Mini Bio (1)
A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother has German, and some English and Irish, ancestry. When Gwyneth was eleven, the family moved to Massachusetts, where her father began working in summer stock productions in the Berkshires. It was here that she received her early acting training under the tutelage of her parents. She graduated from the all-girls Spence School in New York City and moved to California where she attended the UC Santa Barbara, majoring in Art History. She soon quit, realizing it was not her passion. She made her film debut with a small part in Shout (1991) and for the next five years had featured roles in a mixed bag of film fare that included Ein Blutiges Erbe (1993); Mrs. Parker und ihr lasterhafter Kreis (1994); Sieben (1995); Jefferson in Paris (1995); Moonlight & Valentino (1995); and Der Zufallslover (1996). It was her performance in the title role of Emma Woodhouse in Jane Austens Emma (1996) that led to her being offered the role of Viola in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she was awarded the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role. She broke her much publicized engagement to actor Brad Pitt in 1997 citing as the reason the fact that neither she nor Pitt felt that they could pursue their respective careers and at the same time maintain a happy marriage. They remain good friends. Since then, her roles have included Die Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Schwer verliebt (2001), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004), Iron Man (2008), Two Lovers (2008), and Country Strong (2010).
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom McDonough
Trade Mark (3)
Often plays British characters
Blonde hair and blue eyes
Statuesque, model-like figure
Attended and graduated from the Spence School in New York City (1990).
Voted "Most Stuck-up" in Movieline magazine's 100 Most. [October 1998]
(August 15, 1998) Gave,000 watch to boyfriend Ben Affleck as a birthday present.
Named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in the World (1998).
Engaged to actor Brad Pitt on December 20, 1996.
Confirmed as the next Calvin Klein model (1996).
Attended the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) for one year as an Art History major.
After spending a time in her early teens in Talavera De la Reina, Toledo, Spain, she can speak fairly good Spanish.
Turned down the role of Emma Peel in the movie Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1998), which went to Uma Thurman.
Met with James Cameron for the role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic (1997), which went to Kate Winslet.
A couple sued Gwyneth for an undisclosed amount claiming that the actress injured them during an April 1999 car accident.
Spends Thanksgiving every year with Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw at their home in the Hamptons.
As part of research for her role as an obese woman in Schwer verliebt (2001), wore the 200-pound latex "fat" suit she used for the film to a bar where people refused to make eye contact with her and treated her rudely. She said that this experience made her saddened by the injustice faced by overweight people in society.
Has been friends with Maya Rudolph (of Saturday Night Live (1975) fame) since she was seven.
Practices yoga and sticks to a macrobiotic diet.
Owned a flat in London, England.
Older sister of Jake Paltrow; first cousin of actress Katherine Moennig, whose roles include Jacqueline 'Jake' Pratt on Rawley High - Das erste Semester (2000) and Shane McCutcheon on The L Word - Wenn Frauen Frauen lieben (2004), and Hillary Danner; niece of Harry Danner.
Did her own singing in the comedy-drama movie Traumpaare: Duets (2000).
Attended Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, California for one year.
(April 13, 2003) Attended the ceremony in Talavera De la Reina, Toledo, Spain, in which she was named "adopted daughter". She first visited the town as a young schoolgirl and has since frequently returned there, enamored - she says - of the people, the food and the countryside.
Has played Thomas Jefferson's daughter in Jefferson in Paris (1995). Her mother, Blythe Danner, played Jefferson's wife, Martha, in 1776 - Rebellion und Liebe (1972), just before Gwyneth was conceived. In the Ken Burns miniseries, Thomas Jefferson (1997), she played his granddaughter.
Nominated for a London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in "Proof", performed at the Donmar Warehouse in London, England (2002).
She and her husband Chris Martin purchased Kate Winslet's North London home in Belsize Park.
Is the daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. Gwyneth's paternal grandparents, Arnold P. Paltrow and Dorothy Weigert, were both from Jewish families from Eastern and Central Europe (Poland, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania), and Gwyneth's father had many generations of rabbis in the family tree. Gwyneth's maternal grandparents were Harry Earl Danner and Katherine M. Kile, and Gwyneth's mother is of German, with smaller amounts of English and Irish, descent. Some of her mother's ancestors lived in Barbados.
Her mother, Blythe Danner, was about five months pregnant with the future actress when she appeared in Columbo: Étude in Schwarz (1972). The episode also starred John Cassavetes, and aired during the series' first season.
Her name can be heard over the P.A. system in many episodes of the medical drama Chefarzt Dr. Westphall (1982). Gwyneth's father, Bruce Paltrow, was the producer of the series.
Turned down the role of Rachel Keller in Ring (2002), which went to Naomi Watts.
Is best friends with Madonna.
Attended St. Augustine by the Sea (where she met Maya Rudolph) in Los Angeles and the Spence School in New York City.
Met husband Chris Martin when she attended his band's (Coldplay's) concert. [October 2002]
She does not employ a nanny to take care of her daughter, a rarity among actors in the film business.
Signed a contact with Estée Lauder for million to promote its new line of fragrance, "Pleasures".
Her son, Moses Martin, is named after a song Chris Martin wrote for her and appears on Coldplay's album "Live 2003". Moses is also her father's Hebrew name.
She speaks French quite well, having spent a summer in Paris when in her early twenties.
Good friends with Helena Christensen, who was one of the first people to visit Gwyneth in the hospital, after she gave birth to her son, Moses Martin (Moses Bruce Anthony Martin).
Longtime close friends with actress Mary Wigmore, who also appeared (albeit briefly) in Paltrow's films Die Royal Tenenbaums (2001) and Schwer verliebt (2001).
Was the Maid of Honor at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie.
Her godfather Steven Spielberg is also the godfather of Drew Barrymore.
Godparents of her daughter, Apple Martin, are Simon Pegg, Mary Wigmore, and Chris Martin's Coldplay bandmate, Jon Buckland.
Was originally signed on for the role of Ava Gardner in Aviator (2004), but dropped out. The role went to Kate Beckinsale.
Auditioned for the role of Vickie Miner in Reality Bites - Voll das Leben (1994), which went to Janeane Garofalo.
She earns million per year endorsing Estée Lauder on television and in print advertisements.
Was hospitalized and then released on January 14, 2008.
Attended Brown Ledge Summer Camp in Vermont.
When she played Sharon Stone on Saturday Night Live (1975), Stone felt offended and criticized her performance (1999).
Had suffered post-partum depression following the birth of her son, Moses Martin on April 15, 2008.
Attended the Spence School in Manhattan, an elite private girls' school that was also attended by Emmy Rossum and Kerry Washington.
Attended the 55th Tony Awards. She can be seen dancing with the revival cast of "The Rocky Horror Show" during "The Time Warp".
Ambassador for the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF)'s Women's Cancer Research Fund (2008).
Gwyneth's brother, Jake Paltrow's birthday is a day before hers (9/26 and 9/27, respectively).
Friends with Cameron Diaz, Stella McCartney, Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon and Tracy Anderson.
Returned to work ten months after giving birth to her daughter, Apple Martin, in order to begin filming Krass (2006).
Her friendship with Winona Ryder ended in the late 1990s.
Was six months pregnant with her son Moses Martin when she completed filming The Good Night (2007) and returned to work eleven months after giving birth, in order to begin filming Iron Man (2008).
Two of her ex-boyfriends have been named Sexiest Man Alive by People magazine: Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck.
Replaced Charlize Theron in the role of Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl (2015), but after dropping out of the project herself she was replaced by Alicia Vikander.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on December 13, 2010. She was accompanied by Tim McGraw, her Country Strong (2010) co-star Faith Hill, and Glee (2009) co-star Matthew Morrison.
Second cousin of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was injured in the 2011 Tucson, Arizona shooting. Their fathers are first cousins.
(March 26, 2011) Was in attendance at the wedding of Reese Witherspoon to Jim Toth.
Auditioned for the role of Kelly Taylor on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990), which went to Jennie Garth.
Auditioned for the role of Susannah Fincannon in Legenden der Leidenschaft (1994). She lost the role to Julia Ormond, but Brad Pitt was so impressed with Gwyneth that he later hand-picked her to play his wife in Sieben (1995).
