Gwyneth Paltrow Shout (1991), and
later the same year she played in family
Spielberg's Hook (1991).
She later starred in Se7en (1995),
dating her co-star Brad Pitt.
Her performance in Emma(1996) received
its share of praise. She was awarded the
Academy Award for Best Actress
two years later for her performance in
Shakespeare in Love (1998), and proceeded to alienate alot of her fans and
general public alike with her over-the-top and effusive acceptance.
She has since had a steady film career, with a
few notable film roles, including Proof
(2005) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
She was born in Los Angeles to the late Bruce Paltrow
(a Jewish American film director) and
Blythe Danner (a well known Quaker character
actress of part Pennsylvania Dutch descent).
Raised in Santa Monica, she attended
Spence School, a selective private girls'
school in New York City, and briefly
studied Art History at the University
of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out
and committing herself to acting. Paltrow
has a younger brother named Jake
and is a cousin of actress Katherine Moennig.
In May of 2005 she publicly announced that she suffered from depression after the untimely death of her father Bruce Paltrow.
She is a vegetarian and a good friend
of both Madonna
and Christina Applegate,
but she earned the enmity of
due to her performance as Stone in a Saturday Night Live
skit that poked fun at Stone
and her then-husband, Phil Bronstein.
She had a much-publicized romance with Brad Pitt
and was also once linked romantically to Ben Affleck.
On December 5, 2003, she married Chris Martin
of the rock group Coldplay in secret. Paltrow
gave birth to their first child, Apple Blythe Alison Martin,
on May 14, 2004. She has been quoted as saying
she chose the name Apple
because it was "the sweetest, loveliest name." In December 2005, her mother confirmed to the television program Entertainment Tonight
that Paltrow is pregnant with a second child,
due in spring 2006. Neither Paltrow nor her husband have so far commented on this.