Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner
Voice of Isabella Stewart Gardner

Blythe studied acting and got her degree from Bard College and began her career in Boston theater companies, making her stage debut as Laura in THE GLASS MENAGERIE. By 25, she won the Theater World Award for her work in Moliere's THE MISER at Lincoln Center. She went on to win a Tony Award in 1970 in her Broadway debut for her role in BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE. Additionally, Blythe has been nominated for Tonys for performances in Harold Pinter's BETRAYAL, a revival of Tennessee Williams’ A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, and for a revival of FOLLIES. For 25 years, she has been a regular performer at the Williamstown Summer Theater Festival.

She made her film premiere in the television film production of DR. COOK'S GARDEN in 1971. Her earliest starring film roles were opposite Alan Alda in TO KILL A CLOWN (1972) and in the title role of LOVIN' MOLLY, directed by Sidney Lumet. Over the next thirty years she has played roles in critically acclaimed films such as BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS, FORCES OF NATURE, TO WONG FOO THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR, and SLYVIA, playing the mother of Sylvia Plath. Danner is most recently known for her role opposite Robert De Niro in the comedy hit MEET THE PARENTS and its sequel, MEET THE FOCKERS. She is also a regular guest on television’s WILL AND GRACE.

Married to the late director/producer Bruce Paltrow, she is the mother of two children, actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake Paltrow