Gwyneth Paltrow was bornon 27th September 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA. The daughter of TV producer Bruce Paltrow and Tony-winning stage and screen actress Blythe Danner. Her arts-loving parents moved the family to New York City when she was 11 years old, resulting in Paltrow and her younger brother Jake being towed to downtown experimental theater productions and uptown operas.
Paltrow made her own professional stage debut there in 1990; the same year she graduated from the exclusive Spence School. From her Upper East Side townhouse, Paltrow headed back to California and a semester at the University of California in Santa Barbara before deciding that she really preferred to be down in her hometown pursuing an acting career.
In 1995 that the young actress stepped out from her look-a-like mother's considerable shadow. David Fincher cast Paltrow as the loving wife of a homicide detective in the hit thriller "Seven," which not only gave the actress her first high-profile role, but also introduced her to co-star Brad Pitt - at that time, the hottest actor - literally and figuratively -in the business.
She went back to what she did best, starring in the romantic drama "Two Lovers" (2009), playing the neighbor of a suicidal man (Joaquin Phoenix) who falls in love with her despite her romance with a married man (Elias Koteas). Paltrow's performance earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead. She next reprised Pepper Potts for the highly anticipated sequel, "Iron Man 2" (2010), which earned an astounding $130 million overseas prior to its American release.