Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress best known for her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998) which brought widespread recognition; she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actress and as a member of the Outstanding Cast, among other awards and nominations.
She is the daughter of Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner. She dropped out of university to act. She began in theatre in 1990, and in film the following year.
Her early films include Se7en (1995), Emma (1996), in which she played the title role, and Sliding Doors (1998).
She followed with roles in such films as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) and Shallow Hal (2001). She starred in the film Duets (2000), produced and directed by her father, and sang on two singles from the film's soundtrack.
She received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama for Proof (2005). She appeared in Iron Man (2008) and in the Iron Man 2.
Paltrow dated Brad Pitt from 1995 until 1997, and married Chris Martin, lead singer of British rock band Coldplay, in 2003. They have two children, Apple and Moses.
In 2005 Paltrow became the face of Estée Lauder's Pleasures perfume. She is on the board of the charitable Robin Hood Foundation.
She appeared in the PBS docu-reality food and travel series Spain... on the Road Again, in 2008.