NEW YORK – She's sung karaoke with Huey Lewis and waddled around in a fat suit, but recent widely published photos of Gwyneth Paltrow schlepping around SoHo spilling coffee on herself put the nail in the coffin of her "It Girl" status.
What has happened to the golden-haired girl of yesteryear, the fairy-tale princess who clutched her Shakespeare in Love Oscar while wearing a Ralph Lauren dress seemingly spun of cotton candy?
Paltrow was supposed to single-handedly return Hollywood to its golden era of glamour.
Instead, just three years later, she's vaulted to the top of Worst Dressed lists the world over after horrifying everyone with the gothic Alexander McQueen shock frock she wore -- bra-less -- to the last Oscars.
These days she's more Kelly Osbourne than Grace Kelly, more blue-collar than blue blood.
And while former flames Brad Pitt and Ben Affleck are happily paired up with Jennifer Aniston and J-Lo, respectively, poor Gwynnie's got no one to help her Shout out those coffee stains.
The magic has gone from her movies as well, as she's swapped the elegant period costumes of Shakespeare for roles as a karaoke singer (Duets), a widowed single mom (Bounce) and -- surely, a career nadir -- a 300-pound woman (Shallow Hal).
"Clearly, she's made some very bad career choices," said Hollywood Reporter on-line columnist Martin Grove. "Working with the Farrelly brothers [on Shallow Hal] was a 'What were you thinking?' moment -- and I'm not sure people even remember the other pictures she's done."
The Spence graduate -- who was born with a silver spoon in her mouth to film-director father Bruce and actress-mother Blythe Danner -- may have been a victim of her own success.
"The tendency for an actor after they've won an Oscar for one type of role is to want to do something way different -- and she sure did," said Grove.
Paltrow may have de-glamorized herself to the point where she has sabotaged her once-glittering career.
But all is not lost.
On Aug. 16, Paltrow premieres in the romantic period drama Possession -- her best career choice since Shakespeare in Love, Grove said.
In Neil LaBute's Possession, based on the novel by A.S. Byatt, Paltrow adopts an English accent to play a cool, reserved academic who teams up with Aaron Eckhart's American scholar to do some literary sleuthing.
"The first step on the road to recovery for an actress is to start working with quality filmmakers," noted Grove.
And lose the fat suit.