Legendary Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth was born in Los Angeles, California, daughter of famous actress Blythe Danner and the late film producer/director Bruce Paltrow. She is of Polish/Belarus/German/English ancestry and was raised observing both Christian and Jewish holidays.
After attending private girls' schools in Santa Monica and New York City, Gwyneth briefly attended UC Santa Barbara before choosing to pursue a film career.
Her first performance was in "High," a TV film directed by her father Bruce. She then did some stock theater in Williamstown, where her mother was performing.
The film "Shout" with John Travolta followed, then "Hook" under the direction of Steven Spielberg. The lead role in "Emma" (1996) brought Gwyneth a lot of attention, but much more was in store.
After appearing in a bunch of quality films, Gwyneth starred as William Shakespeare's fictional girlfriend in "Shakespeare in Love." Her performance was widely praised, and she won a bunch of awards. Her pink dress at the Oscars was a stunner that was widely copied.
Her Oscar opened up even more opportunities such as "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The Royal Tannenbaums." Her career slowed down a bit, but then she won a coveted role in "Iron Man" as Pepper Potts and things improved again. A high-profile appearance on TV's "Glee" helped cement her return to the limelight.
Everybody agrees that Gwyneth Paltrow is a classic beauty. She won People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman" title in April 2013, which is quite an honor for a mother of two.
Gwyneth was married to rock singer Chris Martin on December 5, 2003. They have two children: daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin (b. 2004) and son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 2006). Both children apparently were named in part for members of Gwyneth's and Chris' families. As her children have gotten older she has returned to work more than she had been. Gwyneth divorced Martin in July 2016, but their relationship is said to be "amicable." Gwyneth herself somewhat notoriously has described it as "conscious uncoupling.”
Gwyneth also branched out during that time into modeling and became the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume as well as other fashion brands. Reportedly, Gwyneth earns $3 million per year endorsing Estée Lauder on television and in print advertisements.
One of the themes in Gwyneth's more recent film roles is playing supporting characters in big-budget franchise films. She appears as Pepper Potts in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017), carrying over her same character from "Iron Man" (2008), "Iron Man 2" (2010), "Avengers Assemble" (2012) and "Iron Man 3" (2013). Gwyneth is giving a textbook demonstration on how a talented actress can hitch a ride on a lucrative franchise and ride it for years. That said, there are rumors that Gwyneth thought that her character, and not Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, should have been the breakout star from the "Avengers" universe. While Gwyneth's character has made a number of appearances in the continuing series, they generally have been smallish roles.
Gwyneth also played Polly Perkins in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (2004), but that one did not set the world on fire and led to no sequels. Try, try again!
Along the way, Gwyneth has dipped her toe in the land of television, with a recurring role on "Glee" as Holly Holiday, a recurring role as Maya Ganesh on "Web Therapy" (2014) and an appearance as a fictionalized version of herself on "Nightcap" (2016). However, other than those fairly recent roles, Gwyneth has remarkably few television roles since her first years in the business.
Gwyneth "curates" a website, Goop, on which she "curates" the selling of various products and dispenses sometimes controversial alternative health advice. If there is one lesson to draw from Goop, it is this: avoid toxins. Basically, it is a lifestyle site that works for you if you follow ... Gwyneth's lifestyle. Well, let's not speak for it, here is how Goop describes itself:
A modern lifestyle brand, offering cutting-edge wellness advice from doctors and experts, vetted travel recommendations, and a curated shop of clean beauty and timeless fashion.Currently, a recommended articles on the site include "A Guide to Spirit Animals" and "How to Quick Pickle."
In mid-2017, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin sold their Goop-worthy New York City penthouse for $10,727,000, well above its final asking price of $9,995,000.
Paltrow practices Transcendental Meditation.
Gwyneth has written or co-written several books with an emphasis on lifestyle:
- Spain... A Culinary Road Trip (with Mario Batali)
- My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness
- Notes From the Kitchen Table
- It's All Good: Delicious Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great
I worked so much in my 20s and I really burnt the candle at both ends. I wasn't too picky about what I did and I was lucky that I did some really good films, but I also did some really rubbish films, I think part of the downside about being so successful and winning the Oscar at the age of 26 is that I sort of became insouciant about the things that I chose. I thought, "Oh, I'll just try this, it'll be fun or I'll do that for the money." Things like that now I would absolutely never do.
I love the English way, which is not as capitalistic as it is in America. People don't talk about work and money. They talk about interesting things at dinner parties. I like living here because I don't tap into the bad side of American psychology, which is "I'm not achieving enough, I'm not making enough, I'm not at the top of the pile!"
British people don't seem to ask each other out on dates. If someone asked you out they're really going out on a limb, whereas in America it happens all the time. Someone will come up to you and ask you for dinner and you'll say, "Sure!" It's no big deal and no weight should be attached to it. It's only dinner, for God's sake. Yet in Britain, mostly what happens seems to be that people meet at work. If there's a little something there, then they hang out together and, all of a sudden, they're boyfriend and girlfriend.
Whether it's Morgan Freeman [Se7en (1995)] at the beginning of my career or Johnny Depp in my last movie [Mortdecai (2015)], I feel on-my-knees gratitude for being considered a good enough actor to work with actors of that caliber. Johnny is a true genius and when he works he envisages everything. You know I read the script and I thought it was really funny. I have always wanted to work with Johnny and I'm so lucky they asked me as he is amazing. We had so much fun on set that it was hard not to laugh.
Women really need to examine why they're so vitriolic to other women.
I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.
I'm very happy here [in London] and I really like the way the film industry works, everybody cares. I like that it doesn't have this big capitalistic feeling. When you do something in L.A., you really feel the crew are punching the clock.
Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
|Gwyneth on Glee.|
Gwyneth says that she named her daughter Apple because apples are whole, sweet and crisp.
|Gwyneth looking sharp on Glee|
Among many other distinctions, Gwyneth was the Maid of Honor at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie. Around that time, Gwyneth told Style magazine:
She has evolved with so much wisdom and grace that I would say my favorite Madonna is today's Madonna. She's a beautiful product of all her explorations and incarnations.
I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.
I find Sex and the City (1998) irreverent and shocking. It's one step beyond how girls really talk. I would do a cameo on that show in a flash.
About her separation from Brad Pitt in 1997:
It really changed my life. When we split up, something changed, permanently, in me. My heart sort of broke that day, and it will never be the same.
The work gets more difficult as you get older. You learn more and you gather more experiences, there is deeper pain and higher highs.
The simpler things are, the happier they are.
Gwyneth does not employ a nanny, preferring to raise her children herself. She truly is a modern woman!
|A classic beauty|