Paltrow has it all: an Oscar, a rock star husband, and two cute kids; for everything else, check her blog.
The daughter of producer Bruce Paltrow and actress Blythe Danner, Gwynnie wasn't exactly waiting tables before she got her big break. Born in LA, she moved to Manhattan and had a handful of acting opportunities waiting for her, like when family friend Steven Spielberg's (whom she called "Uncle Morty") cast her in Hook. Within a few years she was scoring roles in movies like David Fincher's Se7en and Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight. As the '90s wore on, Paltrow carved out a niche as the eye candy of choice for middlebrow literary flicks, with star turns in Emma, Great Expectations, and a career-defining (and Oscar-winning role) as Viola de Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love. Although she followed up with Wes Anderson's The Royal Tenenbaums, she's spent most of the aughts in only a handful of films (Proof, Iron Man), but built her mockable treasure trove of a website/blog called "GOOP". 2010 saw Gwyneth's "comeback" in a guest starring role on Glee and as an alcoholic country singer in Country Strong, which has spurred rumors of a country album.
Before Angelina and Jen, Gwynnie was Brad Pitt's squeeze; the two had a very public three-year relationship and engagement in the '90s. She later dated Ben Affleck and Luke Wilson before marrying Coldplay frontman Chris Martin in 2003. She and Martin have arguably sparked the celebs-naming-their-kids-weird-shit trend with daughter Apple (born in 2004) and son Moses (born in 2006). [Image via Getty]