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Born: February 3, 1943 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Sang soprano with a jazz group at Baggy Pants in Stowe, VT
1965:
Professional stage debut as Laura in "The Glass Menagerie"
1965:
Spent one season as a member of the Theatre Company of Boston
1966:
NYC debut in the Off-Broadway play, "The Infantry"
1967:
Acted with Trinity Square Repertory Company (now Trinity Repertory Company) in Providence, RI
1967:
Was cast in first Broadway show, the musical "Mata Hari"; show closed during out-of-town tryout
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Garnered attention for her performance in the Lincoln Center productions of "Summertree" (1968) and "The Miser" (1969)
1968:
Made TV debut in an episode of "N.Y.P.D." (ABC)
1969:
Had breakthrough stage role as the kooky, sexually liberated teenage divorcee Jill Tanner in "Butterflies Are Free"
1970:
Had a supporting role in the NBC production of the Broadway musical "George M!"
1971:
Played featured role in the ABC TV-movie, "Dr. Cook's Garden"
1972:
Made feature acting debut in "To Kill a Clown," co-starring Alan Alda
1972:
Portrayed Martha Jefferson in the movie version of "1776"
1972:
Played a jilted wife opposite Peter Falk and John Cassavetes on an episode of "Columbo" (NBC)
1973:
Cast as Amanda on the short-lived ABC sitcom "Adam's Rib"
1974:
Played a woman who comes between two friends in "Lovin' Molly"
1974:
Portrayed Zelda to Richard Chamberlain's F. Scott Fitzgerald in "F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Last of the Belles'" (ABC)
1974:
Began on-going association with the Williamstown Theatre Festival
1975:
Teamed with Frank Langella in the Williamstown production of Tennessee Williams' "Eccentricities of a Nightingale"; production filmed and aired on "Theater in America"
1975:
Played the leading lady to Jeff Bridges in "Hearts of the West"
1976:
Re-teamed with Alan Alda for a memorable episode of "M*A*S*H*" (CBS)
1977:
Portrayed Elizabeth Custer in "The Court-Martial of General George Armstrong Custer" (ABC)
1978:
Earned critical praise as Eleanor Gehrig in "A Love Affair: The Eleanor and Lou Gehrig Story" (NBC)
1979:
Delivered a strong turn as the devoted wife of a military officer in "The Great Santini"
1980:
Returned to Broadway appearing alongside Raul Julia and Roy Scheider in Harold Pinter's "Betrayal"; earned a Tony nomination
1980:
Starred in the Lincoln Center revival of "The Philadelphia Story"
1982:
Portrayed the wife of German architect Albert Speer in the ABC miniseries "Inside the Third Reich"
1984:
Made guest appearance on an episode of "St. Elsewhere" (NBC)
1985:
Played the wife of a philandering attorney (Anthony Hopkins) who was plotting to kill her in "Guilty Conscience" (CBS)
1986:
Played the matriarch of a Jewish family in the film version of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
1987:
Co-starred with Richard Chamberlain and Judith Ivey in a revival of Noel Coward's "Blithe Spirit"
1988:
Earned a Tony nomination as Blanche Du Bois in a stage revival of "A Streetcar Named Desire"
1988:
Played the co-owner of a NYC restaurant on the short-lived NBC drama, "Tattinger's"; series was retooled as an NBC sitcom called "Nick & Hillary," which lasted only a handful of episodes
1988:
Appeared in Woody Allen's "Another Woman"
1990:
Cast as the mother of a child molested by a priest in the HBO drama "Judgment"
1990:
Co-starred with Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward in "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge"
1990:
Second film with Woody Allen, "Alice"
1991:
Acted alongside daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in the Williamstown production of "Picnic"
1991:
Portrayed Nick Nolte's wife in "The Prince of Tides"
1992:
Re-teamed with daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in the NBC miniseries "Cruel Doubt"
1992:
Played Juliette Lewis' mother in Woody Allen's "Husbands and Wives"
1994:
Portrayed Arkadina in Williamstown production of "The Seagull" with daughter Gwyneth Paltrow as Nina
1995:
Appeared Off-Broadway in A. R. Gurney's "Sylvia"
1997:
Portrayed the matriarch of a troubled family in "The Myth of Fingerprints"
1997:
Voiced Martha Jefferson in Ken Burns' PBS documentary "Thomas Jefferson"
1998:
Hosted "Sophisticated Ladies: Charleston and Savannah With Blythe Danner" (PBS)
1999:
Played Kate Capshaw's mother in "The Love Letter"
1999:
Co-starred with Edward Herrmann in a staged reading of A. R. Gurney's "Ancestral Voices"
2000:
Cast as Robert De Niro's understanding wife in the comedy "Meet the Parents"
2001:
Played the mother of Cameron Diaz and Jordana Brewster in "The Invisible Circus"
2001:
Cast as Phyllis in the all-star Broadway revival of "Follies"; received a Tony nomination
2001:
Regularly appeared on NBC's "Will & Grace" as Will Truman's mother Marilyn; earned an Emmy nomination for Best Guest Actress in 2005 and 2006
2002:
Cast as Dr. Harriet Lanning on the short-lived CBS medical drama "Presidio Med"
2003:
Portrayed Sylvia Plath's mother opposite her real life daughter Gwyneth Paltrow in "Sylvia"
2004:
Starred as Hank Azaria's mother on the Showtime drama "Huff"
2004:
Reprised her role as Dina Byrnes for the comedy sequel, "Meet the Fockers"
2004:
Starred in the TV-movie "Back When We Were Grownups" (CBS); received Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Best Actress
2006:
Co-starred in "The Last Kiss"; directed by Tony Goldwyn and scripted by Paul Haggis
2010:
Once again reprised the role of Dina Byrnes for the comedy sequel "Little Fockers"
2011:
Cast opposite Anna Faris in the romantic comedy "What's Your Number?"
2012:
Co-starred with Zac Efron in "The Lucky One," based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks
2012:
Cast in romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going," starring Melanie Lynskey

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