Blythe Danner (Mary O’Dell)

Blythe Danner won two Emmy awards for her role on Showtime’s “Huff” and was nominated twice for roles on Will & Grace and in Joyce Carol Oates' We Were the Mulvaneys. She received a Golden Globe nomination for Anne Tyler's Back When We Were Grownups, and her list of career accomplishments continues with a Tony Award for her Broadway debut in Butterflies Are Free and nominations for roles in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Tennessee Williams’ Streetcar Named Desire and Stephen Sondheim's musical Follies. She’s appeared on Broadway in The Country House for MTC and prior to that the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, and Off-Broadway in The Commons of Pensacola. Her film roles include Woody Allen's AliceThe Great Santini, the Meet the Parents trilogy and Sylvia, a film in which she appeared with her daughter, actress Gwyneth Paltrow. Danner has appeared in The Lucky One and Hello I Must Be Going, and in the films Tumbledown and I’ll See You In My Dreams, the latter of which earned her a Gotham Awards nomination. She also appeared as Ruth Madoff in ABC’s mini-series Madoff.  Danner takes action to support causes that are important to her. She has passionately advocated for environmental concerns for more than 40 years as a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists and other groups, and serves on the national board of Planned Parenthood. Since the death of her husband Bruce Paltrow from oral cancer, she has also been helping the Oral Cancer Foundation raise disease awareness.