CINEMA: A TOUCH OF CLASS

AT 23, GWYNETH PALTROW EMERGES IN EMMA AS THE MOST ELEGANT ACTRESS OF HER GENERATION

In the summer of '74, tony-winning sylph Blythe Danner was playing Nina in The Seagull at the Williamstown Theatre in Massachusetts. One day, someone plopped Danner's daughter, who was not yet two, on the stage. "She didn't have anything on except her golden curls," Danner recalls in her famously delectable foggy-froggy voice. "She could barely talk, yet she knew the whole speech better than I did. She just started reciting"--and here Danner does a splendid imitation of a lisping infant declaiming Chekhov--"The men, the lions, the eagles, the part-widges.' That was the beginning. We should have known then, I guess."

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