Gwyneth Paltrow's Biography
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born September 27, 1972 in Los Angeles, California to Bruce Paltrow a film and TV director, writer and producer and and Blythe Danner, an actress.
Gwyneth's father was of Ashkenazi Russian Jewish descent and her mother is a Quaker of Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry. She was raised in Santa Monica, she attended Crossroads School before moving and attending The Spence School, a private girls' school in New York City.
Later she briefly studied art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting. Paltrow has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, and is a cousin of actress Katherine Moennig and Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08).
She is an "adopted daughter" of Talavera de la Reina (Spain), where at age 15 she spent a year as an exchange student and learned Spanish.
Gwyneth was childhood friends with Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph.
She is an American actress. In fact, she dropped out of university to follow a full time acting career. She began her career in theatre in 1990 and made her film debut the following year.
Her early films include such successes as Se7en (1995), Emma (1996), in which she played the title role, and Sliding Doors (1998). Her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998) brought her widespread recognition; she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actress and as a member of the Outstanding Cast, among other awards and nominations.
Gwyneth had roles in such films as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Shallow Hal (2001). She also starred in Duets (2000), produced and directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow.
She sang on two singles released from the film's soundtrack, which were hits in some countries. She received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama for Proof (2005). More recently she appeared in the box-office success Iron Man (2008).
Her personal life has often been scrutinized in the media. Gwyneth dated Brad Pitt from 1995 until 1997 and at one point they were reportedly engaged. Gwyneth then married Chris Martin, the lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, in 2003. Gwyneth and Chris are the parents of two children.
Paltrow has commented that she curtailed her work commitments following the birth of her first child.
Gwyneth is famous for her buttery blonde hair which she has worn very long for many years.
Gwyneth co-stars in the 2010 Iron Man 2 sequel.