Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, singer, author and businesswoman. She has won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her films have grossed $3.3 billion at the U.S. box office and an $8.8 billion worldwide. Take a look below for 30 more fun and fascinating facts about Gwyneth Paltrow.
1. Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and film producer-director Bruce Paltrow.
2. She has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, who is a director and screenwriter.
3. Paltrow’s father was Jewish, while her mother is from a Christian background.
4. She was raised celebrating “both Jewish and Christian holidays.”
5. Her brother had a traditional Bar Mitzvah when he turned 13.
6. Her father’s Ashkenazi Jewish family emigrated from Belarus and Poland, while her mother has Pennsylvania Dutch (German), Irish, and some English ancestry.
7. Paltrow’s paternal great-great-grandfather was a rabbi in Nowogród, Poland, and a descendant of the well known “Paltrowicz” family of rabbis from Kraków.
8. She is a half-cousin of actress Katherine Moennig, through her mother, and a second cousin of former U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, through her father.
9. Her uncle is opera singer and actor Harry Danner, whose daughter, actress Hillary Danner, is Paltrow’s cousin and close friend. Paltrow recalls their family gatherings: “Hillary and I always had this in common, and do to this day […] cooking for people we love, eating, hanging out as a family. It’s how we were raised. It’s what we do.”
10. Another cousin is Rebekah Paltrow Neumann, whose spouse is the Israeli-American billionaire Adam Neumann, founder of WeWork.
11. Her godfather is director Steven Spielberg.
12. Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, California, where she attended Crossroads School, before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls’ school in New York City.
13. Later, she briefly studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before dropping out to act.
14. She is an “adopted daughter” of Talavera de la Reina (Spain), where at 15, she spent a year as an exchange student and learned to speak Spanish.
15. She is also conversant in French.
16. Her acting debut was in High (1989), a TV film her father directed, and after spending several summers watching her mother perform at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, Paltrow made her professional stage debut there in 1990.
17. At the age of 24, Paltrow was engaged to actor Brad Pitt, whom she dated from 1994 to 1997. They called off the engagement, according to Paltrow, because she was not ready for marriage.
18. Paltrow had an on-and-off three-year relationship with actor Ben Affleck from 1997 to late 2000.
19. They first broke up in early 1999; soon afterward, Paltrow persuaded Affleck to star in the film Bounce with her. During the making of the film, the couple started dating again and eventually broke up in October 2000, after Affleck began a relationship with Jennifer Garner.
20. In October 2002, Paltrow met Chris Martin of the British band Coldplay backstage three weeks after the death of her father, Bruce Paltrow. They married in December, 2003, in a ceremony at a hotel in Southern California.
21. Paltrow was pregnant with Martin’s child at the time of their wedding.
22. Paltrow and Martin have two children together: a daughter named Apple, born in May 2004, and a son named Moses, born in April 2006.
23. Moses’ name was inspired by a song Chris Martin wrote for Paltrow. Simon Pegg and Martin’s bandmate Jonny Buckland are Apple’s godfathers.
24. Paltrow cut down on work after becoming a mother. She also suffered from postpartum depression after the 2006 birth of her son.
25. In March 2014, Paltrow announced that she and Martin had separated after ten years of marriage, describing the process as “conscious uncoupling.”
26. In 2014, Paltrow began dating producer Brad Falchuk, whom she met on the set of Glee in 2010. The couple went public with their relationship in April 2015.
27. They announced their engagement on January 8, 2018 and the following July, that they would have a “private and small” wedding. The marriage ceremony was held in September 2018 in The Hamptons on Long Island, New York. Falchuk had been married since 1994 to Suzanne Bukinik Falchuk, who filed for divorce in 2013.
28. In 2004, Paltrow practiced cupping therapy, attending a film premiere with bruises on her back.
29. In 2017, Paltrow said that during the filming of the 1996 movie Emma, producer Harvey Weinstein made unwarranted sexual advances toward her. She confided in her ex-fiancé Brad Pitt, who confronted Weinstein at an industry event. Weinstein later warned Paltrow not to tell anyone else.
30. In January 2019, retired optometrist Terry Sanderson sued Paltrow for $3.1 million, claiming that three years earlier she collided with him on a ski slope at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah, causing him permanent traumatic brain injury. Paltrow counter-sued Sanderson in February, claiming that he was the one who crashed into her. She sought a symbolic $1 in damages, as well as repayment of her legal fees.