While Robert Downey Jr. is often given credit for being one of the main catalysts in launching the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Iron Man in 2008, Gwyneth Paltrow was right there beside him. Paltrow established Pepper Potts as one of the most important characters in the Iron Man franchise, and her onscreen chemistry with Downey Jr. helped give the film heart and mass appeal with general audiences.
In addition to Iron Man, Paltrow also appeared in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Iron Man 3. In Iron Man 3, Paltrow played her largest role yet in a Marvel Studios film with Pepper becoming a superhero in her own right.
Outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, some of Paltrow’s more notable movies include Shakespeare in Love, Proof, and Se7en. Paltrow is also known for her charitable endeavors, including being one of the producers behind the Stand Up To Cancer TV Special.
Gwyneth Paltrow was born on September 27, 1972 in Los Angeles, California. She turns 42 years old today.
Happy Birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow!