Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 27, 1972)is an Academy Award-winning American actress and singer.Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Blythe Danner, an actress, and Bruce Paltrow, a late film and television director, writer, and producer. Paltrow's father was Jewish and her mother was raised a Quaker; Paltrow follows Judaism and proudly acknowledges her Jewish roots.Raised in Santa Monica, she attended Crossroads School before moving and attending Spence School, a private girls' school in New York City. Later she briefly studied art history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before discontinuing her degree and committing herself to acting. Paltrow has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, and is a cousin of actress Katherine Moennig. She is an "adopted daughter" of Talavera de la Reina,where she lived as an exchange student and learned Spanish.Paltrow was childhood friends with Saturday Night Live's Maya Rudolph and attended Brown Ledge Summer Camp, an all-girl's camp in Vermont.
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