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GWYNETH PALTROW's first leading role was as the eponymous heroine in the film adaptation of Jane Austen's novel, "Emma," directed by Doug McGrath. In 1998, she played the leading role of Helen in Miramax's romantic comedy "Sliding Doors," opposite John Hannah. She also starred in remake of the classic tale "Great Expectations" with Ethan Hawke, Robert DeNiro and Anne Bancroft and in Paul Anderson's "Hard Eight." Her most recent roles include "A Perfect Murder" in which she starred opposite Michael Douglas.

Her additional film credits include "The Pallbearer" with David Schwimmer for Miramax, the controversial "Seven" opposite Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, "Moonlight and Valentino" opposite Whoopi Goldberg, Kathleen Turner and Elizabeth Perkins, "Jefferson in Paris" opposite Nick Nolte, "Malice" and "Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle."

Gwyneth Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, daughter of the movie producer Bruce Paltrow and the award-winning actress Blythe Danner. They moved to New York when she was 11 and later she enrolled in college to study Art History. But she soon decided to pursue her passion for acting. Her first film audition resulted in an offer for 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, she accepted a role in the mini series "Cruel Doubt."

She was contemplating accepting a role in the Broadway production of "Sisters Rosensweig" when asked to audition for Paramount's feature "Flesh and Bone" which already boasted an all-star cast. Gwyneth was in rehearsals at the time for "The Sweet By and By" at Williamstown and she flew to Los Angeles for a screen test and was offered the role of Ginnie opposite James Caan. This film brought her rave reviews and to the attention of Hollywood.

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