Blythe Danner: In Which Movies Did She Performed?

Blythe Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Katharine (Kile) and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has German, as well as English and Irish, ancestry. Danner studied acting, got her degree from Bard College, and began her career in Boston theater companies. Scroll down to find details about Blythe Danner.

Biography of Blythe Danner

American actress Blythe Katherine Danner was born on February 3, 1943. She has won numerous awards for her work, including two Primetime Emmys for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her portrayal of Izzy Huffstodt on Huff (2004-2006) and a Tony Award for Best Actress for her role in Butterflies Are Free on Broadway (1969–1972). For her role as Marilyn Truman on Will & Grace (2001-2006, 2018-2019), Danner was nominated for a Primetime Emmy twice: once as Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series and once as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her work in We Were the Mulvaneys (2002) and Back When We Were Grownups (2005). (2004). She was nominated for a Golden Globe for the latter achievement as well.

What Movies Was Blythe Danner Performed?

Meet the Parents (2000), Meet the Fockers (2004), and Little Fockers (2007) all include Danner in the role of Dina Byrnes (2010). She has worked extensively with Woody Allen, appearing in three of his films: Another Woman (1988), Alice (1990), and Husbands and Wives (1992). (1992). Besides 1776 (1972), Hearts of the West (1975), The Great Santini (1979), Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990), The Prince of Tides (1991), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Movies like “Julie Newmar” (1995), “The Myth of Fingerprints” (1997), “The X-Files” (1998), “Forces of Nature” (1999), “The Love Letter” (2000), “The Last Kiss” (2006), “Paul” (2011), “Hello, I Must Be Going” (2012), “I’ll See You in My Dreams” (2015), and “What They Had” (2015) are examples (2018).

Sister of Harry Danner and ex-wife of Bruce Paltrow, Danner is now a successful businesswoman. She gave birth to actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Paltrow, who became filmmakers.

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Early Life of Blythe Danner

Danner is the daughter of bank CEO Harry Earl Danner and Katharine (née Kile) [citation needed] Danner, and she was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the sister of actress and director Dorothy “Dottie” Danner and the sister of an opera singer and actor Harry Danner. Her maternal half-brother is violin maker William Moennig III. Danner’s maternal grandmother was a German immigrant, and one of her paternal great-grandmothers was born in Barbados. Therefore she has Pennsylvania Dutch (German) lineage in addition to some English and Irish (to a family of European descent).

In 1960, Danner earned his diploma from George School, a Quaker secondary institution near Newtown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Blythe Danner: Career

Danner’s first roles were in the musicals Mata Hari (1967) and Summertree (1968), both of which she performed after graduating from Bard College. She first appeared on Broadway in 1968, and her performance in The Miser won her the Theatre World Award (1969). She played a divorcee with a free spirit in Butterflies Are Free, and her performance earned her the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play (1970).

Danner portrays Martha Jefferson in the film adaptation of 1776, released in 1972. In the same year, she appeared alongside Peter Falk and John Cassavetes as the wife of a murderer on an episode of Columbo titled “Etude in Black.”

Her first significant film role was as the leading lady alongside Alan Alda in the 1974 classic To Kill a Clown (1972). Danner played Hawkeye Pierce’s love interest in the M*A*S*H episode “The More I See You,” which starred Alan Alda. In the TV show Adam’s Rib, she starred as lawyer Amanda Bonner, opposite Ken Howard’s character, Adam Bonner. In F. Scott Fitzgerald and ‘The Last of the Belles,’ she portrayed Zelda Fitzgerald (1974). Lovin’ Molly (1974) had her as the title character (directed by Sidney Lumet). She shared screen time with Peter Fonda in Futureworld, in which role she played Tracy Ballard (1976). She played Albert Speer’s wife in the 1982 TV film Inside the Third Reich. She played a middle-aged Jewish mother in the 1986 film adaptation of Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play Brighton Beach Memoirs. She’s been in two movies based on Pat Conroy’s books—The Great Santini (1979) and The Prince of Tides (1991)—and two TV movies for the Hallmark Hall of Fame based on Anne Tyler’s books—Saint Maybe (2005) and Back When We Were Grownups (2007).

Danner co-starred with Robert De Niro in the 2000 film Meet the Parents and its 2004 and 2005 follow-ups, Meet the Fockers and Little Fockers, both of which were box office successes (2010).

She played Will Truman’s mom, Marilyn, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace from 2001 to 2006. She was a prominent cast member on the comedy-drama series Huff from 2004 to 2006. She received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations in 2005 for her roles in Will & Grace, Huff, and the TV movie Back When We Were Grownups, but only took home the trophy for her performance in Huff. Another Emmy for Huff came her way the following year, making her two in a row. It’s been 25 years since she first appeared onstage at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival, where she now also serves as a board member.

Danner received the first-ever Katharine Hepburn Medal in 2006 from Bryn Mawr College’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center. Danner joined the ranks of the greats of the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 2015.

Blythe Danner: Personal Life

Bruce Paltrow, a producer, and director married to Danner, passed away in 2002 from mouth cancer. She and Paltrow are parents to actress Gwyneth Paltrow and film director Jake Paltrow.

Actress Katherine Moennig is Danner’s niece, the daughter of her maternal half-brother William.

Danner played Aurelia Plath, mother of Gwyneth’s Sylvia Plath character in the 2003 film Sylvia, and also appeared alongside her daughter Gwyneth in the 1992 television drama Cruel Doubt.

Transcendental meditation is something Danner regularly does because she finds it “extremely beneficial and calming.”

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