Occupation: Actress, musician
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Gwyneth Paltrow used to be just a fine actress married to a pop star. Now she's becoming a pop star in her own right. In the film Country Strong, Paltrow played a fallen country-music star and performed her own tunes. At first, many were skeptical that her musical talents could be as strong as her acting abilities but she proved them wrong. Paltrow went on to perform at both the Grammys and the Oscars, and helped vault the film's sound track into the Top 5 on the country chart, leading Paltrow to a deal with Atlantic Records. To cap it all off, Paltrow was invited back to Glee this spring for two more guest appearances after she made a splash last fall as Holly Holiday, the sexy, slightly devious, singing, dancing substitute teacher.
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