Is lifelong friends with Norman Lloyd, who knew her mother, Blythe Danner, for exactly 40 years, right around the same time she was born.
Good friends with Mario Batali.
Resides in the same apartment building, in TriBeCa, as Meryl Streep (2012).
Gave birth to her first child at age 31, a daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin (aka Apple Martin) on May 14, 2004 and her second child at age 33, a son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (aka Moses Martin) on April 8, 2006. Their father is her now ex-husband, Chris Martin.
Revealed that she named her daughter Apple, because apples are whole, sweet and crisp. The baby's middle name honors her grandmothers, Blythe Danner and Alison Martin.
(March 17, 2013) Admitted that she had miscarried her future third child with her now estranged husband Chris Martin and almost died.
(March 25, 2014) Separated from her husband of 10 years Chris Martin.
Was the 115th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar dress for Shakespeare in Love (1998) at The 71st Annual Academy Awards (1999) on March 21, 1999.
Delivered her daughter Apple naturally after a 70-hour long labor but delivered her son Moses via Caesarean section out of fear of having another long labor.
Is one of 15 Oscar-winning actresses to have been born in the state of California. The others are Fay Bainter, Gloria Grahame, Jo Van Fleet, Liza Minnelli, Tatum O'Neal, Diane Keaton, Sally Field, Anjelica Huston, Cher, Jodie Foster, Helen Hunt, Angelina Jolie, Marcia Gay Harden and Brie Larson.
Was offered a chance to be a roaster for "The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe", but declined.
Is one of 11 actresses who won the Best Actress Oscar for a move that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for Shakespeare in Love (1998)). The others are Claudette Colbert for Es geschah in einer Nacht (1934), Luise Rainer for Der große Ziegfeld (1936), Vivien Leigh for Vom Winde verweht (1939), Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Louise Fletcher for Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest (1975), Diane Keaton for Der Stadtneurotiker (1977), Shirley MacLaine for Zeit der Zärtlichkeit (1983), Jessica Tandy for Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur (1989), Jodie Foster for Das Schweigen der Lämmer (1991) and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
Was supposed to star in Zu scharf, um wahr zu sein (2010) but backed out due to production delays. Alice Eve replaced her.
Greatly admires Johnny Depp. She worked with him on Mortdecai - Der Teilzeitgauner (2015).
As a teenage model, she appeared in a 1991 ad urging high school kids to use condoms.
Is one of 26 actresses who have received an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Shakespeare in Love (1998). The others in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (Es geschah in einer Nacht (1934)), Loretta Young (Die Farmerstochter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Mein Freund Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Die ist nicht von gestern (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Ein Herz und eine Krone (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Die Kaktusblüte (1969)), Glenda Jackson (Mann, bist du Klasse! (1973)), Lee Grant (Shampoo (1975)), Diane Keaton (Der Stadtneurotiker (1977)), Maggie Smith (Das verrückte California Hotel (1978)), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin und Howard (1980)), Jessica Lange (Tootsie (1982)), Anjelica Huston (Die Ehre der Prizzis (1985)), Olympia Dukakis (Mondsüchtig (1987)), Cher (Mondsüchtig (1987)), Jessica Tandy (Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur (1989)), Mercedes Ruehl (König der Fischer (1991)), Marisa Tomei (Mein Vetter Winnie (1992)), Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway (1994)), Mira Sorvino (Geliebte Aphrodite (1995)), Frances McDormand (Fargo - Blutiger Schnee (1996)), Helen Hunt (Besser geht's nicht (1997)), Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Penélope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings (2012)).
Is one of 14 actresses to have won both the Best Actress Academy Award and the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for the same performance; hers being for Shakespeare in Love (1998). The others, in chronological order, are: Judy Holliday for Die ist nicht von gestern (1950), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Glenda Jackson for Mann, bist du Klasse! (1973), Diane Keaton for Der Stadtneurotiker (1977), Sissy Spacek for Nashville Lady (1980), Cher for Mondsüchtig (1987), Jessica Tandy for Miss Daisy und ihr Chauffeur (1989), Helen Hunt for Besser geht's nicht (1997), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Marion Cotillard for La vie en rose (2007), and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings (2012).
She was offered the role of Emma Peel in Mit Schirm, Charme und Melone (1998), which she turned down. Coincidentally, she later played Pepper Potts in an unrelated film of the same The Avengers (2012).
Mother Blythe Danner mentioned in her Emmy Award acceptance speech in 2015, that Kiefer Sutherland babysat her daughter as a child.
Is one of 3 actresses who have won both the Best Actress Oscar (hers being for Shakespeare in Love (1998)) and the Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy (hers being for Glee (2009)). The other actresses are Emma Thompson and Kathy Bates.
Personal Quotes (31)
Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
[on her father's (Bruce Paltrow's) struggle with throat cancer] It changed me more than anything else. You don't want to get to that place where you're the adult and you're palpably in the next generation. And, this shoved me into that.
[on her 1997 separation with Brad Pitt] 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.
I try to remember, as I hear about friends getting engaged, that it's not about the ring and it's not about the wedding. It's a grave thing, getting married. And it's easy to get swept up in the wrong things.
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.
I realised life is so short and precious, you should do things that make you feel inspired, that push you and teach you something. I'd rather not have a big house, a huge closet of clothes, diamonds and a private plane, and instead a body of work that I'm proud of.
I'm glad that some day my children will be able to see my father and hear his voice, get a sense of who he was. One of the things that disturbs me the most about the fact that he's dead, is that I feel like a statistic. I sort of feel like one of those people who was unfortunate and lost their father when they were 30, and life goes on. But he was so unique and so incredible, I don't like to think about it in those terms.
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.
The simpler things are, the happier they are.
The work gets more difficult as you get older. You learn more and you gather more experiences, there is deeper pain and higher highs.
There are certain women in this business who have children and I just think, "You must never, never see them!". You can't do movies back to back and see your child if they go to school.
Our marriage is between us. If we decide to continue being together or not, it's our business.
[on being pregnant while filming Der Beweis (2005)] It was very, very difficult. I was trying not to barf. I felt terrible.
Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, another romantic comedy? You know. You see her in something like Walk the Line (2005) and think, "God, you're so great!" And then you think, "Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?". But of course, it's for money and status. I just think, "Wouldn't it be great if all of those movies people went to see were about real women?".
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!".
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.
I sort of look at some peers of mine and I think, "No, you've got it all wrong!". I just want to tell them all to have babies and be happy and not get sucked into that Hollywood thing.
I find the English amazing how they got over 7/7. There were no multiple memorials with people sobbing as they would have been in America. There, they are constantly scaring people but at the same time, people think nothing of going to see a therapist.
Brits are far more intelligent and civilised than Americans. I love the fact that you can hail a taxi and just pick up your pram and put in the back of the cab without having to collapse it. I love the parks and places I go for dinner and my friends. It's a pretty city, you know.
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.
It would be a lot easier on Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston now had they not talked to the press about each other and everything to begin with. I learned my lesson at 24.
[on daughter Apple's accent] She says "Mummy" instead of "Mommy", I don't mind that. I will if she starts saying "basil" and "pasta" the English way, as that really drives me nuts.
[on the paparazzi] If I have my daughter in the car and they are making me nervous, I'll do whatever I have to do. I keep a whole log. I take pictures of their cars, write down license plate numbers, everything. If they do it again, I can go to the police. I know my rights and, believe me, I will have them arrested. I will stop at nothing.
[on Madonna] 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. (Style magazine, September 2006)
I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.
My father found joy in feeding the people he loved - genuine, bursting happiness. He instilled in me the idea that a meal made for your family is an expression of love.
[on the "scenery" in Flight Girls (2003)] It's like, all of a sudden, I'm in underwear for half the movie.
When you're having dinner with your kids and your husband and someone says something funny or your dying laughing because your three-year-old made a joke, it doesn't matter what else is going on. That's real happiness.
Women really need to examine why they're so vitriolic to other women.
[on Johnny Depp] Whether it's Morgan Freeman [Sieben (1995)] at the beginning of my career or Johnny Depp in my last movie [Mortdecai - Der Teilzeitgauner (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.
I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes,000 a year.
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