A couple years ago I was shocked to find out that the actress Blythe Danner was Gwyneth Paltrow’s mother. At the time I didn’t even really know who Blythe Danner was, but I had known the actress face and recognised her from more than a few movies. The fact that she was Gwyneth’s mother was somewhat of a surprise to me to because when I was comparing the actresses, I felt that they neither looked very much alike nor seemed to be similar when it came to personalities.
With a name like Blythe, which I guess is an unusual name, I figured that the was probably either not American by birth or had parents who had
migrated to the United States before she was born. However, it turned out that I was wrong. She was actually born in Pennsylvania to a family that appeared as if they had lived there for some time. What caught my attention though since I’m from the Caribbean was that I read the Wikipedia article about her and it mentioned that one of her ancestors was a white Barbadian.
I don’t remember when I actually saw Blythe in a movie for the first time. However, I do remember thinking that she was a very pretty older woman. I’m really not sure if it’s her hair, her poise or her features, but one thing that definitely made me believe she was Gwyneth’s mother was that they both seem to share an air of elegance and class about them. Her characters always seem to be slightly reserved as well, and I feel that it gives both her and her characters an air mystery too, which in turn makes her more appear beautiful.
Blythe seems to play a lot of small parts too, so I can’t ever really say whether or not she has a lot of talent or she doesn’t. For example, when she played the role of Dina Byrnes in “Meet the Parents” she didn’t seem to talk a lot or make a huge impression unlike Robert De Niro, Ben Stiller or even Owen Wilson’s characters.