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“I am raising my right hand on the Bible”: Robert Downey Jr’s Co-Star Gwyneth Paltrow Betrayed Her Once Close Friend Winona Ryder to Win Oscar?

"I am raising my right hand on the Bible": Robert Downey Jr's Co-Star Gwyneth Paltrow Betrayed Her Once Close Friend Winona Ryder to Win Oscar?

Friendships don’t last forever. Remember that one friend you had in high school who never bothered to catch up with you as soon as school ended? That’s one good example. People drift apart, especially friends, and it’s even harder to maintain such a relationship when you’re a Hollywood star. Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow’s now-faded friendship is the case in point.

If you ever grew up in the 1990s, you’d understand that it was a once-in-a-century type of decade filled with some of the best works in art being released. However, it was also the decade when Winona Ryder and Gwyneth Paltrow were building the concept of what it means to be best friends, which, due to some backstabbing, didn’t last long.

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Winona Ryder

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Here’s Why Gwyneth Paltrow Turned Her Back On Friendship With Winona Ryder

The friendship between two big-time Hollywood stars- the Tumblr-idolized Winona Ryder and Iron Man star Gwyneth Paltrow was once the zenith of how good a friendship in the movie industry could get.

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Winona Ryder & Gwyneth Paltrow

From roommates trying to make it big in the industry to becoming stars, Ryder and Paltrow really loved each other as friends. However, the friendship didn’t last for long and one of the main culprits is related to an Oscar-winning role.

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According to reports, Paltrow had stolen a script from Ryder’s house while she visited the Stranger Things star’s house. The script was for Shakespeare in Love, which Paltrow, as reported, loved to no end. She would further end up asking her agent to set up an audition for the role of Viola de Lesseps in the said movie.

It was all worth it in the end for the Seven star, as Shakespeare in Love became a commercial success and not only that, it won a whopping 7 Oscars at 71st Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Actress for Paltrow.

However, she lost what could’ve been an amazing Hollywood friendship.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Denies Stealing From Winona Ryder

While it did end up becoming worth all the effort to get that script for Shakespeare in Love, Gwyneth Paltrow denies having stolen anything from her ex-best friend.

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Gwyneth Paltrow in Shakespeare in Love

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The allegations, or reports, were denied by the Shallow Hal star. During an interview with Howard Stern in 2015, the 50-year-old actor said-

“That’s an urban myth. I swear to god I did not, I’m raising my right hand on the bible. I swear to god.”

Even before this interview, Paltrow, in 2009 referred to a “frenemy” in her company’s newsletter, who everyone thought was Winona Ryder-

“Back in the day, I had a ‘frenemy’ who, as it turned out, was pretty hell-bent on taking me down. This person really did what they could to hurt me.. I was deeply upset, I was angry, I was all of those things you feel when you find out that someone you thought you liked was venomous and dangerous.”

What could’ve been. We might see these two finally patch up after all these sour years but that’s not probable since stealing an Oscar-winning script seems to be a pretty bad idea, especially if you’re friends with the person you stole it from!

Shakespeare in Love is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Source: The Things

Written by Sang Tonsing

Sang is a content writer for Fandomwire with over 300 published articles. He now has 3 years of experience and counting in content writing. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Political Science at Delhi University.