Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner


2/3/1943, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Birth Name

Blythe Katherine Danner


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Blythe Danner studied acting and got her degree from Bard College and began her career in Boston theater companies. She made her theatrical debut as Laura in "The Glass Menagerie." By 25, she won the Theater World Award for her work in Moliere's "The Miser" at Lincoln Center.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2006, Blythe won an another Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for playing Isabelle Huffstodt in Huff.

    • In 2005, Emmy host, Ellen DeGeneres, poked fun at Blythe Danner during the Emmy Award ceremony, saying that she should not be nervous because she was almost certain to win at least one Emmy, which she eventually did.

    • Blythe played Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer's mother in the Two and a Half Men pilot but claimed that she didn't have a feel for the role and was subsequently replaced by Holland Taylor.

    • Blythe has done Radio commercials for Campbell's Chicken Soup and Weight Watchers.

    • Blythe got married to Bruce Paltrow on 14th December 1969. They remained married until her husband's death on 3rd October 2002.

    • Blythe is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 metres) tall.

    • Blythe enjoys meditation and Yoga to keep her mind and body centered.

    • Blythe was cast as the mother of Cameron Diaz and Jordanna Brewster in The Invisible Circus in 2001.

    • Blythe worked with Gwyneth quite a bit in the 1990s, including on stage at Williamstown in Picnic in 1991 and The Seagull in 1994.

    • Blythe played a woman torn between two friends in Lovin' Molly, an adaptation of Larry McMurty's novel Learning Cheyenne in 1974.

    • Blythe acted opposite Alan Alda in the thriller To Kill A Clown, and displayed a lovely singing voice as Martina Jefferson opposite Ken Howard's Role as Thomas Jefferson in 1176, both made in 1972.

    • Blythe spent part of 1961 as a foreign exchange student in Germany and was present when the Berlin Wall was erected.

    • Blythe received an Emmy nomination in 2002 for 'Outstanding Lead Actress' for her role as Corrine Mulvaney in the Lifetime drama We Were The Mulvaneys.

    • Blythe doesn't see herself appearing in another television series, she would rather focus the rest of her career on stage and screen, thinking that the best of television roles have already been played.

    • Blythe considers being a grandmother to Apple and Moses her fountain of youth; it has done the most for her heart, soul, and happiness.

    • Blythe describes Chris Martin as the perfect mate for her daughter, calling him: soulfoul, deep, extremely talented, funny, and a best friend.

    • Blythe attends her son-in-law's concerts whenever she can, sitting with Gwyneth in the back, screaming just as loud as all of the other fans. She considers herself Coldplay's oldest fan.

    • Blythe narrarated the Lifetime television program Intimate Portrait: Mia Farrow, a close friend of hers.

    • Blythe had a run-in with the paparazzi at her London home, when they came knocking at the door when Gwyneth and family were visiting. She opened the door, and politely asked them to leave, they did not, so she went on to push the cameras out of the way. The paparazzi continued to linger, so she flicked her dish towel at one camera man, who called the police to report he was being assaulted. Upon arrival, all were asked to leave.

    • Blythe hopes that the opportunity to work with daughter Gwyneth presents itself again, whether it be on stage or screen, she just loves to work with her.

    • Blythe has always been attracted to complex characters because she started her acting career in the theatre, playing characters by Tennessee William's and Chekov, who create roles that are challenging and deep.

    • Blythe appears in The Last Kiss, playing a character in her 60s that is suffering through a marital crisis amidst a sea of past regret and an affair that she unsuccessfully tries to rekindle.

    • Blythe is very sad about the unexpected cancellation of Huff, in which she plays an alcoholic mother. The role was gratifying for her, with each day bringing another great scene to work on.

    • Blythe and her family turned to the music of Coldplay to help them mourn the death of her husband Bruce Paltrow. Ironically, Gwyneth would meet up with lead singer Chris Martin, whom she went on to marry.

    • Blythe used to help prepare the organic gardens that her family grew with her grandfater, picking off beetles with their hands, because they didn't use insecticides.

    • Blythe was set to play the Stockard Channing role in the original stage production of Six Degrees of Separation, but walked out after a few rehearsals.

    • Blythe wants to start skydiving; it has been a longtime ambition of hers.

    • Blythe appeared on a series of public service announcements with husband Bruce, and daughter Gwyneth, encouraging the use of alternative energy sources and alternative fuel sources.

    • Blythe has driven an EV1 electric car from General Motors since the first one was available, and has had solar power panels installed in her home.

    • Blythe helped implement curbside recycling in Santa Monica, California, and helped keep the New York recycling program going, despite threatened budget cuts by the city in 1991.

    • Blythe is on the Board of Environmental Activists and the Board of Directors of the Environmental Association, and was honored with the EMA Board of Directors 'Ongoing Commitment' Award in 2002.

    • Blythe has been an active environmentalist for over 30 years, involving herself with recycling and conservation issues, noting the differences she observed herself between her rural youth, and later residence in New York and Los Angeles.

    • Blythe's proudest moment was the night she watched her daughter Gwyneth win her 1st Academy Award for 'Best Actress' for Shakespeare in Love. Gwyneth thanked her mother first, followed by her father and grandfather.

    • Blythe put her career on hold to focus on her family life for an extended period of time, returning to her acting career after her children were established.

