Paltrow, Gwyneth 1972–

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PALTROW, Gwyneth 1972


Full name, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow; born September 28, 1972, in Los Angeles, CA; daughter of Bruce Paltrow (a television writer and producer) and Blythe Danner (an actress); sister of Jake Paltrow (an actor and director); married Chris Martin (a singer and songwriter), December 5, 2003; children: Apple Blythe Alison Martin. Education: Studied art history at University of California, Santa Barbara, c. 199091.

Addresses: Agent Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Publicist PMK/HBH Public Relations, 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211. Contact

Career: Actress. Appeared in advertisements, including print advertisements for Esprit and Christian Dior, television commercials for Martini Rosso and, and in television commercials and print advertisements for El Corte Ingles.

Awards, Honors: Golden Satellite Award, best performance by an actress in a motion picturecomedy or musical, 1996, for Emma; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actresssuspense, 1998, for A Perfect Murder; Florida Film Critics Circle Award, best actress, 1998, for Sliding Doors and Shakespeare in Love; special award, San Diego Film Critics, 1998, for Sliding Doors, Shakespeare in Love, and consistent acting excellence; Sierra Award, Las Vegas Film Critics Society awards, best actress, 1998, Academy Award, best actress, Golden Globe Award, best performance by an actress in a motion picturecomedy or musical, Screen Actors Guild Award, best actress, Film Award nomination, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, best actress, Florida Film Critics Circle Award, best actress, MTV Movie Award (with Joseph Fiennes), best kiss, MTV Movie Award nomination, best female performance, Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite actress in a comedy or romance, Chicago Film Critics Association Award nomination, best actress, Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a motion picturecomedy or musical, Online Film Critics Society Award nomination, best actress, Screen Actors Guild awards, outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role and (with others) outstanding performance by a cast, all 1999, and Empire Award, best actress, 2000, all for Shakespeare in Love; Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination, favorite actresssuspense, 2000, for The Talented Mr. Ripley; Blockbuster Entertainment Award, favorite actressdrama/romance, MTV Movie Award nomination (with Ben Affleck), best kiss, 2001, both for Bounce; Golden Satellite Award nomination, best performance by an actress in a supporting role, comedy or musical, 2002, for The Royal Tenenbaums; Laurence Olivier Award nomination, Society of West End Theatre, best actress, 2003, for Proof; Distinguished Decade of Achievement in Film Award, ShoWest Convention, 2004.


Film Appearances:

Rebecca, Shout, Universal, 1991.

Young Wendy, Hook, TriStar, 1991.

Ginnie, Flesh and Bone, Paramount, 1993.

Paula Bell, Malice, Columbia, 1993.

Paula Hunt, Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (also known as Mrs. Parker and the Round Table ), Fine Line, 1994.

Lucy Trager, Moonlight and Valentino, Gramercy Pictures, 1995.

Patsy Jefferson, Jefferson in Paris (also known as Jefferson a Paris ), Buena Vista, 1995.

Tracy Mills, Seven (also known as Se7en ), New Line Cinema, 1995.

Title role (Emma Woodhouse), Emma, Miramax, 1996.

Julie DeMarco, The Pallbearer (also known as Happy Blue ), Miramax, 1996.

Clementine, Sydney (also known as Hard Eight ), Samuel Goldwyn, 1997.

Kilronan, TriStar, 1997.

Emily Bradford Taylor, A Perfect Murder (also known as Dial M ), Warner Bros., 1998.

Estella, Great Expectations, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1998.

Helen Baring, Hush, TriStar, 1998.

Helen Quilley, Sliding Doors, Miramax, 1998.

Viola De Lesseps/"Thomas Kent," Shakespeare in Love, Miramax, 1998.

Voice of Sarah Orne Jewett, Out of the Past, Zeitgeist Films/Unapix Films, 1998.

Marge Sherwood, The Talented Mr. Ripley (also known as The Mysterious Yearning Secretive Sad Lonely Troubled Confused Loving Musical Gifted Intelligent Beautiful Tender Sensitive Haunted Passionate Talented Mr. Ripley ), Paramount, 1999.

