As we near the ten-year anniversary of September 11, we are getting the opportunity to hear some fascinating (and often moving) stories of people who are looking back on their lives following what happened in New York City.
For a woman named Lara Lindstrom Clarke, she actually had her life saved via an Oscar-winning actress in Gwyneth Paltrow. During a press conference at the Venice Film Festival (via the New York Post), Paltrow had this to say about how one random moment ended up changing Clarke’s life forever:
“Basically, what happened was I had gone to a yoga class very early. I was on the way home [in an SUV] and it was the morning of September 11 — not that I knew at the time what that meant — and a girl was jaywalking across the street and we kind of both stopped at the same time and waited a really long time.
“Ten years later I got a letter from her saying that she had been late for work and we had that thing and she went down to the Christopher Street station to catch her train to go down to the World Trade Center where she worked on the 77th floor of the South Tower and the train was just pulling out. So had we not had that interaction she feels like her life would’ve taken a much different course.”
Paltrow also says that this woman calls the encounter her “Sliding Doors” moment — a reference to the 1998 movie about happenstance that just so happened to star the actress.
Stay tuned — as we near the anniversary of 9/11, we will have more discussion about how the celebrity world is choosing to look back on this sad day in history.