GWYNETH PALTROW (Estella) earned rave reviews for
her title role performance in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's
novel "Emma." She also stars in the upcoming features
"Sliding Doors" and "Hush," the latter opposite
Paltrow's other film credits include "Seven" opposite
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, "The Pallbearer," "Moonlight
and Valentino," Merchant and Ivory's "Jefferson in Paris"
and "Hard Eight," directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.
Born in Los Angeles, Paltrow stems from a close knit family deeply
entrenched in the entertainment industry. Her father, Bruce Paltrow,
is a highly successful producer ("St. Elsewhere," "The
White Shadow") and her mother is the awardwinning Blythe
Danner. Paltow and her younger brother Jake spent their early
childhood in Los Angeles where she attended St. Augustine by the
Sea (now known as Crossroads).
At the age of eleven, her family moved to New York and she enrolled
in the Spense School where she later graduated. Paltrow enrolled
in the University of California at Santa Barbara with the intention
of majoring in Art History. She quickly learned that college life
was not something she felt committed to and withdrew from school
despite her father's strong recommendation to remain. It wasn't
until he caught her moving performance in the Williamstown Theater
production of "Picnic," starring opposite her mother
and Tony Goldwyn did he lend support in her pursuit of an acting
Her first film role came in "Shout," which starred John
Travolta. She followed with the part of young 'Wendy' in Steven
Spielberg's "Hook," with Robin Williams and Julia Roberts.
In the feature "Flesh and Bone," directed by Steve Kloves,
Paltrow was cast as 'Ginnie', a smoothtalking grifter alongside
Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and James Caan. She also appeared in Harold
Becker's "Malice" with Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman
and in Alan Rudolph's "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle."
Paltrow also acted in the television miniseries "Cruel
Doubt," in which, ironically, Blythe Danner was cast to play
the part of her mother.
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