Today – 27th September – is the 39th birthday of Gwyneth Kate Paltrow, daughter of film director Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner.
One of the earliest films I remember seeing Paltrow in is 1998’s Sliding Doors. Admittedly, I haven’t seen it for many years but I remember it being very good, with strong performances by Paltrow and John Hannah.
The film follows a very interesting premise: your whole life can change in a second. After missing her tube, we see Helen’s life split in two. In one version she catches the tube, meets a charming man called Gerry (Hannah) and comes home to find her boyfriend (John Lynch) in bed with somebody else. In the other, she ends up being mugged.
Other notable roles by Paltrow include Viola De Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love, Marge Sherwood in The Talented Mr. Ripley, Pepper Potts in Iron Man/Iron Man 2 and Tracy Mills in Se7en.
- What do you reckon – what is Paltrow’s best performance to date?