BLYTHE DANNER (Dina Byrnes) received a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in
Butterflies Are Free and has received nominations for her roles as Emma, in
Harold Pinter's Betrayal; as Blanche DuBois, in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar
Named Desire; and as Phyllis, in Stephen Sondheim's Follies. She also received a
Drama Desk nomination for Suddenly Last Summer, at the Roundabout Theatre
Company. She also appeared on Broadway, opposite Geraldine Page, in Blithe
Danner won two Emmy awards for her role on Showtime's Huff, and she garnered an
Emmy nomination for Joyce Carol Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys and two Emmy
nominations for Will & Grace. She also received a Golden Globe Award nomination
for Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups.
Her other television credits include HBO's Judgment, with Keith Carradine; A
Call to Remember, with Joe Mantegna; Cruel Doubt; Guilty Conscience, with
Anthony Hopkins; and Inside the Third Reich, with Sir John Gielgud. On PBS,
Danner was seen in Chekhov's The Seagull, George Bernard Shaw's Candida and
Tennessee Williams' Eccentricities of a Nightingale.
For more than 20 years, Danner has performed at the Williamstown Theatre
Festival in Massachusetts. She played Beatrice to Kevin Kline's Benedick in Much
Ado About Nothing, for The Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, and she has
appeared in such regional companies as the Mark Taper Forum; the Trinity
Repertory Company; BAM, with Sarah Jessica Parker in A.R. Gurney's Sylvia, at
the Manhattan Theatre Club; and three productions for the Roundabout Theatre
Company. She won a Theatre World Award for her role in The Miser, with the
repertory company at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
Danner's film credits include Waiting for Forever, with Richard Jenkins; The
Lightkeepers, with Richard Dreyfuss; The Great Santini, with Robert Duvall; Meet
the Parents and Meet the Fockers, with Robert De Niro; Mr. & Mrs. Bridge, with
Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman; Barbra Streisand's The Prince of Tides; Neil
Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs; and three Woody Allen films. She also appeared
in Sylvia with her daughter, Gwyneth Paltrow. Her upcoming projects include
What's Your Number?, with Anna Faris, and Universal Pictures' Paul, with Simon
Pegg and Nick Frost.
Danner was awarded the inaugural Katharine Hepburn Medal from Bryn Mawr
College's Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center. She attended the George School in
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and holds honorary doctorate of fine arts degrees
from Williams College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and her alma mater,
She has been involved with environmental issues for more than 35 years and
serves on the advisory boards of the Union of Concerned Scientists, the
Environmental Media Association in Los Angeles, the Environmental Advocates of
New York and Energy Vision in New York. She also serves on Planned Parenthood's
board of advocates. Danner is a member of the advisory board of The Oral Cancer
Foundation, which supports the Bruce Paltrow Fund, named for her late husband.
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