Normally, trusting New York City’s leading tabloid to convey anything approximating hard news would be a dicey venture. In fact, as many residents of the Big Apple would tell you, the preferred way to scan The New York Post is to read it over someone else’s shoulder on the subway, without actually having to purchase what many consider little more than a glorified gossip rag.
But when it comes to in-depth coverage of the rich and famous, the newspaper’s unsurpassed. Thus, its account of a celebrity “encounter” in The Hamptons this week can be considered accurate, if likely somewhat sensationalized. Here’s the scenario, as the newspaper reported in Tuesday’s online edition:
“Gwyneth Paltrow was a huge draw at East Hampton Library’s Authors Night—but also drew the ire of her fellow writers, who took their revenge with pungent meat products.”
As the story noted, Paltrow attended the event with her rock star husband Chris Martin, a member of the British band Coldplay, along with her two children Moses and Apple.
A little background here. As even most casual moviegoers know, Paltrow is a well-established actress (and wanna-be singer) who garnered critical acclaim for her performance in the 1998 film “Shakespeare in Love,” for which she won a Best Actress Oscar. Her major starring roles occurred in other Brit-inspired projects, such as “Great Expectations” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.”
For the last 10 years, however, her acting career has languished a bit, with only her appearances as a secondary character in the blockbuster “Iron Man” series and in “The Avengers” keeping her from falling off the Hollywood radar.
Nevertheless, Paltrow has a huge following of fans who love her winsome looks and stick-figure fashions, although for me—no reflection on her acting talent—the defining achievement of her career occurred in 2006, when she was named the celebrity spokesperson for the Korean fashion brand Bean Pole International.
Despite being a self-proclaimed vegetarian—she’s the ideal demographic: young, white and female—Paltrow is better known for her whacky dietary recommendations and a, shall we say, “quirky” take on life.
For example: Asked about her daughter Apple’s unusual name, she reportedly told Oprah that, “It sounded so sweet and it conjured such a lovely picture for me—you know, apples are so sweet, and they’re wholesome and it’s biblical.”