I first remember noticing Gwyneth Paltrow in the 1995 movie "Seven" (where she played the wife of her future real-life
fiance, Brad Pitt), but she didn't make much of an impression on me then. By the time of "Shakespeare in Love", though,
she was one of my favorite actresses.
The daughter of actress Blythe Danner, Paltrow studied anthropology at the University of California before
leaving school to pursue an acting career. Her early work included 1991's "Hook"; 1992's made-for-TV
"Cruel Doubt", in which her real-life mother played her on-screen mother; 1993's "Flesh and Bone" and "Malice"; and 1994's
"Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle". After "Seven", she was in 1996's "Emma" (where she demonstrated an adept English
accent) and "Hard Eight" (which had the same writer/director and much of the same cast as 1997's "Boogie Nights"). 1998
saw Paltrow in five different films, some forgettable, some not; "Sliding Doors" was a success, and "Shakespeare in Love"
won Paltrow the Academy Award for Best Actress. Subsequent films include "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999); "Bounce"
(2000, with Ben Affleck); "The Royal Tenenbaums", "The Anniversary Party", and the Farrelly brothers' "Shallow Hal" (2001);
and the Sylvia Plath biopic "Sylvia" (2003), in which Blythe Danner again played Paltrow's on-screen mom.