Blythe Danner

American actress

Blythe Katherine Danner (born February 3, 1943) is an American actress. She is the widow of movie director Bruce Paltrow. She is the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow. She has starred in many Broadway plays and movies.

Blythe Danner
Danner in 1980
Blythe Katherine Danner

(1943-02-03) February 3, 1943 (age 81)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Bruce Paltrow
(m. 1969–2002; his death)
Emmy Awards
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
2005 Huff
2006 Huff
Tony Awards
Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play
1970 Butterflies Are Free

Early life


Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is the daughter of Katharine (née Kile) and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive.[1][2] She has a brother, opera singer/actor Harry Danner, a sister, performer-turned-director Dorothy (Dottie) Danner, and a half-brother, violin maker William Moennig. Danner is of part Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, and one of her great-grandmothers was born in Barbados (a White Barbadian).[3][4]


  1. "Blythe Danner Biography (1944?-)". Retrieved 2014-01-08.
  2. "Dan Gross: Gwynnie had no time for granny" April 28, 2011,
  3. Hughes, Mike (2004-11-20). "'Grownups' star finds role is a welcome distraction". Lansing State Journal. Retrieved 2014-01-08.[permanent dead link]
  4. "Hollywood celebrity finds family links in Barbados" Archived 2012-01-19 at the Wayback Machine March 31, 2011, Barbados Advocate

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