Blythe Danner

Blythe Danner

Posted on January 15, 2015

From her birth in 1943 through her prolific career on film and stage to her role as mother to Gwyneth Paltrow, Blythe Danner has had an amazing life so far.

Feb. 3, 1943
Blythe Danner is born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1965
She graduates from Bard College.

1969
Danner plays the wife in Bruce Paltrow‘s off-Broadway play, Someone’s Coming Hungry. The two begin a relationship.

1970
Stars in the play, Butterflies Are Free.

Oct. 1970
Marries Bruce Paltrow.

1971
Is awarded a Tony for her performance in Butterflies Are Free.

Sept. 28, 1972
Daughter Gwyneth Paltrow is born.

Aug. 23, 1972
Stars in the film To Kill a Clown with Heath Lamberts.

Nov. 17, 1972
Stars in the film 1776.

Jan. 1, 1974
Stars in the film Lovin’ Molly.

1975
Son Jake Paltrow is born.

Oct. 8, 1975
Stars in the film Hearts of the West with Jeff Bridges.

Feb. 10, 1976
Guest stars in an episode of M*A*S*H called The More I See You, in which she plays an old flame of Hawkeye.

Aug. 13, 1976
Stars in the film Futureworld with Peter Fonda.

Oct. 26, 1979
Stars in the film The Great Santini with Robert Duvall.

1980
Receives a Tony nomination for her role in Harold Pinter’s Broadway production, Betrayal.

Jan. 1, 1983
Stars in Man, Woman and Child with Martin Sheen.

Dec. 25, 1986
Stars in Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Oct. 14, 1988
Stars in the Woody Allen film Another Woman with David Ogden Stiers, Martha Plimpton, Gena Rowlands, John Houseman, Gene Hackman, Sandy Dennis, and Betty Buckley.

Dec. 25, 1990
Stars in the Woody Allen film Alice with Mia Farrow, Joe Mantegna, William Hurt, Cybill Shepard, Judy Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Bernadette Peters.

1990
Stars in Mr. & Mrs. Bridge with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Dec. 25, 1991
Stars in The Prince of Tides with Barbra Streisand and Nick Nolte.

Sept. 18, 1992
Stars in the Woody Allen film Husbands and Wives with Mia Farrow, Judy Davis, and Sydney Pollack.

1988
Stars in a stage production of the Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire.

1988
Receives a Tony nomination for her role in a revival of A Streetcar Named Desire.

1992
Danner co-stars with her daughter, Gwyneth, in the TV movie Cruel Doubt.

Sept. 8 1995
Stars in To Wong Foo: Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar with Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes.

May 3, 1996
Stars in Homage.

Sept. 17, 1997
Stars in The Myth of Fingerprints with Julianne Moore and Roy Scheider.

Nov. 7, 1997
Stars in Mad City with Dustin Hoffman and John Travolta.

March 27, 1998
Stars in The Proposition with Kenneth Branagh and Madeleine Stowe.

March 27, 1998
Stars in the Edward Burns film, No Looking Back, with Lauren Holly and Jon Bon Jovi.

June 19, 1998
Stars in the film, The X-Files – Fight the Future, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson.

March 19, 1999
Stars in Forces of Nature with Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock.

May 21, 1999
Stars in The Love Letter with Kate Capshaw, Tom Selleck, Ellen DeGeneres, and Tom Everett Scott.

Oct. 6, 2000
Stars in Meet the Parents with Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller, and Teri Polo.

2001
Receives a Tony nomination for her role in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies.

Oct. 3, 2002
Bruce Paltrow dies of a heart attack at a hospital in Rome, Italy.

Feb. 1, 2003
Gwyneth and Jake throw a surprise birthday party for Blythe at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles.

Oct. 17, 2003
Plays Sylvia Plath’s mother in Sylvia starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel Craig.

Dec. 22, 2004
Stars in Meet the Fockers with Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand, Ben Stiller, and Teri Polo.

2005
Wins Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Huff.

2006
She is awarded a Katharine Hepburn Medal by Bryn Mawr College’s Katharine Houghton Hepburn Center.

Dec. 22, 2010
She stars in Little Fockers with Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Dustin Hoffman, Teri Polo, and Barbra Streisand.

Sept. 7, 2012
She stars in Hello I Must Be Going, a comedy-drama directed by Todd Luiso.

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