Blythe Danner

Actor
Genteel actress Blythe Danner earned her reputation as one of the more accomplished performers in film and on stage and television over the course of an exceptional career. Early in her career, Danner became a Broadway ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (105)

Murder of a Cat 2014 (Movie)

Edie Moisey (Actor)

Tumbledown 2014 (Movie)

Ellen (Actor)

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Ms. Perkins (Actor)

Hello I Must Be Going 2012 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Prohibition 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Voice

The Lucky One 2012 (Movie)

Ellie (Actor)

Up All Night 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paul 2011 (Movie)

Tara Walton (Actor)

Waiting for Forever 2011 (Movie)

Miranda (Actor)

What's Your Number? 2011 (Movie)

Ava Darling (Actor)

Little Fockers 2010 (Movie)

Dina Byrnes (Actor)

Medium 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nurse Jackie 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Lightkeepers 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 2008 (Movie)

Greta (Actor)

Huff 2004 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Stolen 2006 (Movie)

Voice of Isabella Stewart Gardner (Actor)

The 2005 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Last Kiss 2006 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Will & Grace 2001 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Will & Grace: Backstage Pass 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Howl's Moving Castle 2005 (Movie)

Madame Suliman (Voice)

Three Days of Rain 2005 (Movie)

Woman in Cab (Actor)

Meet the Fockers 2004 (Movie)

Dina Byrnes (Actor)

Presidio Med 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Sylvia 2003 (Movie)

Aurelia Plath (Actor)

The 29th Annual People's Choice Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Mark Twain 2002 (Movie)

(Voice)

The First Ten Awards: Tony 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Invisible Circus 2001 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Healthcare Crisis: Who's at Risk? 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Meet the Parents 2000 (Movie)

Dina Byrnes (Actor)

The Farmhouse 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Anne Tyler's Saint Maybe 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Forces of Nature 1999 (Movie)

Virginia (Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Narrator

The Love Letter 1999 (Movie)

Lillian (Actor)

No Looking Back 1998 (Movie)

Claudia's Mom (Actor)

The Proposition 1998 (Movie)

Syril Danning (Actor)

The X-Files 1998 (Movie)

Cassidy (Actor)

Mad City 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Banks (Actor)

Napoleon 1997 (Movie)

of Mother Dingo (Voice)

Out of the Storm 1997 (Movie)

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The Myth of Fingerprints 1997 (Movie)

Lena (Actor)

The West 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Voice

Homage 1995 (Movie)

Katherine Samuel (Actor)

To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995 (Movie)

Beatrice (Actor)

A Century of Women 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Voice

Barenboim Conducts Strauss 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

Tracey Ullman Takes on New York 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Great Performances' 20th Anniversary Special 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Lincoln 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Voice

Husbands and Wives 1992 (Movie)

Rain's Mother (Actor)

Maniac at Large 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Never Forget 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

Sallie Wingo (Actor)

Alice 1990 (Movie)

Dorothy (Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Bridge 1990 (Movie)

Grace (Actor)

Nick & Hillary 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Tattinger's 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Another Woman 1988 (Movie)

Lydia (Actor)

Brighton Beach Memoirs 1986 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

One Art 1986 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Man, Woman and Child 1983 (Movie)

Sheila Beckwith (Actor)

The Great Santini 1979 (Movie)

Lillian Meechum (Actor)

You Can't Take It With You 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

That Was the Year That Was 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Eccentricities of a Nightingale 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Futureworld 1976 (Movie)

Tracy Ballard (Actor)

Hearts of the West 1975 (Movie)

Miss Trout (Actor)

The Seagull 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Adam's Rib 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Lovin' Molly 1974 (Movie)

Molly (Actor)

Sidekicks 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

1776 1972 (Movie)

Martha Jefferson (Actor)

To Kill a Clown 1972 (Movie)

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George M! 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

A Call to Remember (TV Show)

Actor

Are You in the House Alone? (TV Show)

Actor

Back When We Were Grownups (TV Show)

Actor

Cruel Doubt (TV Show)

Actor

Dr. Cook's Garden (TV Show)

Actor

Echoes From the White House (TV Show)

Voice

Getting Up and Going Home (TV Show)

Actor

Guilty Conscience (TV Show)

