1. Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born on September 27 1972.
2. She is an American actress, singer, and food writer.
3. She gained early notice for her work in films such as the thriller Seven (1995), opposite Brad Pitt and the period drama Emma (1996), opposite Jeremy Northam.
4. Following starring roles in the romantic comedy-drama Sliding Doors (1998) and the thriller A Perfect Murder (1998), Paltrow garnered worldwide recognition through her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she won an 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.
5. Paltrow has portrayed supporting, as well as lead roles, in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), and Proof (2005), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in Motion Picture – Drama.
6. Since 2008, she has portrayed Pepper Potts, the love interest of Iron Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), and Captain America: Civil War (2016).
7. She also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 for her role as Holly Holliday on the Fox hit TV show Glee in the episode “The Substitute”.
8. Following high-profile relationships with Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck, Paltrow married Chris Martin, the lead vocalist of Coldplay, in 2003; they have two children.
9. They announced their separation in March 2014 and divorced the next year.
10. Paltrow has been the face of Estée Lauder’s Pleasures perfume since 2005.
11. She is also the face of American fashion brand Coach, owner of a lifestyle company, and author of two cookbooks.
12. Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and film producer/director Bruce Paltrow.
13. Her father was Jewish and her mother is from a Christian background, and Paltrow was raised with “both Jewish and Christian holidays” (her brother had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony).
14. Her father’s Ashkenazi family immigrated from Belarus and Poland, while her mother has Pennsylvania Dutch (German), and some white Barbadian (English), ancestry.
15. Paltrow’s paternal great-great-grandfather, whose surname was “Paltrowicz,” was a rabbi in Nowogród, Poland.
16. Paltrow has a younger brother, director and screenwriter Jake Paltrow, and is a half-cousin of actress Katherine Moennig (through her mother), and a second cousin of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (AZ-08) (through her father).
17. Her uncle is opera singer and actor Harry Danner.
18. Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, where she attended Crossroads School before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls’ school in New York City.
19. 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.
20. Paltrow is a Save the Children artist ambassador, raising awareness about World Pneumonia Day.
21. She is on the board of the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization that works to alleviate poverty in New York City.
22. In February 2009, Paltrow received a Grammy nomination for her reading of the classic bear books of author Bill Martin, Jr.
23. Paltrow had her singing debut in the 2000 film Duets, in which she performed a cover version of Smokey Robinson’s “Cruisin'”. The song was released as a single. The song went to number one in Australia, while Paltrow’s rendition of the Kim Carnes classic “Bette Davis Eyes” reached number three.
24. In the 2006 film Infamous, she sang “What Is This Thing Called Love”. On September 27, 2006, Paltrow sang with rapper Jay-Z during his concert at Royal Albert Hall. She sang the chorus for “Song Cry”, from the rapper’s album Blueprint.
25. In an interview, she said she would be at the concert but not that she would perform. She was quoted as saying “I’m a Jay-Z fan. He’s my best friend.”
26. In May 2005, Paltrow became the face of Estée Lauder’s Pleasures perfume. She appeared in Chicago on August 17, 2007, to sign bottles of the perfume, and on July 8, 2008, she promoted Lauder’s Sensuous perfume in New York with the company’s three other models. Estée Lauder donates a minimum of $500,000 of sales of items from the ‘Pleasures Gwyneth Paltrow’ collection to breast cancer research.
27. In 2006, she became the face for Bean Pole International, a Korean fashion brand.
28. In April 2009, Paltrow narrated Brown Bear & Friends, the first of several children’s audiobooks that she would narrate by Bill Martin. The Brown Bear & Friends audiobook received a Grammy nomination in 2009 for Best Spoken Word Album for Children. Since, she has also narrated Bill Martin’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?, and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear?
29. In October 2014, she hosted a Democratic fundraiser attended by President Barack Obama at her private residence in Los Angeles.
30. In 2014 Paltrow partnered with Blo Blow Bar, teaming up with the brand’s creative branch.
31. In October 2007 Paltrow signed for the PBS television series Spain… on the Road Again, which showcases the food and culture of Spain.
32. In September 2008 she launched the weekly lifestyle newsletter Goop, encouraging readers to ‘nourish the inner aspect’. The website’s title is derived from her initials. Each week, the newsletter focuses on an action: Make, Go, Get, Do, Be, and See.
33. At the age of 24, Paltrow was engaged to actor Brad Pitt, whom she dated from 1994 to 1997. The engagement was called off, according to Paltrow, because she was not ready for marriage, and she later felt responsible for hurting Pitt since she was “such a mess” during that time in her life. Paltrow has since said that, as this was her first high-profile relationship with another celebrity, it taught her the need for public discretion about her romantic life; she told Biography magazine, “I said things about being in a relationship [with Brad Pitt] that felt wrong to me even as I was saying them.”
34. Paltrow had an on-off three-year relationship with actor Ben Affleck from 1997 to late 2000. They first broke up in early 1999 but, soon after their breakup, Paltrow managed to persuade Affleck to star in the film Bounce with her; during the making of the film, which was shot in mid-1999, the couple started dating again and eventually broke up in October 2000.
35. In August 2014, Paltrow started dating Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk.
36. In October 2002, Paltrow met Chris Martin of the British rock group Coldplay backstage three weeks after the death of her father, Bruce Paltrow. They married on December 5, 2003, in a ceremony at a hotel in Southern California. Paltrow and Martin have two children together: daughter Apple Blythe Alison Martin (b. 2004) and son Moses Bruce Anthony Martin (b. 2006).
37. Paltrow explained Apple’s unusual first name on Oprah, saying: “It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me – you know, apples are so sweet and they’re wholesome and it’s biblical – and I just thought it sounded so lovely and … clean! And I just thought, ‘Perfect!’.”
38. She explained her son’s first name came from the song, “Moses”, that her husband wrote for her before their wedding.
39. Paltrow’s father came from a long line of influential Eastern European rabbis, and that inspired Paltrow to raise her daughter and son in a Jewish environment.
40. Paltrow has stated, “if you could see how much food I make – I am the original Jewish mother”. Paltrow cut down on work after becoming a mother. She also suffered from postpartum depression after the 2006 birth of her son.
41. In March 2014, Paltrow announced that she and Martin had separated after ten years of marriage, describing the process as “conscious uncoupling”. In April 2015, Paltrow filed for divorce from Chris Martin.
42. In August 2014, Paltrow started dating Glee co-creator Brad Falchuk.