Gwyneth Paltrow Through the Years

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow’s career has been anything but predictable. As the daughter of actress Blythe Danner and director Bruce Paltrow, Gwyneth quickly made an impression as young Hollywood royalty. Her career started off with a bang, gaining critical acclaim for her work in films like Seven, Emma, Sliding Doors and Shakespeare in Love, the last of which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1998.

Gwyneth continued to catch viewers’ eyes through her diverse career, taking her talents to television, fashion and business as well. She became the face of iconic brands like Coach, Estee Lauder fragrances and even founded her own wildly popular lifestyle outlet, Goop, in 2008. The wellness blog has weathered its fair share of controversial moments, including backlash for promoting vaginal steam, dangerous coffee enemas and most recently, encouraging readers to pursue their “leanest liveable weight.”

Through all her professional successes, Gwyneth has faced heartache in her personal life. After marrying Coldplay singer Chris Martin in December 2003 and welcoming their two children, Apple and Moses, the couple announced they would be separating in March 2014. Their statement became an instant meme, as the eccentric exes coined the term “conscious uncoupling.” Shortly after, Gwyneth found love again with now-husband, Brad Falchuk, whom she married in September 2018 after meeting on the set of Glee years earlier.

Scroll to look back at some of the Goop goddess’ biggest ups and downs — from consciously uncoupling to finding her happy ending.

Fresh Faced

The daughter of producer Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, Paltrow (here in 1990 at age 17), made a splash in the acting world with her first project Shout, released in 1991.

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Paltrow n’ Pitt

For six months in her 20s, the actress was engaged to her Seven costar, whom she met on set in 1995. “I’m so lucky that I spent time with Brad, somebody who was such a good person, especially when I was like such a mess,” she told 60 Minutes after cutting ties with her beau of 2 1/2 years.


Costars Turned Lovers

After meeting at the 1997 premiere of Ben Affleck’s Good Will Hunting, the pair dated on and off for three years. The couple costarred in two films — Shakespeare in Love and Bounce — before calling it quits in 2000.

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Shakespeare in Love

Paltrow reportedly stumbled upon the script for the 1998 blockbuster at former pal Winona Ryder’s home. Adding salt to the wound, Paltrow won an Oscar for her role as Viola De Lesseps, which she allegedly stole from her BFF.

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Blowing Up

For the 2001 comedy Shallow Hal, the skinny star donned a “profoundly uncomfortable” 25-pound fat suit and latex makeup. “I felt no sexual energy from men,” she has said about filming. “When I come to the set with the suit on and feel none of that, it is palpable.”


So in Love

Paltrow wed Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in a 2003 ceremony at a hotel in Southern California. The couple and their two children, Apple and Moses, split their time between homes in London and New York City.

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Say What?!

In 2006, she stirred controversy for telling a Portuguese paper that she liked “the English lifestyle” because “it’s not as capitalistic as America. People don’t talk about work and money… they talk about interesting things at dinner.” She later said she was misquoted.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

“She has evolved with so much wisdom and grace,” Paltrow (in 2007) once gushed of the Material Girl. Though the women have been BFFs since 1999, they had a temporary falling out in June before later reconciling.


Silver Screen Superhero

“Robert [Downey, Jr.] called me and he said…’Don’t you want to be in a movie that people see?’ And I was like, ‘Whoa! What would that feel like?’ And he’s right. Moviemaking is not supposed to be a masturbatory exercise; it’s supposed to be shared by other people,” she has said of the 2008 flick.



The actress — who once followed a macrobiotic diet — launched a weekly lifestyle newsletter, GOOP, in 2008. Paltrow’s words of culinary advice: “Invest in what’s real. Clean as you go. Drink while you cook. Make it fun. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It will be what it will be.”

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Country Strong — and Sassy!

“She’s gorgeous without any makeup on and she comes to set at 5 a.m. looking really hot which is really great,” her film costar Leighton Meester (at the Country Strong premiere in 2010) tells Us. “She’s super down-to-earth and makes dirty jokes. She’s just a cool chick.”


Singin’ in the Rain

Paltrow appeared in a much buzzed about appearance on the Fox series Glee in November 2010 as a substitute teacher who fills in for an ill Will Schuester. Seen performing a mashup of “Umbrella” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” Paltrow also performed a clean version of Cee-Lo Green’s “F–k You.”


Belt It Out

The actress made her live TV singing debut at the November 2010 Country Music Association awards show, performing the title track from her upcoming drama, Country Strong (she got a little help from country star Vince Gill, who was singing next to her).


Hollywood’s Most Hated?

Paltrow’s unrelatable quotes and pricey Goop products landed her on top of Star magazine’s Most Hated Celebrity list in 2013. “I was like, ‘I’m the most hated celebrity? More than, like, Chris Brown?’ What did I do?” Paltrow retorted a few years later during an appearance on BBC News’ Hardtalk with Stephen Sackur.


Consciously Uncoupling

After 11 years of marriage, Paltrow and Chris Martin announced their separation in a 2014 statement published to Goop. The pair vowed to continue to “consciously uncouple and co-parent” son Moses and daughter Apple. Their divorce was finalized in July 2016.

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Moving On

One month after announcing her separation from the Coldplay singer, Us Weekly broke the news that Paltrow had begun seeing Brad Falchuck, the co-creator of Glee. A source told Us at the time that “things started off professionally” when Paltrow guest-starred on the series, but eventually turned romantic.

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Super-Sized Wage Gap

After starring in three Iron Man films and The Avengers by 2015, Paltrow appeared fed up with the Marvel franchise’s “painful” alleged pay disparity. “Look, nobody is worth the money that Robert Downey Jr. is worth,” the Goop creator told Variety of her longtime costar. “But if I told you the disparity, you would probably be surprised.”

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#MeToo Moment

Amid ongoing investigations into a number of sexual assaults allegedly committed by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, Paltrow added her name to the list of accusers in October 2017. The actress remembered being “petrified” of Weinstein while filming the 1996 film Emma at age 22. In an interview with The New York Times, Paltrow praised then-boyfriend Brad Pitt for protecting her at the time. 

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They Put a Ring on It

Multiple sources confirmed to Us in November 2017 that the Oscar winner and Falchuk were engaged after more than three years of dating. “They both knew it would happen, but it wasn’t a big thing to them,” a source told Us at the time. Two months later, the engagement was announced on the cover of Goop.

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Consciously Coupling!

Paltrow and Falchuk exchanged vows during a small ceremony at her East Hampton, New York, home in September 2018. Guests included Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Downey Jr. and Cameron Diaz. After taking “a year to let everybody [in the family] take it in and let the dust settle,” the couple finally moved in together in August 2019.

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Slippery Slopes

The Country Strong actress was sued in January 2019 for allegedly injuring a doctor named Terry Sanderson after he said she crashed into him while skiing on a mountain in Deer Valley, Utah, in February 2016. Paltrow later filed a countersuit for a symbolic $1 in damages, claiming she was the real victim of the crash.

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Change of Heart

Paltrow returned to the Met Gala in May 2019, six years after her infamous takedown of the annual Vogue event. “I’m never going again. It was so un-fun,” she told USA Today in 2013 of fashion’s biggest night. “I did not enjoy it at all.”

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