Motherhood eased Gwyneth Paltrow's pain after losing her father to cancer.

The actress gave birth to baby Apple last May (04), just 18 months after her movie producer father BRUCE lost his battle with throat cancer.

She says, "She's been very healing for all of us - for myself, my brother, my mother. For me, the great joy before I gave birth to her was the idea that she would be one quarter my father.

"I was continuing his life in a small way. It fills a bit of that enormous chasm, but it's so sad to think she won't know that incredibly amazing, enormous person."

17/05/2005 17:21