    • Blythe and daughter Gwyneth co-starred in the television movie Cruel Doubt in 1992, and again in 2003 in the film Sylvia. She played the mother of the title character, played by her daughter in both instances.

    • Blythe is the widow of late producer Bruce Paltrow, who died from complications of Pnemonia while battling throat Cancer in 2002. The couple shared two children, actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow.

    • Blythe was awarded the Katharine Hepburn Medal in 2006, which honors '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.

    • Blythe has served on the Board of Directors and performs regularly at the Williamstown Summer Theatre Festival for 25 years.

    • Blythe thanked the troops fighting over in Iraq in her Emmy Award acceptance speech, adding that it is time to pull them back on home.

    • Blythe was nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for her work on Will & Grace, Huff, and Back When We Were Grownups. She took home the 'Best Supporting Actress in a Drama' award for Huff, her first Emmy win.

    • Blythe starred opposite Robert DeNiro in the 2000 hit comedy Meet The Parents, as well as it's sequel in 2004 Meet The Fockers alongside Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand.

    • Blythe starred in two television movies, Saint Maybe and Back When We Were Grownups, both were based on books by Anne Taylor for the Hallmark Hall of Fame.

    • Blythe appeared in The Great Santini in 1979, and in The Prince of Tides alongside Nick Nolte and Barbra Streisand in 1991. Both films were adapted from novels by Pat Conroy.

    • Blythe appeared in her first film role in 1970, in a television production of Dr. Cook's Garden.

    • Blythe won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Lincoln Center production of The Miser, at age 25, gaining her national attention, pushing her into the spotlight.

    • Blythe made her stage debut with the theater company of Boston and the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island.

    • Blythe Katherine Danner was born on February 3, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was raised as a Quaker. She has two brothers, Harry Danner, opera singer, and a half brother, William Moening, a violin maker.

    • Blythe was nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actress for her roles in: Betrayal in 1980, A Streetcar Named Desire in 1988, and Follies in 2001.

    • Blythe won Broadway's 1970 Tony Award as Best Supporting Actress for her role in Butterflies Are Free, playing the role that Goldie Hawn would play in the film adaptation.

    • In 1972, Blythe played Thomas Jefferson's wife 'Martha Jefferson' in the film version of the musical 1776. Coincidently, in 1995, her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, portrayed the daughter of Thomas & Martha Jefferson in the film Jefferson in Paris.

    • In 2005, Blythe became the first actress to be nominated for three Emmy awards in the same year.

    • Blythe's sister, Dorothy, is an opera director and choreographer. She has two brothers: Harry Danner is an opera singer & William is a violinist.

    • Blythe attended George School, a private Quaker secondary school in Newton, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Bard College in 1965, having earned three honorary doctorates of Fine Arts from Hobart, Bard, and Williams Colleges.

    • Blythe is the aunt of actresses Katherine Moennig and Hillary Danner.

    • In 1970, Blythe won a Tony Award for her role in Butterflies Are Free.

    • Blythe won the 2005 Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role on Huff.

    • Blythe played Lena in The Myth Of Fingerprints.

  • Quotes

    • Blythe: It is my responsibility in treading on this Earth, to give back from which I take. To me, this means that I recycle, use the solar energy that is given out free to all of us, and I conserve what energy I do use. If I do my part, I can only hope that someone will follow my lead.

    • Blythe: I was blessed. I found the love of my life, and we had the time of our lives. We shared our time filling the air with laughter, love, and happiness. Now I am full of spirit, that is full of Bruce, and I am at peace.

    • Blythe: I used to glaze over when my friends would go on about being a grandparent, I'd say 'Oh please don't tell me how incredible it is'. But then here I am, it's really profound. It's just very, very, deep. It's very primal.

    • Blythe: Not a minute of a day goes by without a small part of my heart aching for Bruce. He is my first thought in the morninig, and my last thought at night, and all I dream of.

    • Blythe: I find myself spending so much more time with my grandaughter Apple, than I ever thought possible. She is just so explosive, and full of love, that I can't resist. I tell the kids to just let me know, if I have overstayed.

    • Blythe: (on the birth of Moses, her second grandchild) We love unusual names in the family.

    • Blythe: (on the bonding of daughter Gwyneth Paltrow and her father, Bruce) So he was there making, you know, food and bringing her to nurse on sets where I was working. And he'd change the diapers. So I think the two of them bonded in a pretty fantastic way very early on. Breast feeding, didn't even know it.

    • Blythe: (on the birth of daughter Gwyneth Paltrow) When she was born I was working. Bruce was a struggling young writer and a producer and had gotten some things done in New York. He was still, still at it. And I was already on Broadway.

    • Blythe: I think Gwyneth is such an artist. You know I think that she will long for fulfilling some of that.

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  • Trifecta of talent

    Danner is a great actress, still a great beauty after all these years, and, oh yeah, Gwyneth Paltrow's mom...
  • She's More Sexy than Old.

    I'm proud to say that I follow Blythe Danner's career since 1980. She is also known as Gwyneth Paltrow's mother. Both Gwyneth and Blythe Danner are very sexy. And Blythe Danner, who is approaching old age is very sexy and if you ask me, I think of her as more sexy than old. I wrote a few letters to Blythe. I hope she gets them. I also love her name. It's original, just like her acting. I'm very much in love with her, despite her age. I'm looking forward to seeing her on television again. Beleive me, she is still hot.moreless