Blythe Danner Biography
Blythe Danners first stage appearance was with the Theater Company of Boston and the Trinity Square Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. At 25, she won the Theatre World Award for her performance in the play The Miser. Blythe Danner then went on to film in 1970 and landed on a role in the TV production of Dr. Cooks Garden. She was usually cast as an upper-class wife or matriarch due to her husky voice, and among her film roles include To Kill a Clown on 1972, Lovin Molly, The Great Santini and the Prince of Tides. She also starred as a Jewish woman in Inside the Third Reich in 1982.
She is most recently known for her role as Rober De Niros wife in the comedy Meet the Parents and its sequel, Meet the Fockers. She also starred in the TV series Huff from 2004 to 2006. Blythe Danner also had a recurring role in Will & Grace playing the role of Wills mother, Marilyn. She was nominated for three Emmy Awards in 2005 where she won one award for Huff. This was followed by another Emmy award for the same series.
Blythe Danner is as well an environmentalist and has been an advocate of environmental protection measures such as recycling and conservation. She is a supporter of INFORM Inc., Board of Environmental Activists and the Board of Directors of the Environmental Media Association. In 2002, Blythe Danner was the recipient of the EMA Board of Directors Ongoing Commitment Award. She led in promoting curbside recycling in Santa Monica, California as well as in New York City. She drives an electricity-powered car and has solar panels installed on her house in order to conserve energy.
Her husband, Bruce Paltrow died of cancer in 2002, and his passing transformed Blythe Danner into a cancer advocate through her involvement with the Oral Cancer Foundation. She has been active in informing the public about oral cancer through TV announcements and infomercials, as well as raising funds for oral cancer charities. Blythe Danner is also the proud mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow.