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Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Katharine (Kile) and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has German, as well as English and Irish, ancestry. Danner studied acting and got her degree from Bard College and began her career in Boston theater companies. By 25, she won the Theater World Award for her work in Molière's "The... See full bio »

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 2019 Strange But True (completed)
 2019 The Tomorrow Man (completed)
 2001-2018 Will & Grace (TV Series)
Marilyn Truman
- So Long, Division (2018) ... Marilyn Truman
- It's a Family Affair (2018) ... Marilyn Truman
- The Mourning Son (2006) ... Marilyn Truman
- Blanket Apology (2006) ... Marilyn Truman
- A Little Christmas Queer (2005) ... Marilyn Truman
 2018 The Chaperone
Mary O'Dell
 2018 Patrick Melrose (TV Mini-Series)
Nancy Valance
- At Last (2018) ... Nancy Valance
- Mother's Milk (2018) ... Nancy Valance
 2018 Hearts Beat Loud
Marianne Fisher
 2018 Halfway There (TV Movie)
Jeanne Ross
 2018 What They Had
 2017 Gypsy (TV Series)
- Black Barn (2017) ... Nancy
- Neverland (2017) ... Nancy
- Marfa (2017) ... Nancy (voice, uncredited)
- Driftwood Lane (2017) ... Nancy
 1986-2016 American Masters (TV Series documentary)
Voice of Aline Saarinen / Anna Christie
- Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future (2016) ... Voice of Aline Saarinen
- Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts (1986) ... Anna Christie
 2016 Odd Mom Out (TV Series)
Jill's Mom
- Fasting and Furious (2016) ... Jill's Mom
 2016 Madoff (TV Mini-Series)
Ruth Madoff
- Redemptions (2016) ... Ruth Madoff
- Fallout (2016) ... Ruth Madoff
- Catch Me If You Cancer (2016) ... Ruth Madoff
- Millions to Billions (2016) ... Ruth Madoff
 2015 Tumbledown
 2015 The Slap (TV Series)
- Anouk (2015) ... Virginia
 2015 I'll See You in My Dreams
Carol Petersen
 2014 Murder of a Cat
Edie Moisey
 2013 Gilded Lilys (TV Movie)
Caroline Lily
 2011-2012 Up All Night (TV Series)
Dr. Angie Chafin
- The Wedding (2012) ... Dr. Angie Chafin
- First Christmas (2011) ... Dr. Angie Chafin
- Parents (2011) ... Dr. Angie Chafin
 2012 The Lucky One
 2012 Hello I Must Be Going
 2011 What's Your Number?
Ava Darling
 2011 Detachment
Ms. Perkins
 2011 Little Fockers: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Dina Byrnes (uncredited)
 2011 Paul
Tara Walton
 2010 Little Fockers
Dina Byrnes
 2010 Waiting for Forever
Miranda Twist
 2009 The Lightkeepers
Mrs. Bascom
 2009 Beyond All Boundaries (Short)
Elsa Maxwell - New York Post Columnist (voice)
 2009 Nurse Jackie (TV Series)
Maureen Cooper
- Tiny Bubbles (2009) ... Maureen Cooper
 2009 Medium (TV Series)
Louise Leaming
- A Taste of Her Own Medicine (2009) ... Louise Leaming
 2008 'Side by Each'
Daisy / Delores / Delilah
 2008 Pretty/Handsome (TV Movie)
Bunny Fitzpayne
 2006 The Last Kiss
 2004-2006 Huff (TV Series)
Isabelle 'Izzy' Huffstodt
- Which Lip Is the Cervical Lip? (2006) ... Isabelle 'Izzy' Huffstodt
- Black Shadows (2006) ... Isabelle 'Izzy' Huffstodt
- Tapping the Squid (2006) ... Isabelle 'Izzy' Huffstodt
- Bethless (2006) ... Isabelle 'Izzy' Huffstodt
- Radio Silence (2006) ... Isabelle 'Izzy' Huffstodt
 2005/III Stolen (Documentary)
Isabella Stewart Gardner (voice)
 2004 Meet the Fockers
Dina Byrnes
 2004 Back When We Were Grownups (TV Movie)
Rebecca Holmes Davitch
 2004 Howl's Moving Castle
Madame Suliman (English version, voice)
 2003 Freedom: A History of Us (TV Series documentary)
Emma Lazarus / Appleton's Journal
- Yearning to Breathe Free (2003) ... Emma Lazarus (voice)
- Working for Freedom (2003) ... Appleton's Journal (voice)
 2003 Two and a Half Men (TV Series)
Evelyn Harper
- Most Chicks Won't Eat Veal: Original Pilot (2003) ... Evelyn Harper
 2003 Sylvia
Aurelia Plath
 2003 The Quality of Light
 2002 Presidio Med (TV Series)
Dr. Harriet Lanning
- Second Chance (2002) ... Dr. Harriet Lanning
- This Baby's Gonna Fly (2002) ... Dr. Harriet Lanning
- Good Question ... Dr. Harriet Lanning
- Best of Enemies ... Dr. Harriet Lanning
 2002 Three Days of Rain
Woman In Cab
 2002 We Were the Mulvaneys (TV Movie)
Corinne Mulvaney
 2001 The Invisible Circus
 2000 Meet the Parents
Dina Byrnes
 1999 Things I Forgot to Remember
Mrs. Bradford
 1999 The Love Letter
Lillian MacFarquhar
 1999 Forces of Nature
 1998 The Farmhouse
Irma Miller
 1998 The Wonderful World of Disney (TV Series)
Mrs. Murphy
- Murder She Purred: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery (1998) ... Mrs. Murphy (voice)
