Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow is a famed Hollywood superstar with unmatchable talent and acting skills. She has been in the news lately because of the vagina-scented candle. The candle was designed and developed by ‘Heretic’, a brand that deals in artisanal fragrances.

The lady from Los Angeles is known for playing Pepper Potts, Tony Stark’s secretary (and love interest) in the ‘Iron Man’ and ‘The Avengers’ series. In addition to her career in films, she is also an established entrepreneur, writer, and singer.

As far as Paltrow’s film career is concerned, she has starred in more than 50 movies in a career that began three decades ago (and is still going strong). Movies with Gwyneth Paltrow have been immensely successful at the box office. Paltrow has been part of some of the biggest Hollywood productions, including the ‘Avengers’ series.

Gwyneth Paltrow was bestowed with an Academy Award (for best actress) for her performance in ‘Shakespeare in Love’ (1998). The 48-year-old is also known for her association with Steven Spielberg.

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Early on in her career, she was casted as ‘Wendy Darling’ by Spielberg in ‘Hook’ (1991). However, it was Bruce Paltrow, her father, who launched her in 1989 with ‘High’, a made-for-television film. 

Gwyneth Paltrow Beliefs and Interests

Gwyneth Paltrow is known for her outspoken nature. Most of the comments she make are covered instantly by the media. Gwyneth Paltrow’s religious views are diverse, to say the least. She was raised a Catholic, but decided to switch to Judaism.

Gwyneth Paltrow, back in 2016, described Donald Trump’s election victory as ‘exciting’. However, her comments were not received well by certain sections within the US. Paltrow serves the board of ‘The Robin Hood Foundation’, an organization that helps reduce poverty in NYC.

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She, along with several other prominent figures, joined a Zoom call with Dr. Fauci in 2020 to discuss a possible plan of action to curtail the spread of COVID-19. 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Birth and Early Childhood

Gwyneth Paltrow was born in 1972 in Los Angeles. She was born on Sept 27 1972 to Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow. As Gwyneth Paltrow’s parents were both part of showbiz, she was exposed to the big screen at an early age. Her father was a Polish Jew (Ashkerniazi), whilst her mum had her ancestors from Ireland, Germany and the UK. 

Gwyneth Paltrow’s childhood was spent in Santa Monica. It is here that she attended Crossroads School. Soon enough, she made her way to Spence School, which is an institution for girls in New York.

As a youngster, she took up a course in Anthropology from the University of California (Santa Barbara), but did not complete it as she wanted to pursue a career in acting

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Career in Movies

She made her debut as an actor in ‘High’ (1989), a made-of-television movie that was directed by Bruce Paltrow, her father. She used to watch her mother perform at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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It is here that she made her professional stage debut in 1990. In 1991, she acted in ‘Shout’, a musical film starring John Travolta. In the movie, she played a girl named Rebecca, but her time on the screen was short.

However, Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Hook’ (1991), a movie directed by Steven Spielberg, became immensely successful at the box office and made the critical fraternity take note of her onscreen presence. 

Critical Acclaim

After starring in several insignificant roles, Paltrow got her first big break in ‘Se7en’ (1995), a thriller movie directed by David Fincher.

Paltrow played the role of a detective’s wife in ‘Se7en’ and ended up earning a nomination under the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ category for her role in the movie. Much like Paltrow’s performance, ‘Se7en’, too, ended up garnering a lot of praise from the critics. 

The following year, she starred in ‘Emma’, a cinematic adaptation of the novel written by Jane Austin in 1815. Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Emma’ became a critical and commercial success and ended up turning her into a star (almost overnight).

Douglas McGrath, the movie’s director, casted Paltrow in the movie after McGrath’s agent saw Paltrow’s work in ‘Flesh and Bone’(1993), a neo-noir drama flick directed by Steve Kloves.

In 1998, Paltrow starred in as many as five (5) big-banner releases. One of her five releases that year was ‘Shakespeare in Love’. The movie featured Paltrow as Viola De Lesseps, the daughter of a wealthy merchant who falls in love with William Shakespeare.

Joseph Fieness played the role of William Shakespeare in the movie, but Paltrow’s portrayal of Viola is what ended up catching the viewers’ attention.  Gwyneth Paltrow’s Oscar nomination for her performance in the movie was a testament to her growing stature in Hollywood. She ended up winning an Oscar at the 71st Academy Awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow Personal Life

Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt dated from 1994-97. They got engaged, but the engagement was called off because Paltrow believed she wasn’t ‘ready’ to get married. Gwyneth Paltrow dated Ben Affleck from 1997-2000, but much like her previous relationship, this one didn’t work out either. 

Relationship with Chris Martin, Marriage, Motherhood, and Hiatus

In 2002, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin (Coldplay) fell in love and got married the following year. At the time of her marriage, she was already pregnant with Chris’s child. Gwyneth Paltrow’s children are a daughter named Apple (2004) and a son named Moses (2006).

She has made only a few film appearances after becoming a mother. After 10 years of marriage, Paltrow and Martin parted ways. The decision was termed as ‘conscious uncoupling’ by Paltrow. 

Return to the Big Screen

In 2008, Paltrow returned as Pepper Potts, Tony Stark’s secretary (and love interest) in ‘Iron Man’. The movie became a major commercial success. Since then, she has played Pepper Potts in several other movies within the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’.

Many believe that starring as Pepper Potts within the MCU was no less than a shot in the arm for her. After starring as Pepper, Paltrow was able to resurrect her career in movies.

Other Ventures

In 2008, Paltrow started ‘Goop’, a weekly newsletter. Over the years, ‘Goop’ has grown into a full-fledged website. The website deals in lifestyle and seeks to nurture several ‘inner aspects’ within the readers. Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Goop’ has drawn widespread criticism from various sections of the society for promoting treatments that are ‘medically’ impossible. 

She has also narrated (and recorded) several audiobooks for children, including the likes of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?’. 

In 2007, Paltrow was signed as the face of Estee Lauder Companies Inc., an American MNC that deals in skincare, fragrances, make-up products and hair care. 

Gwyneth Paltrow Net Worth

Thanks to her film roles and endorsements, Gwyneth Paltrow is one of the US’ wealthiest female entrepreneurs. At present, Gwyneth Paltrow’s net worth is US$150 million (approx.), and it is expected to soar further in the days to come, thanks majorly to her successful business empire. 

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