Blythe Danner

Highest Rated: 94% The Great Santini (1979)
Birthday: Feb 3, 1943
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
American actress Blythe Danner brings a kind of classy elegance to her work that betrays her real-life background: the daughter of a Philadelphia bank executive, she enjoyed an expensive prep school education and undergraduate study at Bard College. Her earliest theatrical work was with the Theater Company of Boston and the Trinity Square Playhouse of Boston; by the time she was 25, Danner had won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Lincoln Center Rep's production of The Miser. In 1970, she earned a Tony for her performance in Butterflies are Free; based on the true story of a blind attorney, Danner played the central character's free-spirit love interest. Given the tenor of '70s newspaper publicity, Danner was featured in several magazine and newspaper photo spreads because she spent much of Butterflies' first act clad in nothing but her underwear. Subsequently, the actress was frequently cast opposite fellow up-and-comer Ken Howard, notably in the short-lived 1973 TV sitcom Adam's Rib. She worked so well with Howard that many fans assumed that the two were married; in fact, Danner's longtime husband is Broadway and TV producer Bruce Paltrow.A "critic's darling" thanks to her husky voice and pleasantly mannered acting style, Danner has worked with distinction in TV and on stage, though her film roles have tended to be few and far between. She was memorable as Robert Duvall's long-suffering wife in The Great Santini (1980) and as Nick Nolte's wife in The Prince of Tides (1991), while in 1986's Brighton Beach Memoirs, the decidedly WASPish Danner surprised fans by portraying a middle-aged Jewish woman. Danner's film appearances became more frequent during the latter half of the '90s: she did starring work in such films as To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), The Myth of Fingerprints (1997), The X-Files (1998), and The Love Letter (1999). A memorable turn opposite Robert DeNiro in the 2000 comedy found the established dramatic actress reaching the apex of a particularly impressive comedy run, and a year after reprising her role in the 2004 sequel Meet the Fockers, Danner would make showbiz history by earning a record three Emmy nominations for her roles in Huff, Will and Grace, and Back when We Were Grownups. When the smoke cleared and all of the winners had been announced, Danner did ineed come out on top when she took home the "Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series" award for Huff, with nominations for both Huff and Will and Grace at the following year's ceremony offering telling testament as to just how strong her work truly was. In 2006 Danner could be seen performing opposite Zack Braff in the romantic comedy drama remake The Last Kiss. She continued to work steadily, often in comedies such as Paul, Little Fockers, and What's Your Number, and she starred in the 2012 drama The Lucky One.Frequently seen in TV guest roles (she managed to make her Mrs. Albert Speer in 1982's Inside the Third Reich sympathetic, no mean feat), Danner could be seen on television on a regular basis in the brief 1989 series Tattingers, produced by her husband. In 1992, she did stellar work in the made-for-TV movie Cruel Doubt, in which she played the matriarch of a broken family. Her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow was also featured in the movie.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
56% The Tomorrow Man Ronnie 2019
44% The Chaperone Actor 2019
87% What They Had Ruth 2018
91% Hearts Beat Loud Marianne Fisher 2018
No Score Yet The Mayo Clinic: Faith - Hope - Science Actor 2018
70% Tumbledown Ellen 2016
93% I'll See You in My Dreams Carol Petersen 2015
No Score Yet Mia, a Dancer's Journey Mia Slavenska 2015
30% Murder of a Cat Edie 2014
75% Hello I Must Be Going Ruth $84.3K 2012
21% The Lucky One Ellie $60.5M 2012
57% Detachment Ms. Perkins $49.4K 2012
No Score Yet Mark Twain Actor 2012
24% What's Your Number? Ava Darling $14.1M 2011
71% Paul Tara Walton $37.4M 2011
5% Waiting for Forever Miranda $16.8K 2011
No Score Yet What's Your Number Ex-Tended Edition Actor 2011
9% Little Fockers Dina Byrnes $148.4M 2010
20% The Lightkeepers Emeline Bascom 2010
