Gwyneth Paltrow saved a life on 9/11, and even if she’s only finding out about it ten years later, she’s embracing it like her precious Oscar. Lara Lundstrom Clarke recently decided to share her story from that day, which she calls her “own Sliding Doors moment.” Clarke explains that on the morning of September 11th, 2001, she was on her way to work at Baseline Financial Services, on the 77th floor of Tower 2. Rushing to the 1/9 train, she jaywalked across 7th Avenue to the Christopher Street station but stopped when a Mercedes came barreling towards her.
Both Clarke and the car stopped in their tracks, and as the driver waved her across she realized it was Paltrow behind the wheel. The near-collision caused Clarke to miss her train, and by the time she got to work, the first plane had hit the World Trade Center.
Four people in her office died that day. Paltrow’s publicist, Stephen Huvane, confirmed the story, saying “she too remembered the encounter between herself and Lara the morning of 9/11 and is ‘deeply moved’ by the story.”
We fully understand the intriguing aspect of this story, but can I say Paltrow saved me because I was in South Carolina watching one of her movies? Now, if the she had warded off a rabid pit bull with her bare fists, we wouldn’t question her actions. But by simply driving a luxury car down the street, we find it difficult to buy into the her life-saving story. Everyone has a story and each story is special, but nearly hitting a jaywalking pedestrian does not a “life saver” make.
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