GWYNETH PALTROW is two Helens on a collision course with
fate in "Sliding Doors" one, a woman struggling
to endure a lukewarm, adulterous boyfriend and a careeronhold;
the other a liberated spirit pursuing a bold and adventurous new
life of achievement and unexpected romance.
Ever since Paltrow's remarkable performance in the critically
acclaimed "Flesh and Bone,"also a Mirage Production,
opposite Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Hollywood has taken a keen
interest in the future of this talented actress. Paltrow was last
seen in the acclaimed title role of "Emma" based on
Jane Austen's novel and directed by Doug McGrath and will next
appear in two anticipated 1998 features: "Hush" opposite
Jessica Lange, and in Alfonso Cuaron's "Great Expectations"
with Ethan Hawke and Robert DeNiro.
Born in Los Angeles where she spent the first eleven years of
her life, Gwyneth stems from a very 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 actress
Blythe Danner. Her film credits include: "The Pallbearer"
with David Schwimmer and Barbara Hershey; "Seven" opposite
Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman; "Moonlight and Valentino"
opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner and Elizabeth Perkins;
Merchant Ivory's "Jefferson in Paris" opposite Nick
Nolte; "Malice," "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle"
and "Hard Eight."
Gwyneth and her younger brother Jake spent their early childhood
in Los Angeles. When she was eleven, her family moved to New York
and she enrolled at the Spence School where she would later graduate.
She enrolled in the University of California at Santa Barbara
with the intention of majoring in Art History, but quickly realized
that she did not feel committed and withdrew from school despite
her father's strong opposition. It wasn't until he caught her
moving performance in the Williamstown Theatre production of "Picnic,"
starring opposite her mother and Tony Goldwyn, that he lent his
support in her pursuit of her acting career.
Gwyneth's first film audition resulted in an offer of a supporting
role in the feature film "Shout" with John Travolta.
A chance meeting with Steven Spielberg led the director to ask
her to play 'Young Wendy' in "Hook." Soon after this
she accepted a role in the miniseries "Cruel Doubt"
in which, ironically, Blythe Danner would later be cast as her
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