Gwyneth was born in Los Angeles in 1972 to actress Blythe Danner and television producer-director Bruce Paltrow. The little girl was apparently destined for a career in Hollywood -- as was her little brother, director Jake Paltrow, three years her junior. Gwyneth spent her formative years watching her mother perform onstage in Massachusetts, where the Paltrow family relocated to focus on Bruce's and Blythe's theater careers after they each built up impressive résumés in television. In July 1974, a 2-year-old Gwyneth stunned her actress mom, who was playing Nina in "The Seagull" at the Williamstown Theatre in Massachusetts, by reciting her lines for the role. "She could barely talk, yet she knew the whole speech better than I did," Blythe later told Time magazine. "That was the beginning. We should have known then, I guess."