Gwyneth Paltrow was born to actress Blythe Danner and the late TV producer Bruce Paltrow on September 28, 1972, in Los Angeles, California. Besides acting in films and television shows, she is a singer, an author, and a businesswoman. She has won numerous awards and honors, including an Oscar, Primetime Emmy, and a Golden Globe Award.
Gwyneth Paltrow was raised in an affluent household and attended Crossroads School in Santa Monica, California, before attending the Spence School, an all-girls private school in Manhattan. She then went on to study art history at the University of California.
Her mother's profession and connections drew her to acting in the nineties, and she began bagging small movie roles and gave up her Art History degree to concentrate on acting. She formally kickstarted her acting career with High (1989), a TV film directed by her father. In 1990, Paltrow graced the stage for the first time as a professional performer.
Her first major breakthrough movie was the 1995 David Fincher’s mystery thriller Se7en (1995). She shared the screen with Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey, and Brad Pitt. This is where the actress fell for the male heartthrob Brad Pitt. A two-year romance culminated with a marriage proposal in 1997, but by then both had decided to part ways amicably.
Nevertheless, it was her performance as Emma Woodhouse in Emma (1996) that led her to be offered the role of Viola in Shakespeare in Love (1998), which won her the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
In the year 1998, Gwyneth Paltrow gained popularity for her work and incredible performance in the film titled A Perfect Murder. Her performance in the film Sliding Doors that same year was equally impressive.
During a Miramax dinner in October 1997, Paltrow met Ben Affleck, with whom she had previously worked on Shakespeare in Love (1998). The couple dated for a while before breaking up in January 1999, however, Paltrow persuaded Affleck to join her in Bounce (2000), and they were reunited later that year.
She later on married Coldplay's Chris Martin in December 2003. A daughter was born to them on May 14, 2004, named Apple Blythe Alison Martin. The couple welcomed their first boy on April 2006, whom they named Moses. But in March 2014, they announced that they had separated after almost a decade of marriage. In 2018, Paltrow married Hollywood producer Brad Falchuk.
She made her singing debut in the 2000 Duets, performing a cover of Smokey Robinson's 'Cruisin'. Moreover, she has appeared in a plethora of movies which include The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), Proof (2005), The Good Night (2007), Country Strong (2010), and Contagion (2011). Kids and teens recognize her through her role as Pepper Potts in the blockbuster Iron Man series, she went on to reprise the same role in other Marvel movies, the last one being Avengers: Endgame (2019).
She started her lifestyle and wellness brand 'Goop' in 2008. However, her questionable business practices attracted backlash as the brand often made outlandish claims to sell products. The brand made headlines in 2018 for settling a $145,000 lawsuit.