Legendary Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress, singer, model and food writer. She is best known for her Oscar-winning performance in the 1998 film "Shakespeare in Love," but has maintained her profile at the highest levels over the years. After a brief lull in her career, Gwyneth has made a comeback of sorts recently. With all of her fame and success, Gwyneth is a controversial figure in some quarters, exhibiting quirky behavior, saying provocative things and enjoying a distinctive lifestyle.
Gwyneth was born in Los Angeles, California, daughter of famous actress Blythe Danner and the late film producer/director Bruce Paltrow. She is of Polish/Belarus/German/English ancestry and was raised observing both Christian and Jewish holidays.
After attending private girls' schools in Santa Monica and New York City, Gwyneth briefly attended UC Santa Barbara before choosing to pursue a film career.
Her first performance was in "High," a TV film directed by her father Bruce. She then did some stock theater in Williamstown, where her mother was performing.
The film "Shout" with John Travolta followed, then "Hook" under the direction of Steven Spielberg. The lead role in "Emma" (1996) brought Gwyneth a lot of attention, but much more was in store.
After a bunch of quality films, Gwyneth starred as William Shakespeare's fictional girlfriend in "Shakespeare in Love." Her performance was widely praised, and she won a bunch of awards. Her pink dress at the Oscars was a stunner that was widely copied.
Her Oscar opened up even more opportunities such as "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "The Royal Tennenbaums." Her career slowed down a bit, but then she won a coveted role in "Iron Man" as Pepper Potts and things improved again. A high-profile appearance on TV's "Glee" helped cement her return to the limelight.
Everybody agrees that Gwyneth Paltrow is a classic beauty. She won People magazine's "Most Beautiful Woman" title in April 2013, which is quite an honor for a mother of two.
Gwyneth married rock singer Chris Martin on December 5, 2003. They have two children: daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin (b. 2004) and son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 2006). Both children apparently were named in part for members of Gwyneth's and Chris' families. As her children have gotten older she has returned to working more than she had been. Gwyneth divorced Martin in July 2016, but their relationship is said to be "amicable."
Gwyneth also branched out during that time into modelling and became the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume as well as other fashion brands. Reportedly, Gwyneth earns $3 million per year endorsing Estée Lauder on television and in print advertisements.
One of the themes in Gwyneth's more recent film roles is playing supporting characters in big budget franchise films. She appears as Pepper Potts in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017), carrying over her same character from "Iron Man" (2008), "Iron Man 2" (2010), "Avengers Assemble" (2012) and "Iron Man 3" (2013). Gwyneth is giving a textbook demonstration on how a talented actress can hitch a ride on a lucrative franchise and ride it for years.
Gwyneth also played Polly Perkins in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" (2004), but that one did not set the world on fire and led to no sequels. Try, try again!
Along the way, Gwyneth has dipped her toe in the land of television, with a recurring role on "Glee" as Holly Holiday, a recurring role as Maya Ganesh on "Web Therapy" (2014) and an appearance as a fictionalized version of herself on "Nightcap" (2016). However, other than those fairly recent roles, Gwyneth has remarkably few television roles since her first years in the business.
You might think that becoming a superstar, Oscar-winning actress with global fame and endless fortune would be enough for one woman, but you would be wrong. Gwyneth runs a website, Goop, on which she "curates" the selling of various products and dispenses sometimes controversial alternative health advice. If there is one lesson to draw from Goop, it is this: avoid toxins. But, there's a whole lot more to it. Let's learn a little more.
Basically, Goop is a lifestyle site that works for you if you follow ... Gwyneth's kind of lifestyle. What is Gwyneth's lifestyle? Well, let's not speak for Goop, here is how Goop describes itself:
A modern lifestyle brand, offering cutting-edge wellness advice from doctors and experts, vetted travel recommendations, and a curated shop of clean beauty and timeless fashion.Currently recommended articles on the site include "A Guide to Spirit Animals," "Ask Jean: Does Clean, Non-Toxic Insect Spray Work?" and "How to Quick Pickle." I have to admit, I'm curious what quick-pickling is, and I'd love to know how an insect spray can be non-toxic to the insect.
