Blythe Danner

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Actress, Theater Actress, Film Actor/Film Actress, Film Actress(c. 1943–)
Blythe Danner is an American actress of stage and screen but is probably familiar to most as Gwyneth Paltrow's mother.

Synopsis

Blythe Danner first won acting acclaim for her performance in the play Summertree (1968). She then won a Best Supporting Actress Tony for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free. She has also accrued an impressive film resume, with films such as The Great Santini, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Meet the Parents and its sequels. Danner is also well known for being Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother.

Profile

Stage, film, and television actress. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She first won acting acclaim for her winsome performance in the off-Broadway play Summertree (1968) and in the next year won a Best Supporting Actress Tony for her Broadway debut as a free-spirited young divorcee in Butterflies Are Free (1969).

In the same year she married Bruce Paltrow, the writer and producer responsible for the hugely popular 1980s television drama, St. Elsewhere. Appearing in a number of successful Broadway productions, the genteel actress has been a regular member of the Williamstown Theater Festival since the mid 1970s. She has also accrued an impressive film resume, starring as Robert Duvall's stalwart wife in The Great Santini (1979) and as a Jewish mother in Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986); among other film appearances.

In October 2002, while vacationing in Italy, her husband, Bruce, succumbed to complications from pneumonia. He had also battled throat cancer for the past few years. With her husband, she has two children: Gwyneth, an Academy Award-winning actress, and Jake, an actor and director.

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