Gwyneth Paltrow: Snapshot

Gwyneth Paltrow
Date of Birth
September 27, 1972
Birth Place
Los Angeles, Calif.
After starring as Brad Pitt's wife in Se7en, Paltrow and Pitt started an off-screen romance that thrust the comely couple into the spotlight. They became engaged, but the high-profile relationship ended in 1997 and she moved onto a two-year relationship with Ben Affleck.

Although her star-studded romances made her a star, it was Shakespeare in Love that earned her a Best Actress Oscar. After years of eclectic film choices, Paltrow entered a more selective phase in her career upon marrying Coldplay frontman Chris Martin and having their two children. In 2008, the actress jumped back into the spotlight with the Iron Man franchise and her lifestyle and cooking Web site, GOOP. In 2013, Paltrow landed the cover of PEOPLE's Most Beautiful issue at age 40, but the following year proved to be a personal low-point when she and Martin announced their separation.

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Gwyneth Paltrow: Five Fun Facts

  1. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Gwyneth Paltrow's husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, said, "If your wife went out with Brad Pitt, you'd want to prove yourself, you know what I mean?"
  2. Gwyneth Paltrow spent the summer of her high school sophomore year as an exchange student in Talavera de la Reina, Spain and has since visited the town and her host family several times a year. The town officially "adopted" her as one of its own at a ceremony in 2003.
  3. Gwyneth Paltrow does a mean Woody Allen impression. Steven Haft, a producer for Emma, told PEOPLE, "She would get halfway through her speech in a Dorset accent, then suddenly start sounding like Woody Allen. She had the whole crew in stitches."
  4. Gwyneth Paltrow wakes up at 4:30 each morning to practice yoga. "I'm really not a morning person at all," Gwyneth Paltrow told In Style, "It's just sheer determination. I'm very strict with myself. When I practice six days a week and eat clean food, I feel much better."
  5. Recording artist Babyface, with whom Gwyneth Paltrow sang "Just My Imagination" in Duets, wanted to talk to the actress about a recording career, but she declined. She told Entertainment Weekly that her fantasy has always been to be a backup singer. "I just love to harmonize," she said.

Gwyneth Paltrow: Biography


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July 10-24

A Different Path

Without much experience, 18-year-old Paltrow appears alongside her mother in Picnic at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Her father, television director Bruce Paltrow, is sufficiently impressed with his daughter's performance to encourage her to abandon university studies for acting. Previously, her parents said she should stay in school.


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May 17

Mom and Me

In her first television role, Paltrow appears in the NBC miniseries Cruel Doubt alongside her mother. Her more considerable acting background notwithstanding, Danner tells PEOPLE, "She got the part first, and I guess they thought I looked right as her mother.'' The following year, Paltrow takes a small part in the psychological drama Flesh and Bone, but her performance makes her a young actress to watch. The National Society of Film Critics nominates her for Best Supporting Actress for the role.


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That Girl

Paltrow begins dating Se7en costar Brad Pitt, PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive, catapulting Paltrow into the headlines. "Our first date was at an Italian restaurant in L.A., and no one gave us a glance," Paltrow tells You magazine. "Now it's a case of 'Who's that girl?'" In April, while in St. Barts, a paparazzo captures the couple sunbathing nude, which leads to an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit that Pitt wins.

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