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  • Real name : Blythe Katherine Danner
  • Place of birth : Philadelphia
  • Date of birth : 03/02/1943



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Blythe Danner (1943)

Blythe Katherine Danner

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Blythe Katherine Danner is an American actress. She is the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow.


 early life
Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Katharine (née Kile) and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has a brother, opera singer/actor Harry Danner, a sister, former performer turned director Dorothy Danner, and a half brother, violin maker William Moennig. Danner has Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry; one of her great-grandmothers was born in Barbados.

In 1972, Danner portrayed Martha Jefferson in the movie version of 1776. Also that same year, she played a jilted wife opposite Peter Falk and John Cassavetes in the Columbo episode "Etude in Black".

Her earliest starring film role was opposite Alan Alda in To Kill a Clown . Danner appeared in the episode of M*A*S*H entitled The More I See You, playing the love interest of Alda's character Hawkeye. She played the role of Zelda Fitzgerald in The Last of the Belles . She was the eponymous heroine in the film Lovin' Molly . She appeared in Futureworld playing Tracy Ballard with co-star Peter Fonda . In the film version of Neil Simon's semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs , she portrayed a middle-aged Jewish mother, and in the 1982 TV movie Inside the Third Reich, she played the wife of Albert Speer. She has appeared in two films based on the novels of Pat Conroy, The Great Santini and The Prince of Tides , as well as two television movies adapted from books by Anne Tyler, Saint Maybe and Back When We Were Grownups, both for the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

Danner is more recently known for her role opposite Robert De Niro in the 2000 comedy hit Meet the Parents, and its sequels, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers.

From 2001 to 2006, she regularly appeared on Will & Grace as Will Truman's mother Marilyn. From 2004 to 2006, she starred in the TV series Huff. In 2005, she was nominated for three Emmy Awards: for her work on Will & Grace, Huff and Back When We Were Grownups. Emmy host Ellen DeGeneres poked fun at Blythe Danner during the award ceremony, saying that Danner should not be nervous because she was almost certain to win at least one Emmy, which she did, for Huff. In July 2006, she won a second consecutive Emmy award for Huff. For 25 years, she has been a regular performer at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival, where she also serves on the Board of Directors.

In 2006, Danner was awarded an inaugural Katharine Hepburn Medal, alongside fellow honoree Lauren Bacall, which recognizes "women whose lives, work and contributions embody the intelligence, drive and independence of the four-time-Oscar-winning actress," by Bryn Mawr College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center.

 personal life
Danner is the widow of producer/director Bruce Paltrow, who died from complications of pneumonia while battling oral cancer in 2002, and the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow. Danner first co-starred with her daughter in 1992 in the TV movie Cruel Doubt and then again in the 2003 film Sylvia playing Aurelia Plath, mother to Gwyneth Paltrow's title role as Sylvia Plath.

 television work
  • George M!
  • Dr. Cook's Garden
  • Columbo: Etude in Black
  • Adam's Rib
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles
  • Sidekicks
  • M*A*S*H
  • Eccentricities of a Nightingale
  • A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story
  • Are You in the House Alone?
  • Too Far to Go
  • You Can't Take It with You
  • Inside the Third Reich
  • In Defense of Kids
  • Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues
  • Guilty Conscience
  • Tattingers (1988 - 1989)
  • Money, Power, Murder
  • Judgment
  • Never Forget
  • Getting Up and Going Home
  • Cruel Doubt
  • Lincoln
  • Tracey Ullman Takes On New York
  • Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All
  • Leave of Absence
  • The West
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • A Call to Remember
  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • Saint Maybe
  • Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
  • Mark Twain
  • Will & Grace (recurring cast member from 2001 - 2006)
  • We Were the Mulvaneys
  • Presidio Med (2002 - 2003)
  • Huff (2004 - 2006)
  • Pretty/Handsome
  • Medium episode "A Taste of Her Own Medicine"
  • Nurse Jackie
  • Up All Night

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