Director Douglas Mc Grath decided to bring in Paltrow to audition for the part of Emma Woodhouse, after a suggestion from his agent and after seeing her performance in Flesh and Bone.
The minute she started the read-through, the very first line, I thought, 'Everything is going to be fine; she's going to be brilliant.'" Variety proclaimed: "Gwyneth Paltrow shines brightly as Jane Austen's most endearing character, the disastrously self-assured matchmaker Emma Woodhouse.A fine cast, speedy pacing and playful direction make this a solid contender for the Austen sweepstakes." 1998 marked a turning point in Paltrow's career as she took on leading roles in five high-profile film releases in the year —Great Expectations, Sliding Doors, Hush, A Perfect Murder and Shakespeare in Love.Connecting technology marketers with technology buyers across Europe and beyond Keeping readers informed on latest technology news and insights, helping them make complex purchasing decisions.Combining content and data, we offer advertisers efficient ways to drive sales and brand awareness.The film made US.5 million domestically and was generally panned by critics.
In another thriller, A Perfect Murder, inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film, Dial M for Murder, Paltrow starred alongside Michael Douglas, playing Emily Taylor, who was based on Grace Kelly's character from the original film.
She has a younger brother, Jake Paltrow, who is a director and screenwriter.
Paltrow's father was Jewish, is Paltrow's cousin and close friend.
In the adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, with Ethan Hawke, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Chris Cooper, she played the unrequited and haughty childhood love of a New York City painter.
The British drama Sliding Doors saw her star as a woman whose life could take two central paths depending on whether or not she catches a train, causing different outcomes.
Entertainment Weekly commented, "Best of all is Gwyneth Paltrow, who, at long last, has a movie to star in that's as radiant as she is." The New York Times summed up her performance as Viola thus: "Gwyneth Paltrow, in her first great, fully realized starring performance, makes a heroine so breathtaking that she seems utterly plausible as the playwright's guiding light." In 1999, Paltrow co-starred alongside Jude Law, Matt Damon and Cate Blanchett in the psychological thriller The Talented Mr.