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Gwyneth Paltrow

A Hollywood legend in the making, Gwyneth Paltrow has defied the odds by remaining one of today's most prolific and celebrated actors in the ever-changing film industry. A testament to her undeniable talent, her role in Shakespeare In Love catapulted her into awards stardom with Best Actress honors at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild Awards, and Academy Awards. Her career has been studded with both critically acclaimed independents and studio blockbusters that have made her a fixture for this generation's film audience.

She was most recently seen in Jon Favreau's box office hit Iron Man 2, in which she returned as Tony Stark's personal secretary and confidant, Virginia Pepper Potts. Other recent film credits include James Gray's romantic drama Two Lovers opposite Joaquin Phoenix for which she received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, as well as her brother Jake Paltrow's directorial debut The Good Night. Paltrow played the role of the wife of a former pop star who's been reduced to writing jingles alongside co-stars Penelope Cruz and Danny DeVito.

Additional credits include John Madden's Proof for which she received a Golden Globe nomination; Sylvia – in which she portrayed the famous poet Sylvia Plath, Ryan Murphy's Running with Scissors; Douglas McGrath's Infamous; The World of Tomorrow; Neil LaBute's Possession; Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums; Peter and Bobby Farrelly's Shallow Hal; The Anniversary Party; Bruce Paltrow's Duets; Bounce opposite Ben Affleck; Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley; Andrew Davis' A Perfect Murder; Sliding Doors; Douglas McGrath's Emma; Great Expectations; The Pallbearer; Seven; A View From the Top; Moonlight and Valentino; Jefferson in Paris; Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle; Malice; Hook and Shout. Paltrow's first role was her remarkable performance in the critically acclaimed Flesh and Bone opposite Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid.

Paltrow made her directorial debut, co-writing and co-directing Dealbreakers, a short film she directed with her friend Mary Wigmore.

In May 2005 Paltrow entered into a multi-year contract with Estee Lauder Brand. Since the announcement oh her contract with the brand, Paltrow has appeared in global print and television advertising campaigns for Pleasures and Pure White Linen fragrances. In fall 2006 Estee Lauder introduced a new PLEASURES BY GWYNETH PALTROW limited edition collection inspired by her favorite pampering rituals.

This spring, Paltrow will publish her debut cookbook entitled My Father's Daughter and continues to develop her passion project GOOP.com. She first established her credibility in the culinary field when she co-wrote Spain, A Culinary Road Trip with acclaimed chef, Mario Batali.

Born in Los Angeles where she spent the first eleven years of her life, Paltrow stems from a very close-knit family deeply entrenched in the entertainment industry. Her father, Bruce Paltrow was a highly successful producer (St. Elsewhere, The White Shadow) and her mother is the award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Paltrow and her younger brother Jake spent their early childhood in Los Angeles where she attended St. Augustine by the Sea (now known as Crossroads).

At the age of eleven, her family moved to New York and she enrolled in the Spence School where she would later graduate. Paltrow enrolled in the University of California at Santa Barbara with the intention of majoring in Art History. She quickly learned that college life was not something she felt committed to and withdrew from school despite her father's strong recommendation to remain. It wasn't until he caught her moving performance in the Williamstown Theater production of Picnic, starring opposite her mother and Tony Goldwyn did he lend his support in her pursuit of an acting career.

Paltrow currently resides in New York City and London.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2011.
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Gwyneth Paltrow Facts

Birth NameGwyneth Kate Paltrow
BirthdaySeptember 28, 1972 (51)
BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, USA
Height5' 9½" (1m77)  How tall is Gwyneth Paltrow compared to you?
Awards1999 Academy Awards: Best Actress (for Shakespeare in Love)
1999 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for Shakespeare In Love)
1999 MTV Movie Awards: Best Kiss (for Shakespeare in Love)
1999 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Best Female Actor in a Leading Role (for Shakespeare In Love)
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Selected Filmography

Iron Man
The Talented Mr. Ripley
Shakespeare In Love
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
The Royal Tenenbaums
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