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BLYTHE DANNER (Dina Byrnes) has had a diverse and distinguished career in film,
television and theater. Among her many film credits are: The Prince of Tides, directed
by Barbra Streisand; three Woody Allen films, including Husbands and Wives, Alice and
Another Woman; Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs; The Great Santini, opposite
Robert Duvall; Costa Gavras' Mad City, with John Travolta and Dustin Hoffman; The X
Files; Edward Burns' No Looking Back; Farmhouse; To Wong Foo, Thanks For
Everything! Julie Newmar; The Myth of Fingerprints; and Jay Roach's Meet the Parents.
In the spring of 1999 she co-starred in Forces of Nature with Sandra Bullock and
The Love Letter with Kate Capshaw. In 2003, Danner portrayed Aurelia Plath, mother of
the poet Sylvia Plath, in the film Sylvia, opposite her daughter, Gwyenth Paltrow, as
On television, Danner starred in such movies as: HBO's Judgment, for which she
received a CableACE Award nomination; A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig
Story; Too Far to Go; Saint Maybe; and Guilty Conscience with Anthony Hopkins. She
can be seen in a recurring role as Marilyn Truman, Will's mother, in the popular sitcom
Will & Grace, as well as in the Showtime series Huff, opposite Hank Azaria. In 1999
Danner was nominated for a CableACE Award for A Call to Remember with Joe
Mantegna and she received an Emmy nomination for her role in 2003's We Were the
Mulvaneys, a telefilm based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates. She has starred in two
network series, Adam's Rib and Tattinger's, and has had numerous guest-starring roles on
such shows as M*A*S*H and St. Elsewhere.
Her theater resume is as extensive as it is impressive. She received a Tony Award
for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and Tony nominations for roles in A
Streetcar Named Desire and Harold Pinter's Betrayal. Other Broadway credits include
The Philadelphia Story, Blithe Spirit and the Roundabout Theater production of Deep
Blue Sea. Danner has been a member of the Williamstown Theater Festival for over 20
years and also appeared at other leading venues such as the Theater Company of Boston,
Trinity Square Playhouse, the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, the Repertory
Company of Lincoln Center in New York and the New York Shakespeare Festival.
Many of her roles have been in the classics, ranging from Shakespeare to Chekhov,
George Bernard Shaw and Tennessee Williams.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Danner holds a drama degree from Bard
College in New York and honorary Doctorate degrees of fine arts from Williams College
and Hobart/William Smith Colleges.
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