Actress-turned-Singer Gwyneth Paltrow unintentionally saved a woman’s life on 9/11. Lara Lundstrom Clarke was on her way to work when Paltrow’s Mercedes SUV interrupted her just long enough that she missed her train.
Clarke, 24-years-old at the time, was an account manager at Baseline Financial Services, which was located on Floor 77 of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center in New York. She did not live far from the singer, and was crossing 7th Avenue when Paltrow nearly hit her.
Clarke told The Morton Report: “It developed in to one of those classic who-goes-first situations. It got ridiculous. Then I made eye contact with the Mercedes driver. OMG it was Gwyneth Paltrow.”
Now running late to work, Clarke arrived at Ground Zero shortly after the first plane hit. Four of Lara’s co-workers died. She has since credited Paltrow with saving her life.
The encounter is similar to that of the 1998 movie ‘Sliding Doors.’ In the movie, Paltrow’s character finds her life going in two different directions, one based on if she catches her train and the other if she misses it.
Paltrow’s publicist has since stated she was “deeply moved” by the story.