Blythe Danner plays Aurelia Plath in "Sylvia". Ms. Danner Danner received a Tony Award for her debut Broadway role, in Leonard Gershe's play Butterflies Are Free. She received subsequent Tony Award nominations for Blanche in Tennesse Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, Emma in Harold Pinter's Betrayal, and Phyllis in Stephen Sondheim's Follies.
This girl starred as Beatrice opposite Kevin Kline's Benedick in "Much Ado About Nothing" for the New York Shakespeare Festival. Blythe's other Broadway credits include Linclon Center's "The Philadelphia Story", Rounabout Theatre's production of "The Deep Blue Sea" and "Blithe Spirit". For more than 20 years, Blythe has been a member of the Williamstown Theater Festival, and has also performed at Mark Taper Forum, B.A.M., and the Manhattan Theatre Club. For the latter, she starred in A.R. Gurney's "Sylvia" (unrelated to Sylvia and Sylvia Plath).
On-screen, Ms. Danner most recently starred opposite Robert De Niro in Jay Roach's comedy Meet the Parents, the sequel of which, "Meet the Fockers" will be in theaters December 2004. Blythe's other film credits include "The Great Santini" (1776), opposite Robert Duvall, Brighton Beach Memoirs, adapted by Neil Simon from his play, Merchant Ivory's "Mr. & Mrs. Bridge", with Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, Barbra Streisand's "The Prince of Tides", and three Woody Allen films.
Blythe's many television appearances include PBS adaptations of Chekhov's "The Seagull" and George Bernard Shaw's "Candida". Blythe was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2002 for her performance in Lifetime's "We Were the Mulvaneys". She received CableACE Award nominations for her performances in the telefilms A Call to Remember and Judgment. Danner has a recurring role as Will's mother on the hit NBC comedy Will and Grace.