 1998 Saint Maybe (TV Movie)
Bee Bedloe
 1998 The X Files
 1998 From the Earth to the Moon (TV Mini-Series)
- Le voyage dans la lune (1998) ... Narrator (voice)
 1998 No Looking Back
Claudia's Mom
 1998 The Proposition
Syril Danning
 1997 Mad City
Mrs. Banks
 1997 A Call to Remember (TV Movie)
Paula Tobias
 1995 Napoleon
Mother Dingo (English version, voice)
 1995 Homage
Katherine Samuel
 1994 Leave of Absence (TV Movie)
 1994 Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (TV Movie)
Bianca Honicut
 1993 Tracey Takes on New York (TV Movie)
Eleanor Levine
 1975-1993 Great Performances (TV Series)
Narrator / Alma Winemiller / Nina
- The Maestros of Philadelphia (1993) ... Narrator (voice)
- Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1976) ... Alma Winemiller
- The Seagull (1975) ... Nina
 1992 Lincoln (TV Movie)
Elizabeth Todd Edwards (voice)
 1992 Kiss-Kiss, Dahlings! (TV Short)
 1992 Husbands and Wives
Rain's Parents
 1992 Tales from the Crypt (TV Series)
- Maniac at Large (1992) ... Margaret
 1992 Getting Up and Going Home (TV Movie)
 1992 Cruel Doubt (TV Mini-Series)
Bonnie Von Stein
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Bonnie Von Stein
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Bonnie Von Stein
 1991 The Prince of Tides
Sally Wingo
 1991 Never Forget (TV Movie)
Jane Mermelstein
 1990 Alice
 1990 Mr. & Mrs. Bridge
Grace Barron
 1990 Judgment (TV Movie)
Emmeline Guitry
 1988-1989 Tattinger's (TV Series)
Hillary Tattinger
- Tour of Doody (1989) ... Hillary Tattinger
- Ex-Appeal (1989) ... Hillary Tattinger
- El Sid (1989) ... Hillary Tattinger
- Half a Loaf (1989) ... Hillary Tattinger
- Screwball (1989) ... Hillary Tattinger
 1989 Money, Power, Murder. (TV Movie)
 1988 Another Woman
 1985 Guilty Conscience (TV Movie)
Louise Jamison
 1984 Helen Keller: The Miracle Continues (TV Movie)
Anne Sullivan
 1984 St. Elsewhere (TV Series)
Paige Gerradeaux
- The Women (1984) ... Paige Gerradeaux
 1983 In Defense of Kids (TV Movie)
Ellen Wilcox
 1983 Man, Woman and Child
Sheila Beckwith
 1982 Inside the Third Reich (TV Movie)
Margarete Speer
 1979 The Great Santini
Lillian Meechum
 1979 You Can't Take It with You (TV Movie)
Alice Sycamore
 1979 Too Far to Go (TV Movie)
Joan Barlow Maple
 1978 Are You in the House Alone? (TV Movie)
Anne Osborne
 1977 The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer (TV Movie)
Mrs. Custer
 1977 A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story (TV Movie)
Eleanor Gehrig
 1976 Futureworld
Tracy Ballard
 1976 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Carlye Breslin Walton
- The More I See You (1976) ... Carlye Breslin Walton
 1975 Hearts of the West
Miss Trout
 1974 Lovin' Molly
Molly Taylor
 1974 Sidekicks (TV Movie)
Prudy Jenkins
 1974 F. Scott Fitzgerald and 'The Last of the Belles' (TV Movie)
Zelda Fitzgerald
 1973 Adam's Rib (TV Series)
Amanda Bonner
- Too Many Cooks (1973) ... Amanda Bonner
- The First Hurrah (1973) ... Amanda Bonner
- Friend of the Family (1973) ... Amanda Bonner
- Murder (1973) ... Amanda Bonner
- For Richer, for Poorer (1973) ... Amanda Bonner
 1972 1776
Martha Jefferson
 1972 Columbo (TV Series)
Janice Benedict
- Étude in Black (1972) ... Janice Benedict
 1972 To Kill a Clown
Lily Frischer
 1972 Invitation to a March (TV Movie)
Norma Brown
 1972 The Scarecrow (TV Movie)
Rachel Merton
 1971 Dr. Cook's Garden (TV Movie)
Janey Rausch
 1970 George M! (TV Movie)
Agnes Nolan Cohan
 1970 To Confuse the Angel (TV Movie)
 1968 N.Y.P.D. (TV Series)
- Day Tripper (1968) ... Felicia
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Taking part in a reading of "Our Town" at Gerald Lynch Theater in New York, NY to benefit The Actor's Fund. Others featured are S. Epatha Merkerson and BD Wong. See more »

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[on the birth of Moses, her second grandchild] We love unusual names in the family. See more »


Played Thomas Jefferson's wife, "Martha Jefferson", in the film version of the musical, 1776 (1972). Her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, later portrayed the daughter of Thomas & Martha Jefferson in the film, Jefferson in Paris (1995). In Ken Burns miniseries, Thomas Jefferson (1997), Blythe again played "Martha Jefferson" and her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow, played Jefferson's granddaughter. See more »


Often plays rich, sophisticated women, usually socialite or intellectual types See more »



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