Gwyneth Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an Academy Award, Golden Globe- and double Screen Actors Guild Award-winning American actress, as well as a chart-topping singer in Australia.
She is perhaps best known for her roles in the films Se7en, Shakespeare in Love, Iron Man and The Talented Mr. Ripley.
She is married to Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin and has had two children with him.
Early career: 1990-1994
Paltrow made her professional stage debut in 1990 and her debut on film in 1991, in Shout. Later that year, she played the role as the young Wendy in Steven Spielberg's Hook (1991).
Before her breakthrough Gwyneth Paltrow appeared in Malice and also Flesh and Bone.
Paltrow's breakthrough came when she starred in Se7en (1995), opposite Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. The film was hugely successful commercially and critically.
This was bolstered in 1996 when she starred in Emma, where she received positive critical acclaim, particularly in the UK for her impressive English accent.
Two years later, Gwyneth Paltrow starred in Shakespeare in Love. The film earned more than $100 million in box office receipts and numerous awards. This included Paltrow receiving the award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role and also an Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
The year after Gwyneth Paltrow starred in A Perfect Murder and in 2000, in The Talented Mr. Ripley.
Recent Years: 2000-Present
Until recently, Paltrow has had a relatively low-profile, yet steady, film career with a few critically acclaimed film roles, including Proof (2005) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001).
Audiences got their first taste of Paltrow's singing ability with the 2000 release of Duets, with singer Huey Lewis. Towards the end of the film they perform a cover version of Smokey Robinson's "Cruisin'" which would eventually be released and go to number one in Australia, while Gwyneth Paltrow's rendition of the Kim Carnes classic "Bette Davis Eyes" reached number three.
Since winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow's film success has been less noteworthy, including several cameo roles, such as her appearance in Love and Other Disasters, Running with Scissors and Infamous.
Despite some low key appearances Paltrow's leading role in 2008's Iron Man may have restored her superstar status.
Paltrow gave birth to their first child, a daughter named Apple Blythe Alison Martin, five months later, on May 14, 2004, in London.
Her second child, Moses Bruce Anthony Martin, was born on April 8, 2006 in New York City. Her son's first name was explained as the song that her husband wrote for her shortly before their secret wedding, called "Moses".
Paltrow is good friends with Madonna and they even share the same personal trainer.
On September 27, 2006 (her 34th birthday) Gwyneth sang a duet with rap artist Jay-Z during his concert at the Royal Albert Hall. She sang the chorus for Song Cry.
Paltrow is a descendent of a famous 17th century Polish rabbi, David HaLevi Segal of Krakow.
Actor Simon Pegg is Paltrow's daughter's Godfather.
Gwyneth Paltrow fails the Food Bank Challenge after four days.
Gwyneth Paltrow has given up on the Food Bank Challenge she was set after just four days. The 42-year-old actress admitted she had lasted four days before caving to buy chicken, fresh vegetables and a pack of liquorice. Paltrow was set the challenge by chef Mario Batali to raise awareness for New York City Food Bank. Paltrow's challenge was to buy enough food on $29, the amount families living on SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) are given, to last a week.
Gwyneth Paltrow managed 4 days of the Food Bank Challenge.
Continue reading: Gwyneth Paltrow Gives Up On Food Stamp Challenge After Just 4 Days
Can Gwyneth Paltrow live on $29 a week?
Of all of Gwyneth Paltrow's eccentric endeavours, her latest is by far the most affordable - the actress is planning to live on a $29 food budged for a week. This is the allowance of families on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).
Paltrow plans to keep us up to date on the project via Twitter and Goop.
The actress has accepted the #FoodBankNYCChallenge from celebrity chef NYC Food Bank board member Mario Batali, who also challenged Sting and Debbie Harry, Us Weekly noted. The challenge limits people to $1.38 per meal for a week.
Continue reading: Gwyneth Paltrow Will Live on Food Stamps (or Equivalent) for a Week
The actress and Goop founder was challenged by celebrity chef Mario Batali.
Gwyneth Paltrow has accepted the challenge laid down by celebrity chef Mario Batali to live on a $29 food stamp budget for one week. The actress announced her participation in the #FoodBankNYCChallenge on Thursday, posting a picture to twitter of her week’s shop.
Gwyneth will attempt to live on just $29 a week.
"This is what $29 gets you at the grocery store—what families on SNAP (i.e. food stamps) have to live on for a week," the actress captioned a photo of her shop, which included black beans, eggs, lettuce, peas brown rice and celery.
Continue reading: Gwyneth Paltrow Accepts Food Bank Challenge To Live On $29 A Week
The 42-year-old actress recently opened up about her experience running her lifestyle site, Goop, which was launched in 2008.
Gwyneth Paltrow has been hugely successful with her lifestyle site Goop, which was launched in 2008, but she didn't achieve this overnight. As well as overcoming many challenges throughout its 7-year existence, the 42-year-old actress also had to learn the ins and outs of this business.
Paltrow has found huge success with Goop
"I was a fool. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But I have to say, it's been incredibly rewarding and I learn so much every day," she said in a recent interview with Bloomberg Television. "And we're in a really exciting time in the business right now. It's amazing to be the creative force and also to understand what's going on on the fiscal side and with raising money and all of that. It's very challenging."
Continue reading: Gwyneth Paltrow Would Love For Her Children To Run Goop In The Future
Gwyneth Paltrow - Hollywood's biggest stars were snapped on the red carpet as they arrived for the 87th Annual Oscars awards ceremony which was held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 201
Gwyneth Paltrow - Celebrities attend Tom Ford Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection Presentation - Red Carpet at Milk Studios. at Milk Studios - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 20th February 2015
The 42-year-old actress was quickly criticised by doctors for telling women to try a new Mugwort V-Steam procedure.
As well as being a success Hollywood actress, Gwyneth Paltrow has garnered another fan base for promoting health benefits on her popular lifestyle website, GOOP, which includes tips on detox-juicing and yoga.
Paltrow was scorned for telling women to steam their vaginas
But when Paltrow recommended that women should steam their vaginas in order to feel cleansed, even endorsing the Mugwort V-Steam procedure at Tikkun Spa in Santa Monica, health experts were quick to slam the idea.