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Blythe Danner Biography

Birth Name:
Blythe Katharine Danner
Birth Place:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • In 1974, during her first of many summers at the Williamstown Festival, played Nina in The Seagull; 20 years later, appeared as Arkadina in the same play, while Nina was played by daughter Gwyneth Paltrow
  • Has played Paltrow's mother on screen in the miniseries Cruel Doubt (1992) and the feature film Sylvia (2003)
  • Played mother to Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer in the pilot of the sitcom Two and a Half Men; claimed that she didn't have a feel for the role and was replaced by Holland Taylor
  • Had a recurring role as Will's mother on Will & Grace
  • Received three Emmy nominations in 2005: Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for Will & Grace; Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Back When We Were Grownups; and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for Huff
  • She won for Huff

Awards

  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2006Satellite Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2005Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated

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