Herself, Inside "The Talented Mr. Ripley " (documentary), Ardustry Home Entertainment, 1999.

Abby Janello, Bounce, Miramax, 2000.

(Uncredited) Herself, The Intern (also known as Intern ), 2000.

Herself, Reflections on "The Talented Mr. Ripley " (documentary), 2000.

Liv, Duets, Buena Vista, 2000.

(Uncredited) Herself in archive footage, Pootie Tang, Paramount, 2001.

Margot Tenenbaum, The Royal Tenenbaums, 2001.

Rosemary Shanahan, Shallow Hal (also known as Schwer verliebt ), Twentieth CenturyFox, 2001.

Skye Davidson, The Anniversary Party, Fine Line, 2001.

Herself, Austin Powers in Goldmember (also known as Austin Powers: Goldmember ), New Line Cinema, 2002.

Maud Bailey, Possession, Warner Bros., 2002.

Donna Jensen, View from the Top, Miramax, 2003.

Herself, Ashtanga, NY (short film), 2003.

Sylvia Plath (title role), Sylvia (also known as The Beekeeper's Daughter and Ted and Sylvia ), Focus Features, 2003.

Catherine, Proof, Miramax, 2004.

Polly Perkins, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (also known as The World of Tomorrow ), Paramount, 2004.

Film Work:

Producer (with others), View from the Top, Miramax, 2003.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Spotlight: David Schwimmer, Comedy Central, 1996.

We All Dream of Oz, TNT, 2000.

Herself, Reel Comedy: Shallow Hal, Comedy Central, 2001.

The Concert for New York City, VH1, 2001.

Holiday with the Stars, E! Entertainment Television, 2001.

Herself, Searching for Debra Winger (documentary), Showtime, 2002.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Presenter, The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 1997.

Herself, The 70th Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1998.

Presenter, The 71st Annual Academy Awards Presentation, ABC, 1999.

The 1999 MTV Movie Awards, MTV, 1999.

Herself, 2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, Fox, 2000.

Presenter, The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2000.

Presenter, The 72nd Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2000.

Presenter, The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards, VH1, 2001.

The 55th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2001.

Presenter, The 74th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 2002.

Herself, The Laurence Olivier Awards 2003, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2002.

Herself, "Madonna Meets Not Us," Late Lunch, 1998.

Herself, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL ), NBC, 1999, 2000 (two episodes), and 2001.

Voice of herself, "The Clips Show Wherein Dante and Randal are Locked in the Freezer and Remember Some of the Great Moments of Their Lives," Clerks (animated), ABC, 2000.

Herself, "The Scene," Gary & Mike, UPN, 2001.

Herself, Inside the Actors Studio, Bravo, 2001.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, NBC, 2001 and 2003.

Herself, "Gwyneth Paltrow," Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2002.

Herself, RI:SE, 2002.

Herself in archive footage, "Gwyneth Paltrow," Love Chain, E! Entertainment Television, 2003.

Herself, Celebrities Uncensored, 2003.

Herself, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, syndicated, 2003.

Herself, Entertainment Tonight (also known as ET ), syndicated, 2003.

Herself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 2003.

Herself, Parkinson, BBC, 2003.

Herself, The View, ABC, 2003.

Appeared as Linnet in "Death on the Nile," Poirot; also appeared in episodes of other series, including "Gwyneth Paltrow," Revealed with Jules Asner, E! Entertainment Television; and The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated.

Television Appearances; Other:

Angela Pritchard, Cruel Doubt (miniseries), NBC, 1992.

Carol Fagot Holland, Deadly Relations (movie), ABC, 1993.

Appeared in an unsold pilot.

Stage Appearances:

The Adventures of Huck Finn, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1990.

Picnic, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1991.

The Sweet Bye and Bye, 1992.

Nina, The Seagull, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1994.

Rosalind, As You Like It, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1999.

Catherine, Proof, Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London, 2002.



(With Huey Lewis) "Crusin'" (single released from the film Duets ), 2000.

Contributed vocals to the song "It's Only Love," by Sheryl Crow.

