Blythe Danner can best be described as a Hollywood icon, having amassed countless acting credits in her over 50 years career. From the small screen to the big screen and even on stage, this highly talented actress has continued to deliver dazzling performances.
As expected, Danner has received several accolades in the course of her long-running career including 2 Primetime Emmy Awards and one Tony Award. She also has a Golden Globe Award nomination to her name for her work in the 2004 telefilm Back When We Were Grownups.
Blythe Danner Bio, Age
Blythe Katherine Danner was born on the 3rd of February 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She has a brother Harry Danner and a maternal half-brother, William Moennig. She is of German, English and Irish ancestry. She had her high school education at George School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1960. She bagged her college degree from Bard College in New York.
Danner began her acting career on stage, appearing in several Broadway and Off-Broadway productions. She won a Theatre World Award for her performance in the Broadway play The Miser (1969). In 1970, she clinched the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her work in the play Butterflies Are Free (1969–72). The talented actress has since spread her tentacles to the world of television and movies, however, she has remained consistent in her stage work and earned 3 additional Tony Award nominations as well as 3 Drama Desk Award nominations ever since.
Blythe Danner recorded her first movie role in the 1972 drama film To Kill a Clown and ever since, she has featured in a countless number of other movies, especially in the comedy genre. She won the Saturn Award for Best Actress for her lead role in Futureworld (1976), followed by notable performances in other films like The Prince of Tides (1991), Husbands and Wives (1992) and The X-Files (1998). The talented actress starred alongside Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller in the hit comedy film Meet the Parents (2000), as well as its sequels, Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010).
Danner has also appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies including 2004’s Back When We Were Grownups for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Among other notable small-screen roles, the talented actress was also on the main cast of the comedy series Huff (2004-06), starring as Isabelle “Izzy” Huffstodt. Her brilliant performance during the 2-season run of the series earned her 2 Primetime Emmy Awards (2005 & 2006).
Blythe Danner’s long-running showbiz career has indeed fetched her some great financial gains. Beyond her brilliant acting, the Hollywood star has also enjoyed a number of massive endorsement deals over the years. With these and a number of other business ventures, the iconic actress has built a net worth of $45 Million.
Blythe Danner is currently unmarried though she had been married in the past. She had a 32-year marital union with film/TV producer and director Bruce Paltrow. The couple tied the knot on December 14, 1969, and they had two children together. They welcomed their daughter Gwyneth Kate Paltrow on September 27, 1972, and their son Jake Danner Paltrow was born on September 26, 1975.
Danner remained married to Bruce Paltrow until 2002 when he died of complications from oral cancer. In his honour, the Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund was set up in 2007, in collaboration with The Oral Cancer Foundation, to raise funds for oral cancer research and treatment.
Indeed, Blythe Danner’s only daughter Gwyneth Paltrow needs little or no introduction. She is an academy-award winning Hollywood actress, entrepreneur and writer. Just like her mother, Paltrow has blessed Hollywood with uncountable performances on television, film and on stage. Interestingly, this famous mother-daughter duo were co-stars in the 1992 miniseries Cruel Doubt.
Paltrow’s lead role in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love earned her the Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and over the years, she has risen to become one of Hollywood’s brightest stars in terms of critical acclaim and box-office success.
Height and Other Body Stats
Blythe Danner stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (170 cm). Now in her sixties, the iconic Hollywood actress maintains a trim physique at a body weight of 61 kg (143 lb). Her gorgeous blonde hair remains one of her trademark features.