News, December 26, 1998.

"It was really important to my mother that we have an East Coast education and sensibility. She took us to the opera, which I hated at the time but appreciate now. She was always dragging us to see underground dance troupes and to bizarre theater performances in converted churches in the Village. She wanted to show us the world and its possibilities. She wanted us enriched, and I love her for it."---Paltrow to Dotson Rader in Parade, January 17, 1999.

"My father was the center of my life. As a kid, I could go to him with any question, whether it was the square root of something or who was king in what year. He can change tires or build a treehouse or do algebra. He knows all the words in the dictionary. I love him so much."

"When I was 10, we went to England. My mother was shooting a miniseries there... My dad took me to Paris for the weekend. We had the most amazing time. On the plane back to London, he asked me, 'Do you know why I took you to Paris, only you and me?' And I said, 'Why?' And he said, 'Because I wanted you to see Paris for the first time with a man who would always love you."---Paltrow quoted in Parade, January 17, 1998.

"Fame sucks. I know that might sound negative. People will say 'Well, why does she want to be in movies and date famous guys if she doesn't like it?' The truth is that I'm just this young girl trying to do good work and have some fun. That girl in those stories seems like another person. I know two things about myself: I have a good work ethic and I love my family. That's about all I need to know."---Paltrow to the Daily News, January 31, 1999.

"I always hear that people's perception of me is that I'm cool or aloof or standoffish and I always think, 'Who are they talking about?' That's totally opposite to me. I used to be far more open, but obviously the life that I live and the level of scrutiny make me kind of slower to really open myself up. But I still don't think I'm a chilly person at all."---Paltrow to The Daily Telegraph, November 10, 2000.

"In this day and age, if you sit up straight, chew with your mouth closed and have good manners, you're a snob."---Gwyneth Paltrow quoted in Harper's Bazaar, November 2001.

"Gwyneth really has a gift for understanding the quiet, unblinking nature of the camera. Furthermore, she's respectful of that gift. Despite how big she is she never rests on her laurels, and she continues to pick interesting, challenging work. God, I should be her publicist!"---"Possession" director Neil LaBute on Paltrow to Talk, December 2001-January 2002.

"I didn't think I was going to live," she says. "It was the weirdest feeling. I was just really surprised that I kept waking up."---Paltrow talking about the passing of her father Entertainment Weekly November 28, 2003.

"I've never placed too much stock in Hollywood or in what people think of me because it's all so fleeting. If I just stay the way I am, the way my parents raised me to be, then I'll be able to sail through. I guess they showed me by example."---Paltrow to Biography, Spring 2004.

"All the movies I've done have been so wildly eclectic," she says, "even if they've been failures. I'm not a box office star. I'm not drawn to the kind of movies that turn you into a person who gets $20 million a picture. I don't think there's pressure on me that way to deliver. I just feel like directors put me in films because they want what I can give them as an artist."---Paltrow to Entertainment Weekly, September 17, 2004.

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companion:
Robert Sean Leonard. Actor. No longer together.
companion:
Donovan Leitch. Actor, model, musician. Briefly engaged in the early 1990s; no longer together.
companion:
Brad Pitt. Actor. Met in 1994 on set of "Seven" in which they played a married couple; became engaged in November 1996; separated in June 1997.
companion:
Ben Affleck. Actor. Began dating as of December 1997; both appeared in "Shakespeare in Love"; reportedly separated in December 1998; co-starred together in "Bounce" (2000), fueling speculation they had reconciled.
companion:
Luke Wilson. Actor. Began dating as of spring 2001; met during filming of "The Royal Tenenbaums"; no longer together.
companion:
Aaron Eckhart. Actor. B. 1968; met while filming "Possesion"; dated briefly in 2002.
companion:
James Purefoy. Actor. B. 1964; dated briefly in 2002.
husband:
Chris Martin. Singer. <A TITLE="Click for more information about dating" STYLE="text-decoration: none; border-bottom: medium solid green;" HREF="http://search.targetwords.com/u.search?x=5977|1||||dating|AA1VDw">dating</A> as of November 2002; engaged as of Fall 2003; married in a very small, private ceremony in a California <A TITLE="Click for more information about hotel" STYLE="text-decoration: none; border-bottom: medium solid green;" HREF="http://search.targetwords.com/u.search?x=5977|1||||hotels|AA1VDw">hotel</A> suite on December 5, 2003.
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father:
Bruce Paltrow. Producer, director. Died while vacationing with his daughter during her 30th birthday.
mother:
Blythe Danner. Actor. Appeared in a number of productions at the Williamstown Theatre Festival with her daughter; has appeared in productions at the festival since the 70s.
brother:
Jake Paltrow. Director. Born on September 26, 1975.
cousin:
Hillary Danner. Actor.
cousin:
Katherine Moennig. Actor. Born on December 19, 1976.
daughter:
Apple Blythe Alison Martin. Born May 14, 2004 in London, England; father is Chris Martin.
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