Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress and businesswoman. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award. Paltrow gained notice for her early work in films such as Seven, Emma, Sliding Doors, and A Perfect Murder. She garnered wider acclaim for her performance as Viola de Lesseps in the romantic historical fiction film Shakespeare in Love which won her several awards, including the Academy Award for Best Actress. This performance was followed by roles in The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. After becoming a mother in 2004, Paltrow significantly reduced her film workload. She made occasional appearances in films, such as Proof, for which she earned a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama.