Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow

Born on September 27, 1972
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an Oscar-, Golden Globe- and double Screen Actors Guild Award- winning American actress. She is married to Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay.

"[On her 1997 break up with Brad Pitt]: It really changed my life. When we split up, something changed, permanently, in me. My heart sort of broke that day, and it will never be the same. "

"[on being pregnant while filming Proof (2005)] It was very, very difficult. I was trying not to barf. I felt terrible. "

"When you`re so out there in the public eye, people are constantly criticizing every aspect about you. "

Even actresses that you really admire, like Reese Witherspoon, you think, another romantic comedy? You know. You see her in something like Walk the Line (2005) and think, "God, you`re so great!" And then you think, "Why is she doing these stupid romantic comedies?" But of course, it`s for money and status. I just think, "Wouldn`t it be great if all of those movies people went to see were about real women?"

"I realised life is so short and precious, you should do things that make you feel inspired, that push you and teach you something. I`d rather not have a big house, a huge closet of clothes, diamonds and a private plane, and instead a body of work that I`m proud of. "

"The Jewish part of me is superstitious. "

"I try to remember, as I hear about friends getting engaged, that it`s not about the ring and it`s not about the wedding. It`s a grave thing, getting married. And it`s easy to get swept up in the wrong things. "

"Beauty, to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."

"The work gets more difficult as you get older. You learn more and you gather more experiences, there is deeper pain and higher highs. "

"Women were real box office stars in the `40s, more so than men. People loved to see women`s films. I think it was better then, except for the studio system"
- Gwyneth Paltrow

Though Gwyneth Paltrow is beautiful, she doesn't have the same appeal that the Scarlett Johanssons of the acting world do. Her sexiness is more subdued, while her intelligence and grace seem to be the main cause of her appeal.

Paltrow made her professional stage debut in 1990. Her most recent stage appearance was in Proof at London's Donmar Warehouse. Her debut film was Shout (1991). She also appeared in Hook (1991), Malice (1993), and Flesh and Bone (1993).Paltrow starred in Se7en (1995), opposite Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. The film was hugely successful commercially and critically. Then in 1996 she starred in Emma, where she received strongly positive critical acclaim, particularly in the UK for her impressive English accent, as well as in Europe and Asia.

In an interview with The Guardian, Paltrow admitted that she divided her career into those movies she did for love and those films she did for money: The Royal Tenenbaums, Proof, and Sylvia fell into the former category, while View from the Top and Shallow Hal were in the latter.

Since winning the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love, Paltrow's film success has been less noteworthy. She said she was unequipped to cope with the pressure, leading her to make several bad movie choices, agreeing with peers who believe the win is a curse. She has also made several cameo roles, such as her appearance in the Brittany Murphy film Love and Other Disasters, and several smaller roles, such as her role in Running With Scissors and Infamous, in which she sang Cole Porter's "What Is This Thing Called Love?".

She appeared in the 2005 film Proof, based on the play of the same name, in which she plays a young protagonist, mathematician and daughter Catherine.

In May 2005, Paltrow became the new face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume. She appeared in Chicago on August 17, 2007, to sign bottles of the perfume, and on July 8, 2008, she promoted Lauder's Sensuous perfume in New York along with the company's three other spokesmodels. Estée Lauder donates a minimum of $500,000 of sales of items from the 'Pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow' collection to breast cancer research.

Paltrow serves on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization which attempts to alleviate problems caused by poverty in New York City. In 2006 she became the new face for Bean Pole International, a Korean fashion brand. She starred along with actor Daniel Henney in several commercial films. In October 2007, Paltrow signed up for a PBS television series Spain... on the road Again with Mario Batali that showcases the food and culture of Spain.

In September 2008, she launched a weekly online upscale lifestyle newsletter, Goop, encouraging readers to 'nourish the inner aspect'. The website's title is derived from the initials of her first and last names. Each week, the newsletter focuses on an action: Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, and See. It has been ridiculed by a number of news outlets, including E-Online, The Independent, and the UK's Daily Mirror.

In February 2009, Paltrow received a Grammy nomination for her reading of the classic bear books of author Bill Martin, Jr.

In May 2005, she publicly announced that she had suffered from depression after the death of her father and the birth of her first child. She practices yoga daily, and follows a macrobiotic diet, although she told People in 2005 that, "I'm not as stringent as I was in the past. Now I'll have cheese once in a while or white flour, but I still believe in whole grains and no sugar."

In the May 2008 issue of Vogue, Paltrow revealed that she suffered from post-partum depression after giving birth to her second child, Moses. She stated that she felt "out of her body", "disconnected, "down" and "pessimistic”.

In a 2007 interview, Paltrow explained that she wasn't sure if she wanted more children. "My husband really wants to adopt," she told the interviewer, "So I don't know; I'm sort of open for anything."

Height : 5' 9½"
Sex : F
Nationality : American
Occupation : Actress
Father : Bruce Paltrow (d. 3-Oct-02)
Mother : Blythe Danner
Spouse : Chris Martin (Coldplay lead singer, since 5-Dec-03)
Relation : Brad Pitt (engaged, 1996-1997), Ben Affleck, Luke Wilson, Chris Heinz (2000-2001), Robert Sean Leonard (2001), Bryan Adams (2002), Prince Albert II (2002), Aaron Eckhart (actor, 2002), James Purefoy (actor, 2002), Walter Salles (2002), Scott Speedman
Claim Fame : As Tracy Mills in "Se7en" (1995)

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