Gwyneth Paltrow may have saved a life on 9/11. She says.

  • Blog Post by: James Lileks
  • September 6, 2011 - 9:07 AM



if you love Paltrow, this story will make you go oooooh and that’s so karmic or something. If you find her slightly insufferable, this won’t help.

Gwyneth Paltrow has received a letter from a woman who believes the actress may have inadvertently saved her life on the day of the attacks on New York nearly 10 years ago.

 "Basically, what happened was I had gone to a yoga class very early," the Hollywood star said in an interview in Venice to discuss her latest movie "Contagion."

 "I was on the way home and it was the morning of September 11 -- not that I knew at the time what that meant -- and a girl was jaywalking across the street and we kind of both stopped at the same time and waited a really long time," said Paltrow.

 She said she and the woman did "this stop-start thing" for a time and began to laugh before the woman finally went on her way.

Do you have any idea what she’s talking about? Can you visualize this? I can’t.

"Ten years later I got a letter from her saying that she had been late for work and we had that thing and she went down to the Christopher Street station to catch her train to go down to the World Trade Center where she worked on the 77th floor of the South Tower and the train was just pulling out.

 "So had we not had that interaction she feels like her life would've taken a much different course. She called it her 'Sliding Doors moment'," Paltrow added, referring to one of her movies in which the plot follows different paths based on whether or not she catches a subway train.

Wonder if that really happened.

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