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How Gwyneth Paltrow Saved A Life On 9/11

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You might call it fate or destiny or just sheer coincidence, but the choices Gwyneth Paltrow made on September 11, 2001 ended up saving the life of a woman she never knew.

Lara Lundstrom Clarke was on her way to work that morning at the Twin Towers as many New Yorkers were. She was rushing to catch her train into Midtown and in her haste, she jaywalked to the subway station. As she crossed 7th Avenue, a Mercedes SUV came barreling toward her and stopped only inches away from her. Startled, Lara stopped in her tracks and watched as the driver composed herself. Sure enough, it was Gwyn and after a moment, she waved Lara on to finishing crossing the street. But Lara had already missed her train. She never made it to the World Trade Center that morning and now she's alive to talk about it.

Gosh. How many stories have we all heard just like that in the last ten years? Sounds like Gwyn has a fan for life with Lara!

[Image via WENN.]

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33 comments to “How Gwyneth Paltrow Saved A Life On 9/11”

  1. 1

    That wasnt Gwen…. that was God!

  2. 2

    And it took 10 years for the story to come out? Bull.

  3. 3

    Reminds me of Gwyn's movie "Sliding Doors," which shows how missing a train could dramatically alter someone's life. (In the movie, it was Gwyn's character whose life was different either way.)

  4. 4

    Re: MissMollie27 – On any given day there are people who are sick, get delayed, go out for coffee - it is just random. If it was God that made that woman late, then why didn't God make everyone late? Why didn't your God make the terrorists miss their planes? If your God is responsible for saving that woman, then your God is also responsible for the deaths of those who were in the building.

  5. 5

    Re: MissMollie27 – Yes, Miss Molly.

  6. 6

    Re: rosebud99 – if that person wants to believe it was God, who are you to chastise them? opinions are like assholes, everybody has one and they all stink.

  7. 7

    How did she save her? I wouldn't give someone creds for *not* hitting someone with their car.

  8. 8

    @MissMollie27 , so this God you speak of chose to save this one person but not all the others who died. I'm an atheist and former Christian and this way of thinking that you're displaying is truly messed up.

  9. 9

    @ April 20, Using simple reason should not be seen as chastising. Everyone here is free to post their opinion.

  10. 10

    She didn't save her, she could easily have killed her by hitting her with her car. And it might not have even been her, this story is ridiculous.

  11. 11

    Yo peeps - not a publicity stunt! Check out the original article on TheMortonReport.com and know that it honestly was a story my really dear friend (who has helped me through an incredibly tough year) asked me for my help in sharing. I was honored she trusted me with the story, and grateful I could help her out. We all have moments of chance and people change our lives every day without even knowing it. Wouldn't you want to thank someone who made a difference, even if it was by chance?!? I know I would.

  12. 12

    I love stories like that!

  13. anndi says – reply to this


    sounds like a nice story but hard to believe, nyc trains show up every few minutes especially during morning rushhour, its doubtful she "missed her train"

  14. 14

    Re: April 20th – I fully respect someone's right to believe in God. But if they are going to make a statement giving God credit for a random act, then can I not question why their God did not save everyone else? Why is it wrong to ask the question?

  15. 15

    That is the STUPIDEST story I've ever heard.

  16. 16

    Is this a fucking jokE??!!! what is going on? someone please tell me, because i don't know and I'm scare…

  17. 17

    Oh wow, Gwen had to put soo much effort into that rescue. Come on Perez, she's just another person and just like her we are all subject to the mercy of God. God is great, those towers came down and there was a cross structure in the debris…that is a forewarning, yield to God's will cuz what comes next may not be so forgiving to all of us fortunate enough to play witness to 9/11.

  18. 18

    Re: rosebud99 – people have to die and all who died had to go the way they did. As horrific as that sounds, everything happens for a reason and some moments in our history as tragic and disgusting as they are…they have to happen. No explanations needed. Even those who believe 9/11 was an inside job, even the evil conspirators of the event…that too must come to pass. Chaos must ensue before God reclaims his world!

  19. 19

    Re: rosebud99 – It didn't sound like a question as much as it sounds like you are ridiculing them for believing in God. It was time for all those that tragically died that day, to meet their maker and it wasn't hers. You are absolutely correct in your statement, "If your God is responsible for saving that woman, then your God is also responsible for the deaths of those who were in the building." Re: lemonworld – see above.

