A prolific, Tony- and Emmy-winning actress who has appeared in numerous stage, screen and film roles, Blythe Danner was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Rosemont down the street from Bryn Mawr. She attended George School in Newtown, Pa. and graduated from Bard College.
Danner won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free. She has received nominations for her roles in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire and Stephen Sondheim's Follies. For more than 20 years she has appeared at the Williamstown Theater Festival.
She was delighted to follow Katharine Hepburn’s footsteps in ABC’s Adam’s Rib, Lincoln Center’s The Philadelphia Story and the Williamstown production of Holiday.
Her film work includes Lovin’ Molly, The Great Santini and 1776 as well as Anne Tyler’s Saint Maybe and Back When We Were Grownups. She appeared in three Woody Allen films, Another Woman, Alice and Husbands and Wives. More recent roles include Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers and Sylvia with her daughter Gwyneth Paltrow. She will soon be seen in The Last Kiss with Zach Braff.
In 2005 she was nominated for three Emmy Awards for her work on Will and Grace, Huff and Back When We Were Grownups, winning the Emmy for her role of Izzy in Showtime’s Huff. Danner has received two nominations for the 2006 Emmy Awards.
A passionate environmental advocate, Danner sits on several environmental advisory boards and holds honorary Doctor of Arts degrees from Williams College, Hobart/William Smith and her alma mater, Bard.