From Shakespeare in Love to Country Strong

Gwyneth Paltrow first burst into my life as Viola De Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love. I remember not being old enough to see it in theaters, because it was rated R. I was 15. Fortunately, my best friend’s mom took us. I was enchanted and instantly idolized the golden couple on the silver screen. I must have watched that movie a dozen more times by the age of 16. 


There was a period of time, I read nothing but Shakespearean plays. I played Hermia in A Midsummer’s Night Dream my junior year of high school. My girl friends and I would quote our favorite Shakespearean lines to each other.


[last lines] 
William Shakespeare: My story starts at sea… a perilous voyage to an unknown land… a shipwreck… the wild waters roar and heave… the brave vessel is dashed all to pieces, and all the helpless souls within her drowned… all save one… a lady… whose soul is greater than the ocean… and her spirit stronger than the sea’s embrace… not for her a watery end, but a new life beginning on a stranger shore. It will be a love story… for she will be my heroine for all time. And her name will be Viola. 



Over ten years later, in a completely different era, Gwyneth Paltrow inspires me again. She always looks stunning, but her voice is gorgeous too! I’m looking forward to December 22, 2010. 

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