  20. 20

    Re: rosebud99 – think of the thousands of lives saved that day…this is merely 1 story about 1 life but there are MANY!!!

  21. 21

    Re: rosebud99 – Everyone dies at some point, whether tragically or peacefully in the night, I'm not suggesting that God chose to save her over everyone else. It was just simply not her time to go. She will have her time one day as will you, and I, and everyone else. If I had all the answers though on why that awful day happened, I figure God would then be rendered useless. Unfortunately tradgedy is a part of life and will be since evil will always exist in it, fortunately, though life here is temporary and there is an eternity in heaven to look forward to. Luckily its not the other way around.

  22. 22

    No, no. No. Not with all the true heroes of 9/11: police, firefighters, first responders, citizens who put the last plane down into a field.

  23. 23

    Re: April 20th – Well I do apologize if I sounded like I was ridiculing her. That was not my intention. I respect everyone's right to their beliefs.
    Re: ccmyplaymate – I do not believe that 'everything happens for a reason'. I believe that events occur due to the actions of people combined with random occurrences. To believe that everything happens for a reason, is to believe in a higher power. I do not. I believe in personal responsibility and accountability - as I'm sure you do to - but without divine intervention.

  24. 24

    How pathetic that you talk about her "saving" someone…she didn't do shit except almost kill the person. Stop trivializing the true heroes of that day (which Gwen is most definitely not one)

  25. 25

    I find the whole idea of our simple actions affecting peoples lives/deaths in indirect and different ways really interesting. And scary. I wonder if I've ever unknowingly killed/saved somebody?

  26. 26

    Re: rosebud99 – I suppose that is the problem with typing, things are taken wrong. no biggie….glad we didn't get into screaming at eachother.

  27. 27

    Re: rosebud99 – and im kool with your way of seeing things, its totally valid as are my perspectives. Yes, you are right, I do believe in people taking responsibility for their actions but I also know that no man-made laws will ever bring the people responsible for 9/11 or any other horrible tragedies to the justice that they really deserve.

  28. 28

    You really think everything happens for a reason? 30,000 KIDS have dies in the last 90 days in Somalia - what is the reason there?

    I'm tired of Politicians using religion to sway the way they vote. I'm tired of terrorists using religion to justify terrorism. I'm just sick of religion. If we can take humans for what we really are loving, hateful, peaceful, cruel completely flawed creatures we'd be able to fix a lot of this worlds ills instead of waiting for someone to descend from the sky and save us - maybe we'd just save ourselves.

  29. 29

    Re: divabunny – yes, I do believe everything happens for a reason and all of human history must unfold as it will. That doesn't mean that I don't think we should do everything in our power to help others and enact LOVE in absolutely everything we do. As a researcher and activist, I do just that in my every day life…and I stand by my claims that no man made laws will truly bring evil doers to the justice they deserve. That doesn't mean people shouldn't still be persecuted for the things they do. However, as you've pointed out, we live in a world where hundreds of thousands of lives are lost, many are lost so we can enjoy the privileges we do here in North America and the Western world…so in many ways blood is on all of our hands. With the onset of globalization, we are responsible for the plight of other nations…where is the justice in that??? For me that justice comes from the divine.

  30. 30

    I don't get it….was the train just a few feet away from her? Otherwise, I don't see how just being held up for a few moments could cause her to miss it?

  31. 31

    Re: MissMollie27 – Please be quiet.
    Re: EmmyJay123 – I was thinking that too!

  32. 32

    Re: rosebud99 – YES ITS CALLED LIFE!


    Whay you want to live in a perfect world? Wit rainbows and such? Then do yourself a favor and jump from a bridge and save your time believeing in fairytales!!!!!!!

    There is something called ying and yang and it may be too profound for you!

    and keepo believeing in "terrorist attacks" ha! just likle a massive airplane could have made such small hole in the pentagon.

    fairytales!!!!!!!!!! and the justified war in Afghanistan for….. oil?
    Thanks to Bush yoru tank doesnt cost much!

  33. 33

    Re: Voivode – Wow that's really weird/interesting to think about