Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow

Age: 44; September 27, 1972

With producer Bruce Paltrow and Tony winning actress Blythe Danner as your parents, it's no surprise Gwyneth Paltrow turned out to be such a star.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Paltrow's claim to fame began in 1995 when she started dating People's Sexiest Man Alive, Brad Pitt. The actor gushed over his girlfriend calling her "the love of my life, my angel" when he accepted the Golden Globe award for his role in 12 Monkeys. Despite a brief engagement in 1996, however, the couple broke up and never made it down the aisle.

As she focused more on her acting and movie roles, Paltrow began another high-profile relationship in 1997 with actor Ben Affleck. The couple remained an item for over a year before calling it quits.

In 1999, the spotlight landed on Paltrow's special role as Lady Viola in Shakespeare in Love. Her performance received rave reviews from critics and fans alike and even landed her an Oscar. Yes, she was officially an A-lister.

After starring in more high-profile movies including Emma, Shallow Hal and The Royal Tenenbaums, Gwyneth began dating Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. One year after meeting backstage at a 2002 New York City concert, the couple announced they were expecting their first child together. They would get married two days later in an intimate ceremony near Santa Barbara, Calif.

Fast forward to today and Paltrow's life has never been busier. Now the parent of two kids, Apple and Moses, the busy mom has added GOOP website proprietor, best-selling cookbook author and Iron Man series star to her resume.

As People's reigning Most Beautiful Person, Gwyneth has plenty of reasons to celebrate.

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