During the 2000s, Blythe Danner was an Emmy Awards darling, earning six nominations, including two victories, over just four years. Now, after more than a decade-long Emmy absence, Danner is poised for a grand return, once again in Best Comedy Guest Actress for “Will & Grace.”
Danner’s portrayal of Will (Eric McCormack)’s mom Marilyn earned her nominations in both 2005 and 2006. The actress returned in the show’s recent season finale, “It’s a Family Affair.” Much to the chagrin of her son, she is invited by Grace (Debra Messing) to move into their apartment for an extended visit. Grace’s father Martin (Robert Klein) is also staying over and, as he and Marilyn invade their kids’ lives, Will and Grace strive to come up with a plan to respectfully kick them out.
Gwen Inhat of The A.V Club praised the performances of both Danner and Klein, writing “Martin and Marilyn, I am also totally on board with. I love Blythe Danner in all things (Gwyneth Paltrow is the luckiest daughter in the world) and she and Robert Klein were really sweet together. Like her telling his ‘gentile’ joke! Adorable. Like Will and Grace themselves, their parents are showing that love and sex don’t end after you exit that coveted 18-34 demographic, much as most TV advertisers would lead you to believe.”
In addition to her recognition for “Will & Grace,” Danner is the recipient of Emmy Award nominations in Best TV Movie/Miniseries Actress for “We Were the Mulvaneys” (2002) and “Back When We Were Grownups” (2004) and Best Drama Supporting Actress for “Huff” (2005 and 2006). Danner triumphed with both of her bids for “Huff.”
Beyond her accolades for the small screen, Danner is also a Tony Award winner, having scored the Best Play Featured Actress trophy for “Butterflies Are Free” (1969). Subsequent nominations came for “Betrayal” (1980); “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1988); and “Follies” (2001).
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