Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in September 1972 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow. Paltrow grew up in Santa Monica and New York City, and spent a year living in Spain as an exchange student.

Paltrow began her professional career in the movie Hook, and went on to do movies like Sliding Doors, and the award-winning Shakespeare in Love. Paltrow dated actors Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck before marrying musician Chris Martin of the band Coldplay. She and Martin “uncoupled” in 2014. Paltrow and Martin have two children. Paltrow also has a lifestyle blog called Goop.