No Score Yet Harp Dreams Narrator 2010
65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 Greta $44.1M 2008
46% The Last Kiss Anna $11.6M 2006
67% Stolen Narrator 2006
40% Three Days of Rain Beverly 2005
39% Meet the Fockers Dina Byrnes $279.2M 2004
No Score Yet Back When We Were Grownups Rebecca Davitch 2004
37% Sylvia Aurelia Plath $1.3M 2003
No Score Yet We Were the Mulvaneys Corinne Mulvaney 2002
No Score Yet Echoes from the White House Actor 2001
21% The Invisible Circus Gail 2001
84% Meet the Parents Dina Byrnes $164.5M 2000
33% The Love Letter Lillian 1999
45% Forces of Nature Virginia 1999
No Score Yet Saint Maybe Bee Bedloe 1998
65% The X-Files - Fight the Future Jana Cassidy 1998
11% The Proposition Syril Danning 1998
36% No Looking Back Claudia's Mother 1998
No Score Yet Eye of the Storm Irma Miller 1998
No Score Yet Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Farmhouse Actor 1998
37% Mad City Mrs. Banks 1997
60% The Myth of Fingerprints Lena 1997
No Score Yet A Call To Remember Paula Tobias 1997
No Score Yet Homage Katherine Samuel 1996
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Beatrice 1995
No Score Yet Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All Bianca 1994
93% Husbands and Wives Rain's Mother 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: Now He Belongs to the Ages, 1865 Elizabeth Todd Edwards 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: I Want to Finish This Job, 1864 Elizabeth Todd Edwards 1992
No Score Yet Cruel Doubt Bonnie Von Stein 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863 Elizabeth Todd Edwards 1992
No Score Yet Getting Up and Going Home Lily 1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862 Elizabeth Todd Edwards 1992
68% The Prince of Tides Sallie 1991
No Score Yet Never Forget Jane Mermelstein 1991
78% Alice Dorothy 1990
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge Grace 1990
No Score Yet Judgment Emmeline Guitry 1990
64% Another Woman Lydia 1988
75% Brighton Beach Memoirs Kate 1986
No Score Yet Guilty Conscience Louise Jamison 1985
No Score Yet Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues Anne Sullivan 1984
No Score Yet In Defense of Kids Actor 1983
No Score Yet Man, Woman and Child Sheila Beckwith 1983
No Score Yet Inside the Third Reich Margarete 1982
No Score Yet To Be Young, Gifted & Black Actor 1981
94% The Great Santini Lillian Meechum 1979
No Score Yet Too Far to Go Joan Barlow Maple 1979
No Score Yet Are You in the House Alone? Anne Osborne 1978
No Score Yet A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story Eleanor Gehrig 1978
33% Futureworld Tracy Ballard 1976
No Score Yet Anton Chekhov's The Seagull Actor 1975
83% Hearts Of The West (Hollywood Cowboy) Miss Trout 1975
No Score Yet Lovin' Molly Molly Taylor 1974
No Score Yet Sidekicks Prudy Jenkins 1974
No Score Yet The Last of the Belles Actor 1974
No Score Yet F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' Zelda Fitzgerald 1974
No Score Yet Columbo: Étude in Black Actor 1972
No Score Yet Scarecrow Actor 1972
69% 1776 Martha Jefferson 1972
No Score Yet To Kill a Clown Lily Frischer 1972
No Score Yet Eccentricities of a Nightingale Alma Winemiller 1966

TV

CREDIT
90% Patrick Melrose
2018
Nancy
  • 2018
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Voice
  • 2017
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Voice
  • 2016
68% Madoff
2016
Ruth Madoff
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Odd Mom Out
2015-2017
Sarah Kaplan
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013-2018
Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
Guest
  • 2012
71% Up All Night
2011-2013
Angie Chafin
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • 2009
81% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Huff
2006
Izzy
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Marilyn Truman
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
82% Tales from the Crypt
1989-1996
Guest
  • 1992
No Score Yet St. Elsewhere
1982-1988
  • 1984
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1982
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Carlye
  • 1976
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Janice
  • 1972
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
Voice

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