Hey, Summer Camp Fans!
You know at this point that there are a LOT of summer camp fans out there. That includes kids, teenagers, and even grown-ups. Lots of grown-ups today were once summer campers like yourself. Some of them went on to become famous people. There are musicians, athletes, actors and actresses, and all kinds of celebrities who were once summer campers!
Gwyneth Paltrow was a summer camper back when she was little. She went to Brown Ledge Camp in Vermont. On the banks of Lake Champlain a little ways away from Burlington, Brown Ledge Camp is a residential, overnight girls’ camp.
Though she was born in Los Angeles, California, she enrolled in a private school for girls in New York City. During her enrollment at Spence School, she had the opportunity to go to camp and it certainly was a positive influence that affected her throughout her life.
She spent some time in Spain as an exchange student around the age of 15. She learned to speak Spanish and stayed with the Lazaro-Ruiz family in a town near Toledo. She’s returned a number of times out of her love of the country and the people she knows there. Julia Ruiz is quoted in an article for the online journal, El Mundo, “She was very warm from the first day, and ever since, we have maintained a good relationship.”
She went on to attend the University of California where she studied in anthropology. Once acting took hold, however, she became fully vested in pursuing a career with it. She hit it hard when she was just 19 in a movie called ‘Hook’—the story of Peter Pan, all grown up. Since then, she’s been in dozens of blockbuster hits including all three ‘Iron Man’ movies.
After a role starring in a 2019-2020 series called The Politician, she's taken a break from acting and has dipped her toes in the arenas of audiobooks, food, and cosmetics.
As always, thanks for reading.