->''"I'm an artist, and the need to get inside myself and be creative and be other people is a part of who I am. I don't imagine I'll abandon that completely."''

Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress, singer, and food writer. She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991. After appearing in several films throughout [[TheNineties the decade]], she gained early notice for her work in films such as ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' and ''Film/{{Emma}}'' (in which she played the [[ProtagonistTitle title role]]).

Following the films ''Film/SlidingDoors'' and ''Film/APerfectMurder'' , she garnered [[StarMakingRole worldwide recognition]] through her performance in ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'', for which she won an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward 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. 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 ''Series/{{Glee}}'' in the episode "The Substitute".

Paltrow has portrayed supporting, as well as, lead roles, in films such as ''Film/TheTalentedMrRipley'', ''Film/TheRoyalTenenbaums'', ''Film/ShallowHal'', and ''Theatre/{{Proof}}'', for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama. Since 2008 she has portrayed ComicBook/PepperPotts, the LoveInterest of Film/IronMan in the ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'', particularly the ''[[Film/IronMan Iron Man]]'' films and ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.

She has had two children, Apple and Moses, with Music/{{Coldplay}} lead vocalist Chris Martin, who she was married to since 2003 but separated (or, [[InsistentTerminology as she put it]], [[MemeticMutation "consciously uncoupled"]]) in early 2014. In recent years Paltrow has been concentrating on her "Goop" lifestyle brand rather than her acting career.

!!Tropes associated with her works include:
* BeautyInversion: Famously wore a fat suit for ''Film/ShallowHal'', and was notably drab in [[TheCameo her uncredited cameo]] in the pilot for ''Series/TheNewNormal'' ("Hi, I'm Abby - a lot of people say I look like Gwyneth Paltrow...").
* TheCastShowoff: She was able to show her singing skills in ''Film/{{Duets}}'', ''View from the Top'' (as part of a CrowdSong), ''Film/CountryStrong'' and ''Series/{{Glee}}''. [[invoked]]
* DawsonCasting: In ''{{Film/Hook}}'' she was eighteen playing a preteen Wendy in flashback. Of course she continued to play Wendy in flashbacks to when she's a young woman too. [[invoked]]
* EnforcedMethodActing: For ''Film/ShallowHal'' she wore the fatsuit to a bar and discovered that people refused to make eye contact with her, and treated her rudely. [[invoked]]
* FakeBrit: Many of her early roles were British characters. Her opening monologue in an episode of ''Saturday Night Live'' focused on her speaking in a British accent, causing her then-boyfriend Creator/BenAffleck to step out and remind her that she's not actually British. [[invoked]]
* ItRunsInTheFamily: Her late father Bruce Paltrow was a noted writer-producer, while her mother is Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner, who played Martha Jefferson in the movie version of ''[[Film/SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]''. (In fact, Blythe Danner was pregnant with her while filming an episode of ''Series/{{Columbo}}'' - and Paltrow was born a few days after the episode ["Etude In Black"] first aired.)
* MsFanservice: Indulges in being this often in her films. (Out of her, Creator/KimKardashian and Kate Upton, ''Paltrow'' was the one who did her ice bucket challenge wearing a bikini.)
* PrettyInMink: When she plays a rich woman, sometimes she'll wear a fur.
** Wore a leopard hat and coat in ''The Talented Mr. Ripley''.
** Wore a mink coat in ''The Royal Tenenbaums''.
** Wore a white rabbit jacket for the cover of the Oct 2002 UK ''Magazine/{{Vogue}}''.
* RealLifeRelative: The director of ''Film/{{Duets}}'' was her father. This film became their only on-screen collaboration. [[invoked]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Pepper's absence outside of the ''Film/IronMan'' films was due to Gwyneth only signing a three-picture deal, apparently extended by ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', and not wanting Pepper to appear only as a love interest in the ensemble films.
* StarMakingRole: She received critical acclaim in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' and ''Film/{{Emma}}'', but ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' solidified her A-List status. [[invoked]]
* StatuesqueStunner: She stands at 5'9", meaning that in ''Film/IronMan'' (where she played the GirlFriday and serves as that page's image), Creator/RobertDowneyJr needed a ScullyBox to avoid being towered over.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[invoked]]
** She was offered the role of Emma Peel in ''Film/{{The Avengers|1998}}'' in 1998. She turned it down, and it became a StarDerailingRole for Uma Thurman (until ''Film/KillBill''). Ironically, she later appeared in another film titled ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''.
** She was to play Ava Gardner in ''Film/TheAviator''. She dropped out at the last minute, and it went to Creator/KateBeckinsale.