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Blythe Danner

Highest Rated:   97% Husbands and Wives (1992)
Lowest Rated:   5% Waiting for Forever (2011)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
69% 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
20% The Lucky One
  • Ellie
$60.5M 2012
57% Detachment
  • Ms. Perkins
$49.4k 2012
No Score Yet Mark Twain
  • Actor
2012
23% 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
10% Little Fockers
  • Dina Byrnes
$148.4M 2010
No Score Yet Light Keepers
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Lightkeepers
  • Emeline Bascom
2010
No Score Yet Harp Dreams
  • Narrator
2010
65% The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
  • Greta
$44.1M 2008
45% 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
64% The X-Files - Fight the Future
  • Jana Cassidy
1998
11% The Proposition
  • Syril Danning
1998
38% No Looking Back
  • Claudia's Mother
1998
No Score Yet Eye of the Storm
  • Irma Miller
1998
No Score Yet The Farmhouse
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery
  • 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
97% 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 Lincoln: The Pivotal Year, 1863
  • Elizabeth Todd Edwards
1992
No Score Yet Cruel Doubt
  • Bonnie Von Stein
1992
No Score Yet Lincoln: The Making of a President, 1860-1862
  • Elizabeth Todd Edwards
1992
No Score Yet Getting Up and Going Home
  • Lily
1992
73% The Prince of Tides
  • Sallie
1991
No Score Yet Never Forget
  • Jane Mermelstein
1991
77% Alice
  • Dorothy
1990
80% Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
  • Grace
1990
No Score Yet Judgment
  • Emmeline Guitry
1990
67% Another Woman
  • Lydia
1988
70% 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
80% 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
64% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 Odd Mom Out
2015
  • Sarah Kaplan
  • 2016
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
No Score Yet Tavis Smiley
2013
  • 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
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Actor
  • 2009
84% Nurse Jackie
2009-2015
  • Actor
  • 2009
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Marilyn Truman
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1982
No Score Yet Prohibition
2011
  • Actor
  • Voice

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