Music Videos:

(With Huey Lewis) "Cruisin'" (from the film Duets ), 2000.

Also appeared in the music video for "I Wanna Come Over," by Melissa Etheridge.



Hill, Anne E., Gwyneth Paltrow, Chelsea House Publishers, 2002.

Milano, Valerie, Gwyneth Paltrow, ECW Press, 2000.

Newsmakers 1997, Issue 4, Gale, 1997.


Entertainment Weekly, January 8, 1999, p. 26; March 1, 1999, p. 38; June 21, 2002, p. 90; November 28, 2003, pp. 4243.

Harper's Bazaar, April, 1996, p. 188.

In Style, January, 1999, p. 128.

Life, May 1, 1999, p. 60.

Newsweek, July 29, 1996, pp. 6668.

New York, July 29, 1996.

New York Times, August 13, 1994; July 28, 1996, p. H11.

People Weekly, May 10, 1999, p. 169; December 17, 2001, pp. 7172; October 14, 2002, pp. 6869; January 27, 2003, p. 69; December 8, 2003, p. 21; December 22, 2003, p. 78.

Time, December 15, 2003, p. 91.

Variety, June 28, 1999, p. 75; June 3, 2002, p. 45.

Women's Wear Daily, December 14, 1998, p. 4.

Paltrow, Gwyneth

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PALTROW, Gwyneth

Nationality: American. Born: Gwyneth Kate Paltrow, Los Angeles, California, 28 September 1972 (some sources say 1973). Education: Dropped out of University of California to pursue career in acting. Awards: Academy Award, for Shakespeare in Love, 1998. Address: Creative Artists Agency, 9830 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90212–1825, U.S.A.

Films as Actress:


Shout (Hornaday) (as Rebecca); Hook (Spielberg) (as Young Wendy)


Cruel Doubt (Simoneau—for TV) (as Angela Pritchard)


Flesh and Bone (Kloves) (as Ginnie); Malice (Becker) (as Paula Bell); Deadly Relations (Condon—for TV) (as Carol Fagot Holland)


Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (Mrs. Parker and the Round Table) (Rudolph) (as Paula Hunt)


Moonlight and Valentino (Anspaugh) (as Lucy Trager); Se7en (Seven) (Fincher) (as Tracy Mills); Jefferson in Paris (Ivory) (as Patsy Jefferson)


Sydney (Hard Eight) (Anderson) (as Clementine); Emma (McGrath) (as Emma Woodhouse); The Pallbearer (Reeves) (as Julie DeMarco)


Shakespeare in Love (Maddden) (as Viola De Lesseps); A Perfect Murder (Davis) (as Emily Bradford Taylor); Hush (Darby) (as Helen); Sliding Doors (Howitt) (as Helen Quilley); Great Expectations (Cuarón) (as Estella); Out of the Past (Dupre) (voice of Sarah Orne Jewett)


The Talented Mr. Ripley (Minghella) (as Marge Sherwood)


Duets (Bruce Paltrow) (as Liv); Bounce (Roos) (as Abby); The Intern (Lange) (as Herself)


On PALTROW: articles-

Interview with Jennifer Beals, in Interview (New York), September 1995.

On PALTROW: articles—

Rochlin, Margy, "Like Emma, Setting Her World All Astir," in The New York Times, 28 July 1996.

Corliss, Richard, "A Touch of Class," in Time, 29 July 1996.

Abramowitz, R., "Long Cool Woman," in Premiere (Boulder), February 1998.

Holden, Stephen, "A Second Chance at Love," in The New York Times, 25 April 1998.

"The Unlikeliest Indie Queen," in Moviemaker (Los Angeles), June-July 1998.

Maslin, Janet, "Shakespeare Saw a Therapist?" in The New York Times, 11 December 1998.

