Blythe Danner is described as one of the triple threats in the entertainment industry because she can sing, dance, and portray any character given to her. Her tireless commitment in Broadways and the film/television industry stood out the actress among the lot. She is an American Actress, whose great love for acting propelled her to make several stage appearances, putting up superlative performances that won the hearts of many. She has to her credit, over tens of film and television appearances with a commendable number of Theatre plays.
On 26th January 2019, she was reported dead by an online source and this elicited condolences from her numerous fans all over the world. However, there seems to have been another twist about the news of her death. Find out all about it below, but first, take a look at her background, career, and family life.
Blythe Danner Age and Early Life
Blythe Katherine Danner Paltrow popularly called Blythe Danner was born on 3rd February 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the United States to Katherine Kile and Banker Harry Earl Danner. Though she is an American, her ethnicity is identified as Jewish, Irish, German and English. Her siblings are Harry Danner, and a half-brother from her mother called William Moennig. Her siblings are all pursuing careers in the art world. Harry became an actor and Opera Singer then married the director Dottie Danner while Williams specialized in making violins.
The young Blythe schooled at George High School, in the late 1960s after which she proceeded to the Bard College where she took a course in arts.
Blythe Danner started her career in 1967 in the Broadway Musical Mata Hari (Meaning Closed Out Of Town) an adaptation, from Jerome Coppersmith’s book. this was immediately followed by 2 other Broadway shows Summertree and Cyrano de Bergerac all in 1968. The outstanding performance she put up in 1969 on the stage of The Miser earned her a Theatre World Award. Her first award was the beginning of the awards and nominations to come for this triple-threat actress. Blythe Danner cleared the Tony Award for Best Featured actress in the Leonard Gershe play, Butterflies Are Free, which was shown from 1969 to 1972.
She gave nothing short of expectation when she made her debut in 2 films in 1972; playing Lily Frischer and Martha Jefferson in How to Kill a Clown and the American Musical Drama 1776. In the same year, she also got a role in a TV series titled Columbo as Janice Benedict, whose husband infidelity was rampant.
The Screen goddess as I call her, from then onward featured in several films, TV shows, and theatre stage plays some of which include famous works like Lovin’ Molly (1974), The Prince of Tides (1991), The X-Files (1998), Meet the Parents (2001), Meet The Fockers (2004) and its sequel Little Fockers (2010), I’ll See You in My Dreams (2015), What They Had (2018). Moreso, she was slotted in the production of the 2019 films Tomorrow Man and Strange but True.
The Charming mother of 2 has enjoyed several accolades and award nominations for most of her works some of which are; an Emmy award for Huff, 3 consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for her work on Will and Grace, AARP award for The Last Kiss, an Inaugural Katherine Hepburn Medal and so on.
The Philadephia born actress has over the years supported some causes such as environmental pollution-related issues, and even an Oral Cancer Foundation which she uses in raising funds for early detection and treatment of the ailment in honor of her fallen husband who died from the disease in 2002.
Her Net Worth
The ever bubbling 5 ft 7 inches tall actress has an estimated net worth of about $45 million which in some ways resonates with the number of years she has spent in the industry. Blythe Danner has also served as brand ambassador for Prolia and others.
Husband and Daughter
The delectable actress was happily married to the American filmmaker, director, and producer Bruce Paltrow. He was famed as the producer of White Shadow, Elsewhere and Duets.
The New York-born producer was diagnosed with pneumonia and Oral Cancer which eventually ended his journey on earth after several years of battling the disease.
Before his unfortunate demise, he fathered 2 children with his charming wife Blythe; they are Gwyneth Paltrow and Jake. The kids towed the same career line as their parents and they are doing well in showbiz.
Gwyneth Paltrow is a multi-award-winning actress, food writer, and a businesswoman; some of her notable works are Iron Man, Two Lovers, The Royal Tenenbaums among others. She is presently married to her second husband, a writer, Brad Falchuk.
Jake Paltrow her younger sibling, on the other hand, has directed movies like Hard Eight and The Young Ones among others.
Is She Dead or Alive?
Unfortunately, a make-believe story pooped up on Facebook reporting that the witty actress had kicked the bucket on 26th January 2019, hundreds of fans started sending their condolence messages on their Facebook page expressing their sadness over her death.
But this rumor was squashed the next day when a healthy, hale and hearty Blythe Danner emerged, on Sunday 27th January 2019 declaring she was in sound health and that the death pronouncement was the mechanization of the internet hoax.
Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Rick Ross, Miley Cyrus among others have also been victims of this ploy.