Formerly known as that blonde girl who was once engaged to Brad Pitt, Gwyneth Paltrow has made a name for herself without the help of past beaus (Pitt and Ben Affleck) by maturing from Hollywood’s princess into one of today’s more classier actresses, willing to take a chance on smaller art films for the improvement of her career rather than her bank account. Born in 1973 to renowned director Bruce Paltrow and award-winning actress Blythe Danner, we would be lying if we told you she didn’t have an upper hand in the business at an early age. At eleven, Gwyneth’s family moved to the East Coast and she attended the Spence School in New York. After graduating in 1990, Gwyneth moved back out west and enrolled at the University of California before abruptly quitting a year later to pursue a film career. When Steven Spielberg, a family friend, offered Gwyneth the role of Wendy in his upcoming Peter Pan film, “Hook,” she gladly accepted the small role in what would be her first legit film appearance. After another bit role as Brad Pitt’s wife in the David Fincher thriller, “Se7en,” Gwyneth began to receive more attention from the media, though her intimate relationship to the “Sexiest Man Alive” is probably more to blame.
In 1996, Gwyneth became the official model for Calvin Klein, strutting her blonde, skinny image all over magazine ads and television commercials, but the struggling actress continued to build a respectable career with a number of Shakespearean and Elizabethan adaptations throughout the following years, most notably 1998’s “Shakespeare in Love,” for which she won an Academy Award and Golden Globe for Best Actress. While Gwyneth appears to be the nicest women you will ever meet, rumor mills have been spinning out gossip for years that fingers the actress as an “ice queen,” ranked at the top of the list by Movieline magazine as the most stuck-up actress in Hollywood. Regardless of the images that the media portrays, most critics and fans still can’t seem to get enough of the timid blonde and her memorable performances. If she isn’t one of the most stuck-up actresses in the business, she’s certainly one of the most courageous. After a successful streak of critically-acclaimed roles during the late 90’s, Gwyneth suddenly switched gears and began appearing in less appealing Hollywood vehicles like “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “Shallow Hal,” though she managed to shine like a star in those as well. Whether she’s portraying a hopelessly-in-love matchmaker, a chain-smoking artist or a suicidal poet, Gwyneth has been entertaining filmgoers for the past decade while maintaining a sexy, plain Jane appearance that will continue to mesmerize men for the following ten years.
Gwyneth Paltrow on the Web
Gwyneth Paltrow at Maxim
Has anyone on the planet aged as well as Gwyneth Paltrow? Her gallery at Maxim includes pics from her most recent roll as Pepper Potts.
A database of Gwyneth's film career.
TV Guide: Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide
While the less-than-average biography barely makes this a link worth visiting, the giant horde of movie stills and premiere photos certainly makes up for the lack of content.
One of the more original sites on the web, Bonkable Beauties' page on Gwyneth includes eighteen galleries of unadulterated bliss, contact info, box office stats, trivia, quotes and the completely random love test.
Visions of Gwyneth
A decent fan site that features a successful forum of news and rumors.
20 Hot Celebs
An average site with three accessible interviews, photo galleries and an in-depth biography.
A cool fan site that includes a trivia test and famous lines from the award-winning actress.
The closest thing to an official site, this page isn't very content heavy, but it does have a fantastic collection of photos and downloadable media.
Gwyenth Paltrow on the Screen
Gwyneth's incredible career has spanned a little over a decade and has included a daring array of films that range from Shakespearean and Elizabethan period pieces to gritty, murder mysteries to little art-house films. Since her hardly memorable debut in Steven Spielberg's "Hook," Gwyneth first became a star opposite Brad Pitt in the David Fincher thriller, "Se7en." After losing her head, literally, amongst such A-listers like Kevin Spacey and Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth quickly became the next "It" girl and was offered a myriad of roles, some which she wisely denied ("The Avengers") and others she could have improved on ("Titanic") Regardless of her script choices, Gwyneth landed into a pile of period pieces that thrust her into stardom including "Great Expectations," "Emma" and "Shakespeare in Love." After winning both prestigious screen awards for her performance in "Shakespeare," Gwyenth moved on to more mainstream films like "The Talented Mr. Ripley," but never shied away from less appealing roles like "Shallow Hal" and "View From the Top," both of which she had an emotional attachment too. Since then, Gwyneth has disappeared from Hollywood for the most part, taking time away for the birth of her first baby, but she has recently appeared in the successful, but quirky "Royal Tenenbaums," the lesser known independent film "Sylvia" about the suicidal poet and "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow."
The blonde beauty will jump back into the running for another Oscar in what is currently being coined as the "Untitled Marlene Dietrich Project" about the legendary actress, singer and anti-Nazi crusader of the same name. She will also appear in the dramedy "Running with Scissors" in late 2006.
On being beautiful:
"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."