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Gwyneth Paltrow Bio
Gwyneth Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress, singer, and food writer. She gained early notice for her work in films such as the thriller Seven (1995) and the period drama Emma (1996). Following starring roles in the romantic comedy-drama Sliding Doors (1998) and the thriller A Perfect Murder (1998), Paltrow garnered worldwide recognition through her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Paltrow has portrayed supporting, as well as lead roles, in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), and Proof (2005), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination.
Since 2008, Paltrow has portrayed Pepper Potts, the female lead of the Iron Man franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), and Iron Man 3 (2013). She won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 for her role as Holly Holliday on the FOX hit television series Glee, her first and so far only foray into television acting, for the episode The Substitute. She reprised this role four more times throughout the show’s run.
Following relationships with Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, Paltrow married Chris Martin, the lead vocalist of band Coldplay, in 2003; they have two children. They announced their separation in March 2014 and divorced in July 2016. Paltrow has been dating Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Brad Falchuk since August 2014.
1989–95: Early acting work
Her acting debut was in High (1989), a TV film her father directed, and after spending several summers watching her mother perform at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, Paltrow made her professional stage debut there in 1990. Her film debut followed with Shout (1991), starring John Travolta; and she was cast by Steven Spielberg in his film Hook (1991) as the young Wendy Darling.
Paltrow’s next roles were in the made-for-television movies Cruel Doubt (1992) and Deadly Relations (1993). Her first plum feature film role was in the noir drama Flesh and Bone (1993) as the much-younger girlfriend of James Caan. In 1995, she played Brad Pitt‘s wife in the hit thriller Se7en. Her performance earned her a Satellite Award nomination. Also in 1995, she appeared in Moonlight and Valentino and Jefferson in Paris.
1996–2001: Breakthrough and film stardom
In 1996, Paltrow played the title character in Emma to critical acclaim, particularly in the United Kingdom, where her perfection of the English accent was appreciated. She had leading roles in several films throughout 1998, including Sliding Doors and the adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Chris Cooper. She also appeared in two thrillers, Hush, opposite Jessica Lange, and A Perfect Murder, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1954 film, Dial M for Murder. In the latter film, Paltrow starred opposite Michael Douglas, playing Emily Taylor, who was based on Grace Kelly‘s character from the original film, though the film was met with mixed reviews. She was also considered for the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 film Titanic.
In 1998, Paltrow starred in Shakespeare in Love, portraying the fictional lover of William Shakespeare, played by Joseph Fiennes. The film earned US$289 million in box office receipts, and Paltrow gained critical acclaim for her portrayal. Entertainment Weekly commented, “Best of all is Gwyneth Paltrow, who, at long last, has a movie to star in that’s as radiant as she is.” The New York Times summed up her performance as Viola thus: “Gwyneth Paltrow, in her first great, fully realized starring performance, makes a heroine so breathtaking that she seems utterly plausible as the playwright’s guiding light.”
The award-winning Shakespeare in Love earned Paltrow the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role from the Screen Actors Guild, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and the Academy Award for Best Actress, among other honors. Her Pink Ralph Lauren dress worn at the 71st Academy Awards in collecting her Oscar was extremely popular and was credited for bringing pink back into fashion.
In 1999, Paltrow co-starred alongside Jude Law, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett in The Talented Mr. Ripley, which earned $80 million domestically and received positive reviews. She showcased her singing ability in 2000’s Duets, which was directed by her father and co-starred singer Huey Lewis. The same year, Paltrow co-starred with Ben Affleck in the romantic drama Bounce as Abby Janello. In 2001, she played Margot Tenenbaum as part of an ensemble cast in the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums and starred with Jack Black in the comedy Shallow Hal, where she had to wear a specially designed 25-pound fatsuit and heavy make-up.
