Gwyneth Paltrow Biography

Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress, singer, owner of a lifestyle company and author of cookbooks. This biography outlines her childhood, early life, career, major works, awards, personal life, trivia and timeline.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Quick Facts

Nick Name: Gwynnie

Birthday: September 27, 1972

Nationality: American

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Age: 46 Years, 46 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow

Born in: Los Angeles

Famous as: Actress, Singer, Food Writer

Height: 5'9" (175 cm), 5'9" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Chris Martin

father: Bruce Paltrow

mother: Blythe Danner

siblings: Jake Paltrow

children: Apple Martin, Moses Martin

Personality: ISFJ

U.S. State: California

Diseases & Disabilities: Depression

City: Los Angeles

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education: University of California, Santa Barbara, Spence School, Crossroads School

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Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, singer, and author of cookbooks. She made her acting debut in a film directed by her father and soon gave out surprisingly mature performances in ‘Seven’, ‘Flesh and Bone’ and the British period dramas like ‘Emma’ for which she won praise and comparisons to Grace Kelly. Following the films Sliding Doors and A Perfect Murder, she found global recognition through her performance in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress. She also did occasional comedies such as Shallow Hal and Royal Tenenbaums. She excelled in ‘Proof’ as the troubled daughter of a late mathematics genius. She was also part of big budget studio films, including the comic book-based Iron Man. She also won an Emmy Award for her role as Holly Holliday on the Fox hit TV show, Glee, in the episode, The Substitute. She is married to Chris Martin, the lead vocalist of Coldplay and they have two children together. She is also the face of American fashion brand Coach, owner of the lifestyle company and author of two cookbooks. She has emerged as an admired style icon and portrait of the cool, modern woman one of the more compelling actresses of her generation.

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Gwyneth Paltrow
Childhood & Early Life
  • Paltrow was born on September 27, 1972, in Los Angeles, California, and is the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and the late film producer-director Bruce Paltrow. She has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow.
  • She grew up in Santa Monica, where she attended Crossroads School, before enrolling in the Spence School in New York City. She briefly studied anthropology at the University of California, dropping out to act.
  • At 15, she spent a year as an exchange student in Talavera de la Reina, a city in the western part of the province of Toledo, Spain and learned to speak Spanish.
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  • Paltrow debuted in High, a TV film her father directed in 1989, and after watching her mother perform at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, she made her professional stage debut there the following year.
  • Between 1991 and 1993, she appeared in the Travolta starrer Shout, the Steven Spielberg film, Hook as the young Wendy Darling, and films such as Cruel Doubt and Deadly Relations.
  • She was noticed in the drama, Flesh and Bone as the much-younger girlfriend of James Caan. The film also starred Meg Ryan, and Dennis Quaid. The New York Times described Paltrow as a scene-stealer."
  • In the 1995 hit thriller, Seven, she played Brad Pitt's high school sweetheart and wife earning a Satellite nomination. Pitt and Morgan Freeman are homicide detectives involved in a sadistic “serial killer’ case.
  • She played the title role in Emma in 1996, which was based on the novel by Jane Austen. She shared screen space with Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy Northam.
  • She played the lead in two films in 1998 - Sliding Doors, a romantic-comedy, and Great Expectations, an adaptation of the Dickens’ novel with Ethan Hawke, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Chris Cooper.
  • She acted as Marge Sherwood in ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’, a 1999 psychological thriller film which also starred Matt Damon, Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jack Davenport James Rebhorn, and Celia Weston.
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  • She made her singing debut in the 2000 film, Duets, in which she performed a cover version of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'". The song was released as a single and reached number one in Australia.
  • She played Margot Tenenbaum in, The Royal Tenenbaums, a 2001 comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and also starred Danny Glover, Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston, Bill Murray, Ben Stiller, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson.
  • Shallow Hal, a 2001 romantic comedy film starred her with Jack Black, and Jason Alexander. It grossed $141, 069, 860, 2002 – and she was nominated for a Teen Choice Award.
  • She was cast as Catherine Llewellyn in ‘Proof’, a 2005 film directed by John Madden and starring Anthony Hopkins, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Hope Davis and, based on David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
  • In 2005, she became the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume. She appeared in Chicago to sign bottles of the perfume, and promoted Lauder's Sensuous perfume in New York with three other models.
  • In 2007, she signed for the PBS television series, Spain... on the Road Again, and in the following year launched the weekly lifestyle newsletter Goop, encouraging readers to 'nourish the inner aspect'.
  • Iron Man, a 2008 superhero film starred Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark, an industrialist and master engineer while Paltrow plays his personal assistant Pepper Potts, a role she reprised in three sequels.
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  • She appeared in the 2011 medical thriller, Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh and included in its cast Marion Cotillard, Bryan Cranston, Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Ehle.
  • She played Phoebe in ‘Thanks for Sharing’, a comedy-drama film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival to moderately favorable reviews. It centers around three people trying to recover from their sexual addiction.
  • Since her first book, ‘Spain... A Culinary Road Trip’, in 2008, she has written, My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness, Notes From the Kitchen Table, and other culinary books.
Major Works
  • In 1998, Paltrow starred in Shakespeare in Love, portraying the fictional lover of William Shakespeare, played by Joseph Fiennes. The film earned more than US$100 million in box office and she won many accolades.
  • Holly Holliday is a recurring fictional character from the Fox musical comedy-drama series Glee portrayed by Gwyneth Paltrow. Her performance attracted positive reviews and earned her an Emmy in 2011.
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  • In1998, Paltrow won numerous awards for Shakespeare in Love, including the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for her outstanding performance and a MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss.
  • In 2010, she won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Glee. She was nominated for many awards for the Iron Man sequels
Personal Life & Legacy
  • Paltrow was into a relationship with actors Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck. She married Chris Martin of the British rock group Coldplay in 2003 and they have two children -Apple Blythe Alison and Moses Bruce. They separated in March 2014.
  • This American actress named her daughter Apple, because apples are whole, sweet and crisp.
  • This actress narrated a short film for United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) which is meant to help raising money to prevent children being born with the HIV virus.

1. Se7en (1995)

  (Crime, Thriller, Mystery, Drama)

2. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

  (Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy)

3. The Avengers (2012)

  (Sci-Fi, Action)

4. Iron Man (2008)

  (Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action)

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

  (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)

6. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

  (Comedy, Drama)

7. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

  (Drama, Romance, History, Comedy)

8. The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

  (Thriller, Drama, Crime)


Academy Awards(Oscars)
1999 Best Actress in a Leading Role Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Golden Globe Awards
1999 Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Primetime Emmy Awards
2011 Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Glee (2009)
MTV Movie & TV Awards
1999 Best Kiss Shakespeare in Love (1998)

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