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Since GWYNETH PALTROW'S remarkable performance in the critically acclaimed FLESH AND BONE opposite Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, Hollywood has taken a keen interest in the future of this talented actress. Her role as Viola de Lessups opposite Joseph Fiennes in Miramax's SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE garnered her a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Paltrow most recently starred opposite Aaron Eckhart in POSSESSION. This romance, directed by Neil LaBute, features the two actors as a pair of literary sleuths who unearth the amorous secret of two Victorian poets, only to find themselves falling under a passionate spell. Additionally, she was seen in a cameo appearance in the New Line comedy, AUSTIN POWERS 3.
She recently completed work in London, opposite Daniel Craig, on TED & SYLVIA, a film that tells the story of the relationship between Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. She will soon begin production on THE WORLD OF TOMORROW, co-starring Jude Law and Angelina Jolie.
Paltrow also enjoyed a run at London's Dunmar Theater in David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Proof. This performance as a harassed young woman struggling to care for her eccentric math genius father reunited Paltrow with her SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE director, John Madden. She received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance.
Paltrow's recent credits include the critically acclaimed Wes Anderson film, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS, in which she starred opposite Gene Hackman, Anjelica Huston and Ben Stiller. She also starred in the Peter and Bobby Farrelly-directed SHALLOW HAL, co-starring Jack Black and Jason Alexander. Additional credits include roles in Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming's THE ANNIVERSARY PARTY, opposite Cumming, Leigh, John C. Reilly, Kevin Kline and Parker Posey, as well as in DUETS, a film directed by her father Bruce Paltrow, and in Miramax Films' BOUNCE opposite Ben Affleck.
Paltrow has appeared in director Anthony Minghella's THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY opposite Matt Damon, Jude Law, and Cate Blanchett and in the hit film A PERFECT MURDER opposite Michael Douglas and Viggo Mortensen, as well as in the critically acclaimed and international box office hit film SLIDING DOORS. Her other film credits include EMMA directed by Doug McGrath, GREAT EXPECTATIONS opposite Ethan Hawke, THE PALLBEARER opposite David Schwimmer, SEVEN, MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO, JEFFERSON IN PARIS, MRS. PARKER AND THE VICIOUS CIRCLE, MALICE, HOOK and SHOUT.
She has also received rave reviews in a sell-out run at Williamstown, Massachusetts theater festival's production of As You Like It in the role of â€˜Rosalind'.
Born in Los Angeles where she spent the first eleven years of her life, Paltrow stems from a very close-knit family deeply entrenched in the entertainment industry. Her father, Bruce Paltrow was a highly successful producer ("St. Elsewhere", "The White Shadow") and her mother is the award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Paltrow and her younger brother Jake spent their early childhood in Los Angeles, where they 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 Spence School where she would later graduate. Paltrow briefly attended 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 his support in her pursuit of an acting career.
Paltrow currently resides in New York City.
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