2002–07: Career slowdown and hiatus
Since the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow’s film career has been less noteworthy and critical acclaim has waned. She said she was unequipped for the pressure, leading to several bad movie choices, agreeing with peers who believe the win is, in some ways, a curse. During this time, Paltrow rarely appeared in films, having taken a hiatus to raise her two children. In The Guardian, she said she divided her career into movies for love and films for money: The Royal Tenenbaums, Proof, and Sylvia fell into the former category, while she signed on to View from the Top and Shallow Hal for the latter.
In 2004, she starred in the science-fiction film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow opposite Jude Law. The same year, she was recognized as an outstanding woman in entertainment by Women in Film Los Angeles with the Crystal Award. In 2005, she starred in the film Proof as the depressed daughter of a brilliant, eccentric mathematician. The movie was based on the play of the same name, in which Paltrow also played the same character at London’s Donmar Warehouse in 2002. For her film performance, Paltrow earned her second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama. In 2006, she had small roles in Running With Scissors and Infamous, in which she sang Cole Porter‘s “What Is This Thing Called Love?“.
2008–present: Iron Man and career rejuvenation
In 2008, she appeared in the superhero film Iron Man as Pepper Potts, Tony Stark‘s personal assistant, closest friend, and budding love interest. Iron Man was Paltrow’s highest-grossing film to date, earning more than $585,000,000 worldwide, until she reprised her role as Potts in Joss Whedon‘s 2012 superhero film, The Avengers, which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide. Paltrow said she was hesitant to appear in a big-budget project but she was won over by Robert Downey, Jr., the film’s lead, and director Jon Favreau. She recalled a conversation with Downey, saying:
Robert called me and he said, “This is gonna be fun, and this is gonna be good.” And then he said to me, “Don’t you want to be in a movie that people see?” And I was like, “Whoa! What would that feel like?” And he’s right. Moviemaking is not supposed to be a masturbatory exercise; it’s supposed to be shared by other people.
In 2010, Paltrow reprised her role in the sequel to Iron Man, Iron Man 2. Later in 2010, she appeared in the musical Country Strong and recorded the song Country Strong for the film’s soundtrack. The song was released to country radio in August 2010. At the 83rd Academy Awards, Paltrow performed another song from the movie, “Coming Home,” which was nominated for Best Original Song.
Paltrow also appeared in Fox’s Glee, as substitute teacher Holly Holliday, who fills in for Matthew Morrison‘s character when he falls ill. In her first episode, “The Substitute,” she sang “Nowadays” from the musical Chicago with Lea Michele, CeeLo Green‘s “Forget You“, and a mash-up of “Singin’ In the Rain” and Rihanna‘s “Umbrella” with Morrison and the rest of the cast.
She later performed “Forget You” with CeeLo Green himself and several puppet characters provided by The Jim Henson Company at the 2011 Grammy Awards. She reprised her role twice more that season, performing “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)” by Gary Glitter, an acoustic version of “Landslide” by Fleetwood Mac, “Kiss” by Prince, and Adele‘s “Turning Tables“.
In 2011, Paltrow appeared in the Steven Soderbergh thriller Contagion, in which she was part of an ensemble cast, including Kate Winslet, Marion Cotillard and her The Talented Mr. Ripley co-stars Matt Damon and Jude Law. The movie opened at number 1 at the US Box Office Weekend and received positive reviews. In 2012 she starred in the independent romantic comedy Thanks for Sharing with Mark Ruffalo and reprised her role as Pepper Potts in the film The Avengers, which broke records as the highest grossing U.S. opening weekend film of all time. It was confirmed that Paltrow will star as Dora Maar in Carlos Saura‘s Spanish film 33 días alongside Antonio Banderas as Pablo Picasso. The film began shooting in late 2012, for a 2013 release.
In April 2013, Paltrow was named People magazine’s annual “Most Beautiful Woman”. In 2015, she co-starred in the film Mortdecai, alongside Johnny Depp, Olivia Munn, and Paul Bettany. Paltrow was also featured on the track “Everglow“, which was included in Coldplay‘s seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams (2015).
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