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With her unconventional beauty, mastery of accents, and class, Gwyneth Paltrow has a chance to become her generation's Meryl Streep, provided either experience or training greatly deepen her ability to lose herself in a role. Though she is not formally trained, her acting has gradually improved over the years. And though she was born and raised in California by her parents, actress Blythe Danner (The Great Santini) and television producer Bruce Paltrow (St. Elsewhere), she has shown herself to be a master of accents, from Texan (Flesh and Bone) to three distinct varieties of British in her three most notable films: Emma, Sliding Doors, and Shakespeare in Love. Director Steve Kloves was stunned by both Paltrow's acting ability and her ear for accents when he was casting the role of Ginnie, an amoral grifter from Texas who steals jewelry from corpses, for his film Flesh and Bone (1993). Kloves said, when Paltrow entered the audition room, she was all sweetness and light, "but as soon as she read, a veil came over her and she totally inhabited the character."

Another director who can attest to the authenticity of her accent is Douglas McGrath. "I grew up in Texas, and my friends and I used to just kill ourselves laughing when movie actors did Texas accents. People always sounded like the Clampetts. But Gwyneth did the most impeccable Texas accent in Flesh and Bone." This was one reason McGrath gave Paltrow the lead in his film Emma (1996), which proved to be her true breakout role. Emma, based on the Jane Austen novel, tells the story of an overindulged rich girl who is so busy meddling in the lives of others that she neglects her own. As an American, Paltrow was petrified of taking the role of one of England's most beloved literary characters, in a film to be shot in England and filled with some of England's finest actors. According to Paltrow, growing up she always had a knack for accents, and would occasionally fool people pretending she was British or some other nationality. But when she was cast as Emma Woodhouse she suddenly realized it would take an enormous amount of work because there's a huge difference between the fake English accent that sounds good and a real one that reflects growing up in a specific location in England, and that requires changing the placement of your tongue and jaw. She needn't have worried about tackling the role; her accent and the emotional tone she struck were so right, so light and graceful and witty, that her performance was embraced on both sides of the Atlantic.

She was offered roles in Titanic and The Avengers, but turned down both for the lead in Peter Howitt's Sliding Doors (1998), in which she plays the lead character in a dual role. Running for a subway train after being fired from her job, Helen Quilley both catches and misses the train, setting up parallel stories showing how something as simple as catching or missing a subway train can lead to widely divergent fates. A great believer in the idea that life experiences really change the way you perceive things from one day to the next, Paltrow found it challenging to play two versions of the same woman, one who has been through something dramatic and traumatic, and one who hasn't.

But it was in Shakespeare in Love (1998) that Paltrow really came into her own. This cleverly written film is in part a fanciful speculation on how Shakespeare came to write his most famous play, in part a satire of show business, and especially a love story between William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) and Lady Viola de Lesseps (Paltrow). In Shakespeare's time, women were forbidden to act, but Viola is so eager to work in the theater that she disguises herself as a man in order to appear in Shakespeare's newest play, the still-in-progress Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Shakespeare is suffering from writer's block, but once he discovers Viola's secret and their passionate love blooms, he has all the inspiration he needs. The New York Times pointed out that the film could never have as much energy as it does without the right real-life Juliet to dazzle Will, and "Gwyneth Paltrow, in her first great, fully realized starring performance, makes a heroine so breathtaking that she seems utterly plausible as the playwright's guiding light. In a film steamy enough to start a sonnet craze, her Viola de Lesseps really does seem to warrant the most timeless love poems, and to speak Shakespeare's own elegant language with astonishing ease." Paltrow's performance earned her a well-deserved Best Actress Oscar, and was a major reason the film went on to win Best Picture. One can only hope that she develops greater depth to accompany her grace and facility with accents.

—Bob Sullivan

Paltrow, Gwyneth

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PALTROW, GWYNETH (1972–), U.S. actress. Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of the Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner and the film director Bruce Paltrow, who was said to have had generations of rabbis in his family tree. In 1991, Gwyneth quit the University of California to actively pursue a career in acting. She made her film debut with a small part in Shout (1991) and then had featured roles in a variety of films before playing the title role of Emma Wood-house in Emma (1996), which led to her being offered the role of Viola in Shakespeare in Love (1998). For the latter role, she won an Oscar as best actress.

[Stewart Kampel (2nd ed.)]