Paltrow Saved a Life on 9/11
By almost mowing down jaywalker, making her late for work
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2011 12:29 PM CDT
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party at the Sunset Tower in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011.   (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)

(Newser) – Gwyneth Paltrow: actress, singer, chef, gangsta rapper, and ... unlikely 9/11 hero? For one woman, yes. On the Morton Report, Lara Lundstrom Clarke recounts her chance encounter with the actress on the morning of September 11, 2001. Lundstrom Clarke was jaywalking across 7th street to catch her train when a Mercedes SUV nearly ran her down. After it "screeched to a halt," Lundstrom Clarke looked in and noticed the driver: Paltrow, who lived down the street.

Lundstrom Clarke made it to the subway station unscathed, but her near-death experience had caused her to miss her train. "At that time I was annoyed at everything that had made me late that day, including Gwyneth Paltrow," she says. Of course, that changed as she exited the subway to see the first plane hit the World Trade Center, where she worked on the 77th floor. She has since written a letter of thanks to Paltrow—who, through her publicist, confirms the story to People. (She is "deeply moved" by the tale, her rep notes.)

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Aug 18, 2011 3:22 PM CDT
I can't seem to find the exact words for what this article makes me feel, but overdone, overstated, exaggerated importance and oh please comes to mind. Right behind that - Barf. If making or missing the subway was determined by the time almost being hit crossing the street (at the wrong place), then Lara you were already late my dear or too close at the very best. If almost hitting someone makes you a hero, then what does hitting or not hitting someone make you?
Aug 18, 2011 2:31 PM CDT
Not just Gwyneth -- I think ALL of the self-absorbed Hollywood stars should get medals for being so damn heroic.
Aug 18, 2011 2:28 PM CDT
Goshdammit, now it's true---She's way too annoyingly perfect!