Gwyneth began Goop as a newsletter in 2008, but it has mushroomed into a massive operation. In two complaints filed in California in August 2017, watchdog Truth in Advertising accused Goop of trying to "exploit women" using "deceptive advertising." It noted many claims for its products to cures and so forth that seem quite, well, optimistic. Goop, naturally, did not find these accusations particularly flattering, and replied in a statement that Truth in Advertising's claims were "unsubstantiated and unfounded." Gwyneth herself said in a podcast (Girlboss Radio with Sophia Amoruso):
We’re very clear on what we’re doing. We stand behind everything we do. But unfortunately, people who are critical of us sometimes get attention for being critical of us. It gives people a platform.This is a brewing issue that could turn into a big problem for Gwyneth, but as of this writing, it is still simply a potential problem. But let's go one step further with Goop.
|Gwyneth at her In Goop Health summit (John Salangsang in Elle).|
It is easy to brush Goop aside as the amusing hobby of a famous woman, a quirky little side business catering to Gwyneth's family and close friends. However, Goop appears to be picking up steam as a legitimate health and wellness site. In June 2017, the company held its first Goop summit, "In Goop Health," in Culver City, California. Gwyneth was there to oversee the Goopy proceedings. The audience was overwhelmingly female, with a few men scattered about. Some new words and phrases were uttered at the Summit, including:
- Earthing ("do nothing and do nothing so hard")
- Plant-based medicine (the delivery of healthy cannabinoids and terpenes via vape)
- Positive Entitlement (embracing what you want)
- Lectin Avoidance Diet (eating proteins that avoid inflammation, which is very bad)
The Rest of Gwyneth
In mid-2017, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin sold their Goop-worthy New York City penthouse for $10,727,000, well above its final asking price of $9,995,000.
Paltrow practices Transcendental Meditation.
Gwyneth has written or co-written several books with an emphasis on lifestyle:
- My Father's Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness
- Notes From the Kitchen Table
Gwyneth thus is probably the only actress from superhero films who also writes cookbooks.
I worked so much in my 20s and I really burnt the candle at both ends. I wasn't too picky about what I did and I was lucky that I did some really good films, but I also did some really rubbish films, I think part of the downside about being so successful and winning the Oscar at the age of 26 is that I sort of became insouciant about the things that I chose. I thought, "Oh, I'll just try this, it'll be fun or I'll do that for the money." Things like that now I would absolutely never do.
I love the English way, which is not as capitalistic as it is in America. People don't talk about work and money. They talk about interesting things at dinner parties. I like living here because I don't tap into the bad side of American psychology, which is "I'm not achieving enough, I'm not making enough, I'm not at the top of the pile!"
British people don't seem to ask each other out on dates. If someone asked you out they're really going out on a limb, whereas in America it happens all the time. Someone will come up to you and ask you for dinner and you'll say, "Sure!" It's no big deal and no weight should be attached to it. It's only dinner, for God's sake. Yet in Britain, mostly what happens seems to be that people meet at work. If there's a little something there, then they hang out together and, all of a sudden, they're boyfriend and girlfriend.
Whether it's Morgan Freeman [Se7en (1995)] at the beginning of my career or Johnny Depp in my last movie [Mortdecai (2015)], I feel on-my-knees gratitude for being considered a good enough actor to work with actors of that caliber. Johnny is a true genius and when he works he envisages everything. You know I read the script and I thought it was really funny. I have always wanted to work with Johnny and I'm so lucky they asked me as he is amazing. We had so much fun on set that it was hard not to laugh.
Women really need to examine why they're so vitriolic to other women.
I am who I am. I can't pretend to be somebody who makes $25,000 a year.
I'm very happy here [in London] and I really like the way the film industry works, everybody cares. I like that it doesn't have this big capitalistic feeling. When you do something in L.A., you really feel the crew are punching the clock.
Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.
|Gwyneth on Glee.|
Gwyneth won the Best Actress award for "Shakespeare in Love" (1998) and won the Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series Emmy for Glee (2009). She is one of only three actresses to combine the three awards, the other two being Emma Thompson and Kathy Bates.
Gwyneth says that she named her daughter Apple because apples are whole, sweet and crisp.
|Gwyneth looking sharp on Glee|
Gwyneth named her son "Moses" due to a song that Chris Martin wrote for her - not from the, well, biblical figure, at least directly.
Among many other distinctions, Gwyneth was the Maid of Honor at Madonna's wedding to Guy Ritchie. Around that time, Gwyneth told Style magazine:
She has evolved with so much wisdom and grace that I would say my favorite Madonna is today's Madonna. She's a beautiful product of all her explorations and incarnations.
I'd rather smoke crack than eat cheese from a tin.
I find Sex and the City (1998) irreverent and shocking. It's one step beyond how girls really talk. I would do a cameo on that show in a flash.
About her separation from Brad Pitt in 1997:
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.
The work gets more difficult as you get older. You learn more and you gather more experiences, there is deeper pain and higher highs.
The simpler things are, the happier they are.
Gwyneth does not employ a nanny, preferring to raise her children herself.
|A classic beauty|