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Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner received a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and has received nominations for her roles as Emma, in Harold Pinter's Betrayal; as Blanche DuBois, in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire; and as Phyllis, in Stephen Sondheim's Follies. She also received a Drama Desk nomination for Suddenly Last Summer, at the Roundabout Theatre Company. She also appeared on Broadway, opposite Geraldine Page, in Blithe Spirit.

Danner won two Emmy awards for her role on Showtime's Huff, and she garnered an Emmy nomination for Joyce Carol Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys and two Emmy nominations for Will & Grace. She also received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups.

Her other television credits include HBO's Judgment, with Keith Carradine; A Call to Remember, with Joe Mantegna; Cruel Doubt; Guilty Conscience, with Anthony Hopkins; and Inside the Third Reich, with Sir John Gielgud. On PBS, Danner was seen in Chekhov's The Seagull, George Bernard Shaw's Candida and Tennessee Williams' Eccentricities of a Nightingale.

For more than 20 years, Danner has performed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. She played Beatrice to Kevin Kline's Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, for The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, and she has appeared in such regional companies as the Mark Taper Forum; the Trinity Repertory Company; BAM, with Sarah Jessica Parker in A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, at the Manhattan Theatre Club; and three productions for the Roundabout Theatre Company. She won a Theatre World Award for her role in The Miser, with the repertory company at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Danner's film credits include Waiting for Forever, with Richard Jenkins; The Lightkeepers, with Richard Dreyfuss; The Great Santini, with Robert Duvall; Meet the Parents and Meet the Fockers, with Robert De Niro; Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, with Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman; Barbra Streisand's The Prince of Tides; Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs; and three Woody Allen films. She also appeared in Sylvia with her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. Her upcoming projects include What's Your Number?, with Anna Faris, and Universal Pictures' Paul, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Danner was awarded the inaugural Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center. She attended the George School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and holds honorary doctorate of fine arts degrees from Williams College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her alma mater, Bard College.

She has been involved with environmental issues for more than 35 years and serves on the advisory boards of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Environmental Media Association in Los Angeles, the Environmental Advocates of New York and Energy Vision in New York. She also serves on Planned Parenthood's board of advocates. Danner is a member of the advisory board of The Oral Cancer Foundation, which supports the Bruce Paltrow Fund, named for her late husband.

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Blythe Danner Facts

Birth NameBlythe Katherine Danner
BirthdayFebruary 3, 1943 (78)
BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Blythe Danner compared to you?
Awards2006 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (for Huff)
2005 Emmy Awards: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (for Huff)

Selected Filmography

I'll See You in My Dreams
The Lucky One
Howl's Moving Castle
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
The Last of the Belles
Meet the Parents
What's Your Number?
Meet the Fockers
Murder of A Cat
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