Friday, June 21, 2024

Gwyneth Paltrow Becomes First Oscar Winning Actress to Be a Guest Judge on “Shark Tank”


Well, that’s it.

Gwyneth Paltrow is joining “Shark Tank” as a guest shark..

Paltrow won an Oscar in 1999 for “Shakespeare in Love.” She never again returned to the Oscar stage. Her only other award as an actress is as a guest star on “Glee.”
Her lack of interest in her acting career is all the more puzzling considering her mother, Blythe Danner, is one of our great actresses. Her father, Bruce Paltrow, was a gifted writer, director, and producer.

But Gwyneth’s winning of an Oscar was not a watershed moment for a great career on the stage, screen, or TV. It turns out to have been the stepping stone to life as an annoying entrepreneur. Her GOOP brand has been much parodied, criticized and even sued. She’s been mocked for her ridiculously overpriced and silly products. She’s no doubt made a fortune.

And now, here she is, taking a seat with Mark Cuban and Barbara Corcoran and the bald guy and other guy and whoever. She’s going to sit there and nod her head while goofy participants present seat cushions that also trim toenails and tennis racquets that play music.

It seems about right. I’m sure she can relate. Among other things, Goop is currently offering a $314 fry pan. You can’t cook any of Goop’s wellness eggs in it, however.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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