Oscar Actors: Paltrow, Gwyneth

Career Summary:

Stage debut: NA

Broadway debut: NA

Occupational inheritance: Both parents actors

Social Class: Upper-middle

Education: College (partial)

Film debut: 1991 (age 19)

Oscar awards: 1 Best Actress

Age at first Oscar: 26

Other awards: Emmy, Grammy

Career span: 1991-present

Last film: NA

Death: NA

Gwyneth Paltrow has received numerous accolades for her work, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born on September 27, 1972 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and film producer-director Bruce Paltrow. She has a younger brother, Jake, who is a director and screenwriter. (Her godfather is director Steven Spielberg).

Paltrow’s father was Jewish, while her mother is from a Christian background. Her father’s Ashkenazi Jewish family emigrated from Belarus and Poland, while her mother has Pennsylvania Dutch (German), Irish, and some English ancestry.

Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, California, where she attended Crossroads School, before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls’ school in New York City.

Later, she briefly studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out to act. She is an “adopted daughter” of Talavera de la Reina (Spain), where at 15, she spent a year as an exchange student and learned to speak Spanish; she also speaks French.

Paltrow gained very early notice for her work in films such as Seven (1995), Emma (1996), Sliding Doors (1998), and A Perfect Murder (1998).

She wider critical acclaim for her performance as Viola de Lesseps in the historical romance film Shakespeare in Love (1998) which won her several awards, including the Best Actress Oscar.

This was followed by roles in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004). For Proof (2005) she earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture–Drama.

Grammy and Emmy

In 2009, Paltrow received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for the children’s audiobook Brown Bear and Friends.

She won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her guest role as Holly Holliday on the Fox musical comedy-drama television series Glee in 2011.

From 2008 to 2019, Paltrow portrayed Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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