Blythe Katharine Danner (born February 3, 1943) is an American Emmy- and Tony Award-winning actress. She is the mother of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake Paltrow.
Danner was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Katharine and Harry Earl Danner, a bank executive. She has two brothers: opera singer/actor Harry Danner and violin maker William Moennig (half-brother). Danner, of part Pennsylvania Dutch ancestry, attended George School, a private Quaker secondary school in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and Bard College, where she graduated in 1965.
Danner first appeared on stage with the Theater Company of Boston and the Trinity Square Repertory Company (now Trinity Repertory Company) in Providence, Rhode Island. She first gained national attention at age 25 by winning the Theatre World Award for her performance in the Lincoln Center Rep's production of The Miser. In 1970, she appeared in her first film role, in a television production of Dr. Cook's Garden.
Danner portrayed Martha Jefferson in the movie version of 1776 (1972).
In Brighton Beach Memoirs (1986) she portrayed a middle-aged Jewish woman, and in the 1982 TV movie Inside the Third Reich, she