Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow

Posted on January 15, 2015

From her birth in 1972 to Blythe Danner and Bruce Paltrow to her current incarnation as a superstar actress and lifestyle guru, Gwyneth Paltrow has seen and done a lot.

Sept. 28, 1972
Born as Gwyneth Kate Paltrow to Bruce Paltrow and Blythe Danner in Los Angeles.

1983
Family moves to Massachusetts.

Late 1980s
Attends Crossroads High School in Santa Monica, CA for one year.

1990
Graduates from prestigious girls’ school, The Spence School, in New York City.

1991
Drops out of University of California at Santa Barbara after one year and begins her quest to become an actress.

Oct. 4, 1991
Appears in her feature film debut in Shout, starring John Travolta.

Dec. 11, 1991
Appears in Steven Spielberg’s Hook alongside Robin Williams.

Oct. 1, 1993
Has a small role in Malice starring Nicole Kidman and Alec Baldwin.

Nov. 5, 1993
Appears in Flesh and Bone alongside Meg Ryan, James Caan and Dennis Quaid.

Dec. 1, 1994
Has a supporting role in Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle, a film about writer Dorothy Parker.

March 31, 1995
Appears in Jefferson in Paris with Nick Nolte.

Sept. 22, 1995
Plays Brad Pitt’s wife in Seven. The two begin a real-life romance.

1996
Calvin Klein signs her as its next model.

May 3, 1996
Appears opposite David Schwimmer in The Pallbearer.

Aug. 2, 1996
Her role as Emma Woodhouse in an adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma gets her noticed.

Feb. 28, 1997
Appears in Hard Eight directed by Paul Thomas Anderson.

Dec. 20, 1996
Becomes engaged to Brad Pitt.

June 17, 1997
Paltrow and Pitt announce their breakup.

1997
Says about her breakup with Brad Pitt: “When we split up, something changed permanently in me. My heart sort of broke that day, and it will never be the same.”

Jan. 1, 1998
Stars in A Perfect Murder.

Jan. 30, 1998
Stars in Great Expectations opposite Ethan Hawke.

March 6, 1998
Stars in Hush opposite Jessica Lange.

April 24, 1998
Stars in the film Sliding Doors.

Aug. 15, 1998
Gaives her boyfriend Ben Affleck a $50,000 watch for his birthday.

Oct. 1998
Is voted “Most Stuck-up” in Movieline’s 100 Most.

Dec. 1988
Plays Viola De Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love.

Feb. 12, 1999
Hosts Saturday Night Live during which she parodies Sharon Stone who is not amused.

March 21, 1999
Wins Academy Award for Best Actress for Shakespeare in Love. The film also wins Best Picture.

Dec. 25, 1999
Appears in The Talented Mr. Ripley opposite Jude Law and Matt Damon.

Jan. 1, 2000
Appears in Duets, directed by her father, Bruce Paltrow.

Nov. 17, 2000
Appears in Bounce opposite ex-boyfriend Ben Affleck.

Nov. 9, 2001
Portrays a fat woman in Shallow Hal, opposite Jack Black.

Dec. 14, 2001
Stars alongside Gene Hackman, Luke Wilson, Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller, and Anjelica Huston in The Royal Tenenbaums, directed by Wes Anderson.

July 26, 2002
Makes a cameo appearance in Austin Powers in Goldmember.

Aug. 15, 2002
Stars in Possession.

Oct. 2002
Meets Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin at one of his concerts.

March 21, 2003
Stars in the comedy View from the Top with Christina Applegate.

April 13, 2003
Is named an “adopted daughter” of the town of Talavera de la Reina, Toledo, Spain, during a special ceremony.

Oct. 17, 2003
Portrays poet Sylvia Plath in Sylvia.

Dec. 5, 2003
Paltrow marries Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin in a secret ceremony.

Sept. 17, 2004
Appears opposite Jude Law and Angelina Jolie in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.

May 14, 2004
Gives birth to first child with Chris Martin, Apple Blythe Alison Martin, after seventy hours of labor. She names her child Apple because apples are “whole, sweet and crisp.”

Oct. 2004
Rumor has it Paltrow’s new London home located in the Belsize Park area is cursed and whomever lives there has bad fortune.

May 2005
Signs deal to become Estée Lauder’s new face.

Oct. 2007
She signs on to do the PBS series Spain … On the Road Again, which showcases the food and culture of Spain.

May 2008
She stars in Iron Man alongside Robert Downey, Jr.

Sept. 2008
She launches her lifestyle newsletter, Goop.

May 2010
She stars in Iron Man 2 alongside Robert Downey, Jr., Don Cheadle, and Scarlett Johansson.

2011
She publishes two books: My Father’s Daughter: Delicious, Easy Recipes Celebrating Family and Togetherness and Notes from My Kitchen Table. Grand Central Life & Style.

2013
She publishes It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great.

May 2013
She stars in Iron Man 3 alongside Robert Downey, Jr. and Don Cheadle.

March 2014
She announces that she and Chris Martin have separated and describes it as a “conscious uncoupling,” a term for which she is ridiculed in the media.

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