Actor

In Defense of Kids (TV Show)

Actor

Inside the Third Reich (TV Show)

Actor

Judgment (TV Show)

Actor

Leave of Absence (TV Show)

Actor

Money, Power, Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Population: Six Billion (TV Show)

Actor

Thomas Jefferson (TV Show)

Voice

Too Far to Go (TV Show)

Actor

We Were the Mulvaneys (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Genteel actress Blythe Danner earned her reputation as one of the more accomplished performers in film and on stage and television over the course of an exceptional career. Early in her career, Danner became a Broadway sensation with her Tony Award-winning performance in "Butterflies Are Free" (1969). Screen work in smaller films like the off-beat comedy "Hearts of the West" (1975) soon led to the actress earning widespread critical acclaim for performances in such television projects as "Too Far to Go" (NBC, 1979). Although consistently cast in the roles of wives and mothers, Danner deftly made each character her own in films as diverse as the adaptation of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" (1986) and the Barbara Streisand-helmed drama, "The Prince of Tides" (1991). Some three decades into her career, Danner - now known to young fans as the mother of Oscar-winning daughter Gwyneth Paltrow - scored her biggest movie hit with "Meet the Parents" (2000) and its popular sequels, in which she played Robert De Niro's understanding wife. In 2002, her own life was dealt a devastating blow with the sudden death of producer-director Bruce Paltrow, her husband of more than 30 years. A pillar of strength, Danner carried on, exhibiting impressive comedic skill with her recurring roles on the series "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006) and "Huff" (Showtime, 2004-06). While never having the marquee name recognition enjoyed by some of her contemporaries, the elegant Danner nonetheless remained one of the most respected working actresses of her generation.

Relationships

Katherine Danner

Mother

Chevy Chase Actor

Companion
Dated when they both attended Bard College in the mid-1960s

Harry Danner

Father
Born in 1907 died on June 10, 1981 at the age of 74

Hillary Danner Actor

Niece

Harry Danner

Brother

Chris Martin Actor

Son-In-Law

Katherine Moennig Actor

Niece
Daughter of William H. Moennig

William Moennig

Half-Brother

Bruce Paltrow Actor

Husband
Married December 14, 1969 Produced the television series "St. Elsewhere" (NBC) from 1982-1988 Died from complications of pneumonia while battling oral cancer on October 2, 2002 in Rome, Italy

Jake Paltrow Actor

Son
Born Sept. 26, 1975 father, Bruce Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow Actor

Daughter
Born Sept. 27, 1972; father, Bruce Paltrow Began acting alongside her mother at Williamstown Theatre Festival Co-starred in "Sylvia" (2003)

EDUCATION

The George School

Bucks County , Pennsylvania
Was captain of the swimming team; also spent part of 1961 as a foreign exchange student in Berlin

Bard College

Annandale-on-Hudson , New York 1965

Milestones

2012

Co-starred with Zac Efron in "The Lucky One," based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks

2012

Cast in romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going," starring Melanie Lynskey

2011

Cast opposite Anna Faris in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"

2010

Once again reprised the role of Dina Byrnes for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"

2006

Co-starred in "The Last Kiss"; directed by Tony Goldwyn and scripted by Paul Haggis

2004

Starred as Hank Azaria's mother on the Showtime drama "Huff"

2004

Reprised her role as Dina Byrnes for the comedy sequel, "Meet the Fockers"

2004

Starred in the TV-movie "Back When We Were Grownups" (CBS); received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress

2003

Portrayed Sylvia Plath's mother opposite her real life daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in "Sylvia"

2002

Cast as Dr. Harriet Lanning on the short-lived CBS medical drama "Presidio Med"

2001

Played the mother of Cameron Diaz and Jordana Brewster in "The Invisible Circus"

2001

Cast as Phyllis in the all-star Broadway revival of "Follies"; received a Tony nomination

2001

Regularly appeared on NBC's "Will & Grace" as Will Truman's mother Marilyn; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in 2005 and 2006

2000

Cast as Robert De Niro's understanding wife in the comedy "Meet the Parents"

1999

Played Kate Capshaw's mother in "The Love Letter"

1999

Co-starred with Edward Herrmann in a staged reading of A. R. Gurney's "Ancestral Voices"

