Blythe Danner was born in Philadelphia on February 3, 1943 to Harry and Katherine Danner. She’s the middle child of four; she has a sister, brother and half-brother.
Being Pennsylvanian-Dutch, she attended a private Quaker school through high school. After graduating, she enrolled at Bard College in upstate New York, where she majored in acting and theater and graduated in 1965.
One of the most popular actresses in American theater and films, she has had a long and industrious career that began by joining the Theater Company of Boston. She garnered national attention at the age of 25 by winning the Theater World Award for her performance in the Lincoln Center’s production of The Miser.
Though she landed her first film in 1970, she had already become immensely popular when she originated the role of ingénue in Butterflies are Free on Broadway, for which she earned a Tony Award in 1970.
With a career spanning 40 years, she also is well known for her performances in A Streetcar Named Desire and Betrayal. She married director Bruce Paltrow in 1969, and their marriage lasted until his death from oral cancer in 2002, after which Blythe became an outspoken activist for the cause.