In a story that seems directly ripped from Gwyneth Paltrow's Sliding Doors, it's been revealed that the Oscar-winning actress inadvertently saved a woman's life on September 11, 2001.
The Morton Report
quotes Lara Lundstrom Clarke as saying that on that fateful morning, she was running late for work and jaywalked across 7th Avenue to catch the subway. That's when Clarke and Paltrow's Mercedes SUV nearly collided.
"I stopped and they screeched to a halt," she tells the site. "Then it developed into 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."
"She waved me across, I crossed and she continued on her way. At least if I was late for work I had a story to tell." But that short encounter was long enough to cause Clarke to miss the subway. By the time another train came and she arrived at work, the first plane had already hit the World Trade Center. Four people in her office died that day. "If I had made that train I would have been at my desk on the 77th floor of 2 World Trade Center," says Clarke.
Paltrow backs up the woman's claim, with her publicist confirming the accuracy
to The Morton Report and adding that she is "deeply moved" by the story.