1998

Hosted "Sophisticated Ladies: Charleston and Savannah With Blythe Danner" (PBS)

1997

Portrayed the matriarch of a troubled family in "The Myth of Fingerprints"

1997

Voiced Martha Jefferson in Ken Burns' PBS documentary "Thomas Jefferson"

1995

Appeared Off-Broadway in A. R. Gurney's "Sylvia"

1994

Portrayed Arkadina in Williamstown production of "The Seagull" with daughter Gwyneth Paltrow as Nina

1992

Re-teamed with daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in the NBC miniseries "Cruel Doubt"

1992

Played Juliette Lewis' mother in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"

1991

Acted alongside daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in the Williamstown production of "Picnic"

1991

Portrayed Nick Nolte's wife in "The Prince of Tides"

1990

Co-starred with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"

1990

Second film with Woody Allen, "Alice"

1990

Cast as the mother of a child molested by a priest in the HBO drama "Judgment"

1988

Appeared in Woody Allen's "Another Woman"

1988

Earned a Tony nomination as Blanche Du Bois in a stage revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"

1988

Played the co-owner of a NYC restaurant on the short-lived NBC drama, "Tattinger's"; series was retooled as an NBC sitcom called "Nick & Hillary," which lasted only a handful of episodes

1987

Co-starred with Richard Chamberlain and Judith Ivey in a revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"

1986

Played the matriarch of a Jewish family in the film version of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

1985

Played the wife of a philandering attorney (Anthony Hopkins) who was plotting to kill her in "Guilty Conscience" (CBS)

1984

Made guest appearance on an episode of "St. Elsewhere" (NBC)

1982

Portrayed the wife of German architect Albert Speer in the ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich"

1980

Returned to Broadway appearing alongside Raul Julia and Roy Scheider in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"; earned a Tony nomination

1980

Starred in the Lincoln Center revival of "The Philadelphia Story"

1979

Delivered a strong turn as the devoted wife of a military officer in "The Great Santini"

1978

Earned critical praise as Eleanor Gehrig in "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (NBC)

1977

Portrayed Elizabeth Custer in "The Court-Martial of General George Armstrong Custer" (ABC)

1976

Re-teamed with Alan Alda for a memorable episode of "M*A*S*H*" (CBS)

1975

Teamed with Frank Langella in the Williamstown production of Tennessee Williams' "Eccentricities of a Nightingale"; production filmed and aired on "Theater in America"

1975

Played the leading lady to Jeff Bridges in "Hearts of the West"

1974

Played a woman who comes between two friends in "Lovin' Molly"

1974

Began on-going association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival

1974

Portrayed Zelda to Richard Chamberlain's F. Scott Fitzgerald in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles'" (ABC)

1973

Cast as Amanda on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Adam's Rib"

1972

Played a jilted wife opposite Peter Falk and John Cassavetes on an episode of "Columbo" (NBC)

1972

Portrayed Martha Jefferson in the movie version of "1776"

1972

Made feature acting debut in "To Kill a Clown," co-starring Alan Alda

1970

Played featured role in the ABC TV-movie, "Dr. Cook's Garden"

1969

Had a supporting role in the NBC production of the Broadway musical "George M!"

1968

Had breakthrough stage role as the kooky, sexually liberated teenage divorcee Jill Tanner in "Butterflies Are Free"

1968

Made TV debut in an episode of "N.Y.P.D." (ABC)

1967

Was cast in first Broadway show, the musical "Mata Hari"; show closed during out-of-town tryout

1967

Acted with Trinity Square Repertory Company (now Trinity Repertory Company) in Providence, RI

1966

NYC debut in the Off-Broadway play, "The Infantry"

1965

Spent one season as a member of the Theatre Company of Boston

1965

Professional stage debut as Laura in "The Glass Menagerie"

Garnered attention for her performance in the Lincoln Center productions of "Summertree" (1968) and "The Miser" (1969)

Sang soprano with a jazz group at Baggy Pants in Stowe, VT

Bonus Trivia

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Danner traveled to Berlin in 1961 as a foreign exchange music student. She was present when the Berlin Wall was erected.

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Danner received an honorary DFA degree from Bard Collage in 1981.

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