Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow is so devastated by the death of her father eight months ago, she is still unable to return to work.

Movie executives today (13MAY03) announced the 30-year-old beauty has pulled out of a second film as she continues to mourn her director father BRUCE, who died from a heart attack last October (02), aged 59.

OSCAR-winner Paltrow, engaged to Coldplay rocker Chris Martin, has told FOX SEARCHLIGHT she is dropping out of the comedy I LOVE HUCKABEE'S, in which she would have starred alongside Jude Law and Dustin Hoffman.

The production has been thrown into chaos as a result, although English-born The Ring actress Naomi Watts has been pencilled in as a replacement.

This is the second film Paltrow has quit because of her grief. THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER newspaper claims she also recently withdrew from HAPPY ENDINGS, starring Ray Liotta, and she has not worked since filming TED AND SYLVIA last year.

According to the THIS IS LONDON website, a friend of the actress says, "She idolised her father and now she is feeling all the emotions of guilt that there was nothing she could do to save him."

13/05/2003 21:07