'''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/TheAvengers''.

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 as she put it, [[MemeticMutation "consciously uncoupled"]]) in early 2014.

* BeautyInversion: Famously wore a fat suit for ''Film/ShallowHal''.
* 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}}''.
* ChildhoodFriends[=/=]HeterosexualLifePartners: She and Creator/MayaRudolph have been friends since they were seven ([[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant No]] {{Pun}} [[Film/{{Se7en}} intended]]).
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: For example, believes water has feelings.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: On camera, anyway. Her persona is famously polarizing.
* FakeBrit: She often plays British characters.
* {{Fanservice}}: Indulges in this surprisingly often. (Out of her, Creator/KimKardashian and Kate Upton, ''Paltrow'' was the one who did her ice bucket challenge wearing a bikini.)
* GenkiGirl: Her earlier roles tend to be this.
* 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 ''[[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.)
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: As of late, she seems to speak in nothing but these, as "conscious uncoupling" can attest to.
* OnAgainOffAgainGirlfriend: To Creator/BenAffleck from 1997 to late 2000.
* RealLifeRelative: The director of ''Film/{{Duets}}'' was her father. This film became their only on-screen collaboration.
* TheRival: To Martha Stewart, now that they both have very successful lifestyle businesses.
** The media's extended the competition with Creator/JessicaAlba, Creator/BlakeLively and Creator/ReeseWitherspoon. [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3112396/Gwyneth-Paltrow-thinks-s-misogynistic-compare-Jessica-Alba-Reese-Witherspoon-Blake-Lively.html She isn't happy about it.]]
* SpiritedYoungLady: She plays her FakeBrit characters ''very'' energetically.
* StarMakingRole: As written above, she received critical acclaim in ''Film/{{Se7en}}'' and ''Film/{{Emma}}'', but ''Film/ShakespeareInLove'' solidified her A-List status.
* StatuesqueStunner: She stands 5'9.
** ScullyBox: Given Creator/RobertDowneyJr is slightly shorter (even with [[http://images.starpulse.com/pictures/2010/04/28/previews/Gwyneth%20Paltrow%20and%20Robert%20Downey%20Jr.-DGG-024893.jpg both wearing heels]]!), Pepper Potts is never shown in a way she could tower over Tony Stark.
* UpperClassTwit: Is just as well known for her many [[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords quotes]] as well as her advice for mothers being "buy expensive clothes."
* WorldsMostBeautifulWoman: So said People Magazine a couple years back, to much backlash and Gwyneth's own bemusement.