Gwyneth Paltrow was born to acting, the daughter of producer Bruce Paltrow and Tony-award-winning stage actress Blythe Danner. With a delicate beauty and quiet dignity, Paltrow came to the attention of such Hollywood notables as Steven Spielberg early in her career. Seven years after her film debut in 1991, she received an Academy Award for her role in Shakespeare in Love. Earlier, the public knew her better for her much-publicized engagement to and break-up with Brad Pitt.

Superstar Julia Roberts says of Gwyneth: She has an incredibly interesting look that transcends time. She can look very today, she can look very ’60s. She’s got a face you want to look at for a very long time; you want to absorb it.

You’re a fool if you don’t take her seriously because she’ll smoke you, says one movie director.

Gwyneth Paltrow has achieved much: Oscar-winning actress, acclaimed stage actress, fashion cover girl, wife and mother. She succeeds at embracing her celebrity while maintaining her privacy. She remains all the more enigmatic and alluring to her fans as a result.

This entertaining biography explores the private world, the remarkable talent and the graceful public persona of this rising star.