GWYNETH PALTROW (Helen) is the daughter of successful television
producer Bruce Paltrow (St. Elsewhere, The White Shadow)
and award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Paltrow moved with her
family to New York at the age of 11. After graduating high school,
Paltrow enrolled at the University of California at Santa Barbara
with the intention of majoring in art history.
Against her father's recommendations, she withdrew from school
to pursue an acting career. It wasn't until her father caught
her in a Williamstown Theater Production of "Picnic,"
starring opposite her mother, that he lent his support to her
Paltrow made quick strides into the movies, landing a supporting
role, following her very first audition, opposite John Travolta
in the Universal feature Shout!. A chance meeting with
Steven Spielberg at a family function then lead to a role in his
motion picture Hook, in which she played the part of young
Following Hook, there was no looking back for this gifted
actress. She immediately landed a role in the miniseries "Cruel
Doubt," in which, ironically, Blythe Danner would later be
cast in the role of her mother.
Her next role was opposite Meg Ryan, Dennis Quaid and James Caan
in the critically acclaimed Flesh and Bone, which brought
Paltrow rave notices. This performance was followed by a stream
of roles in several films, including New Line's Seven,
opposite Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, Merchant-Ivory's Jefferson
in Paris opposite Nick Nolte, Gramercy's Moonlight and
Valentino opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner and Elizabeth
Perkins, and The Pallbearer with David Schwimmer and Barbara
Hershey for Miramax. Other film credits include Malice, Mrs.
Parker and the Vicious Circle and the title role in
the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, Emma. Most
recently, Paltrow was seen in a modern screen adaptation of Great
Expectations with Ethan Hawke.
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