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7 items from 2009

Paltrow's Emotional Thanksgiving

26 November 2009 11:06 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow has dedicated this year's Thanksgiving celebrations to her late father - because the holiday has fallen on what would have been his 66th birthday.

The Iron Man star was devastated when Bruce Paltrow passed away in 2002 following a battle with oral cancer, while he was in Rome, Italy celebrating his daughter's 30th birthday.

And the actress admits this year's holiday is particularly poignant for her and her family.

She writes in her newsletter, "I dedicate this Thanksgiving letter, on parental acceptance, to my father, who would have been 66 today. He was the greatest parent, friend, rabbi any girl could ever have asked for. Happy Birthday Bruce. And Happy Thanksgiving everybody." »

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Paltrow's parents 'wished for medical career'

26 July 2009 6:40 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Gwyneth Paltrow's parents have revealed that they originally wanted her to become a doctor. Paltrow's mother Blythe Danner has admitted that she and Bruce Paltrow never wanted their daughter to pursue acting because they thought that she would be better suited with a medical career, reports Contactmusic. Danner said: "She's so smart we wanted her to find a cure for AIDS or something. We were pretty firm about her finishing (more) »

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Gwyneth Paltrow Overcomes Her Worst Fear

11 February 2009 10:45 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Nearly overcome by a fear of dying last year when she fell ill with pneumonia, Gwyneth Paltrow said the setback reminded her of her reaction to her father's death in October 2003. The fear, she said Tuesday at Saks Fifth Avenue's 14th Annual "Unforgettable Evening" gala – where the Oscar winner was honored for her efforts to battle cancer through her late father Bruce Paltrow's fund – "sort of swept over me to the degree that I lost my sight for a second and I nearly collapsed." But then, "I thought of my children and what it would mean to my family, »

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Paltrow Plans Cookbook

5 February 2009 11:05 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow is to continue her healthy living campaign by publishing her own cookbook. The Iron Man star has signed a deal with publishing company Janklow & Nesbit to produce a collection of family-focused recipes emphasising the importance of togetherness at meal times.

Paltrow has dedicated the work to her late dad, titling the book My Father's Daughter.

And the 36-year-old admits the tribute comes because Bruce Paltrow, who died in 2002 following a battle with cancer, inspired her love of good cuisine.

She says, "My dad was a famous pancake maker and I'm working on (adapting his) recipe right now. I'm making mine slightly healthier."

Paltrow has already set up her own lifestyle newsletter and website,, on which she provides healthy living tips and cookery advice.

She also launched a TV series called Spain: On the Road Again, which documented her travels across the country with chef Mario Batali.

The book is scheduled for release in autumn 2010. »

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Gwyneth Paltrow Shakes Off Rocky Marriage Rumors

3 February 2009 5:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Praising her Coldplay rocker husband Chris Martin for his loyalty, Gwyneth Paltrow also says that her marriage is just fine, thank you. Speaking to the U.K. edition of Elle, Paltrow admits that she cannot listen to Coldplay's "Swallowed in the Sea" "without crying," because it helped her cope with the loss of her father, Bruce Paltrow, whose October 2002 death left her devastated and depressed. "It's so hard for me to listen to some of those songs," the Oscar winner says of "Swallowed" and "Fix You." As for Martin, "I'm amazed he stuck with me [at the time her dad died], because I was a wreck. »

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Paltrow Struggles To Beat Death Fears

3 February 2009 4:20 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow is overcome with fear every time she suffers a cold - because she is terrified she may have the illness that killed her father. The Shakespeare In Love star was left devastated following the death of her filmmaker father Bruce Paltrow in 2002 after suffering complications from throat cancer and pneumonia.

And she admits his passing has left her petrified history will repeat itself and she will contract a deadly illness.

She tells Britain's Elle magazine, "To this day I'm faced with it (her father's death) all the time. I've had pneumonia twice in the past year and that's ultimately what he died of. There's a real emotional link to that.

"I've been dealing a lot with my own fear of death. And every time I get a cold now... So this is my new challenge, letting go of the fear." »

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Paltrow Stunned By Martin's Loyalty

2 February 2009 11:20 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Gwyneth Paltrow is amazed her rocker husband Chris Martin stuck by her side while she grieved the death of her father - because she was an emotional "wreck" for months. The actress was devastated after her filmmaker father Bruce Paltrow passed away in 2002 from complications linked to throat cancer.

Her spouse, Coldplay frontman Martin, remained by her side as she struggled with the bereavement - and even dedicated songs from his band's 2005 album X&Y to her.

And Paltrow was deeply moved by her partner's loyalty throughout that difficult period.

She tells Britain's Elle magazine, "It's so hard for me to listen to some of those songs. I can't listen to Swallowed In The Sea without crying. I'm amazed he stuck with me, because I was a wreck. I can't believe that he did."

But the Shakespeare In Love star, who is rarely pictured with Martin, is adamant she will never put her marriage on display - even if it attracts speculation about the state of their relationship.

She adds: "It doesn't behove us to be a public couple. So it's just better if we don't. We will never walk down a red carpet together and if people think it means we're not together - ha, ha, ha - so be it!" »

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