American actress, singer, and food writer Gwyneth Paltrow sexy attends the 11th Annual God’s Love We Deliver ‘Golden Heart Awards’ in New York, 10/16/2017
Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (/ˈɡwɪnɪθ ˈpæltroʊ/; born September 27, 1972) is an American actress, singer, and food writer. Following early notice for her work in films such as Seven (1995), Emma (1996), Sliding Doors (1998) and A Perfect Murder (1998), Paltrow rose to worldwide recognition for her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), winning the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress.
Her other film credits include The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), and Proof (2005), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination. Since 2008, Paltrow has portrayed Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 for her five-episode role as Holly Holliday on the Fox television series Glee.
Paltrow has been the face of Estée Lauder’s Pleasures perfume since 2005. She is also the face of American fashion brand Coach, owner of a lifestyle company (Goop), and author of two cookbooks.
Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and film producer-director Bruce Paltrow. She has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, who is a director and screenwriter. Paltrow’s father was Jewish, while her mother is from a Christian background. She was raised celebrating “both Jewish and Christian holidays.” Her brother had a traditional Bar Mitzvah when he turned 13. Her father’s Ashkenazi Jewish family emigrated from Belarus and Poland, while her mother has Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and some English, ancestry. Paltrow’s paternal great-great-grandfather was a rabbi in Nowogród, Poland, and a descendant of the well known “Paltrowicz” family of rabbis from Kraków. Her half-cousin is actress Katherine Moennig (through her mother). She is a second cousin of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) (through her father). Her uncle is opera singer and actor Harry Danner, whose daughter, actress Hillary Danner, is Paltrow’s cousin and close friend. Paltrow recalls their family gatherings: “Hillary and I always had this in common, and do to this day […] cooking for people we love, eating, hanging out as a family. It’s how we were raised. It’s what we do.” Another cousin is Rebekah Paltrow Neumann, whose spouse is the Israeli-American billionaire Adam Neumann, founder of WeWork.
Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, where she attended Crossroads School, before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls’ school in New York City. Later, she briefly studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out to act. She is an “adopted daughter” of Talavera de la Reina (Spain), where at 15, she spent a year as an exchange student and learned to speak Spanish. She is also conversant in French.