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Jessica Tandy

Jessica Tandy
Tandy and Hume Cronyn at the 1988 Emmy Awards
Personal information
Birth nameJessie Alice Tandy
Birth dateJune 07, 1909
Place of birthHackney, London, England, UK
Date of deathSeptember 11, 1994(age 85)
Death placeEaston, Connecticut, U.S.A.
Years active1932 - 1994
SpouseJack Hawkins
(1932 - 1940)
Hume Cronyn
(1942 - 1994) (her death)

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Jessie Alice "Jessica" Tandy (7 June 1909 - 11 September 1994) was an English - American stage and film actress.

She first appeared on the London stage in 1926 at the age of 16, playing, among others, Katherine opposite Laurence Olivier's Henry V, and Cordelia opposite John Gielgud's King Lear. She also worked in British films. Following the end of her marriage to Jack Hawkins, she moved to New York, where she met Canadian actor Hume Cronyn. He became her second husband and frequent partner on stage and screen.

She won the Tony Award for her performance as Blanche Dubois in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948, sharing the prize with Katherine Cornell (who won for Antony and Cleopatra) and Judith Anderson (for the latter's portrayal of Medea). Over the following three decades, her career continued sporadically and included a substantial role in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds (1963), and a Tony Award winning performance in The Gin Game (playing in the two-character play opposite her husband, Cronyn) in 1977. She, along with Cronyn was a member of the original acting company of The Guthrie Theater.

In the mid 1980s she enjoyed a career revival. She appeared opposite Hume Cronyn in the Broadway production of Foxfire in 1983 and its television adaptation four years later, winning both a Tony Award and an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Annie Nations. During these years, she appeared in films such as Cocoon (1985), also with Cronyn.

She became the oldest actress to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Driving Miss Daisy (1989), for which she also won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Fried Green Tomatoes (1991). At the height of her success, she was named as one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People". She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1990, and continued working until shortly before her death.

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A requested music video by a very good friend. Featuring clips from the already classic movie "Fried Green Tomatoes" starring Jessica Tandy, Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker and Mary Stuart Masterson. Song "I'll remember you"; lyrics by Bob Dylan; performed by Grayson Hugh.
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Clips from some of my favorite classics. Pillow Talk-1959 Starring: Doris Day Rock Hudson Rio Grande-1950 Starring: John Wayne Maureen O'hara Vertigo-1958 Starring: Jimmy Stewart Kim Novak Sunset Blv-1950 Starring: William Holden Gloria Swanson The Quiet Man-1952 Starring: John Wayne Maureen O'hara The Birds-1963 Starring: Jessica Tandy Rod Taylor Suzanne Pleshette The Americanization of Emily-1964 Starring: Julie Andrews James Gardner Glass Bottom Boat-1966 Starring: Doris Day Rod Taylor Dom DeLuise The Parent Trap-1961 Starring: Maureen O'hara Brian Keith Hayley Mills
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Gregory Peck presenting Jessica Tandy the Oscar® for Best Actress for her performance in "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 62nd Academy Awards® in 1990.
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2 minute full theatrical trailer to George Roy Hill's 1982 adaptation of the John Irving novel. Stars Robin Williams, John Lithgow, Mary Beth Hurt, Glenn Close, Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy, Swoosie Kurtz.
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Michelle Rodriguez discusses her appreciation for late actress Jessica Tandy in this rare footage from 2006. Special thanks to G4TV and "Icons".
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A Bicentennial Minute from the summer of 1975 starring Jessica Tandy. More classic TV rarities at:
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Film: The Valley of Decision. Starring: Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp, Lionel Barrymore, Preston Foster, Marsha Hunt, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, Dan Duryea and, Jessica Tandy. Directed by: Tay Garnett. Story written by: Marcia Davenport "The Valley of Decision" (novel) Screenplay & Dialogues written by: Sonya Levien and John Meehan. Distributed by: © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc. Theatrical Release Date: 3 May 1945 (USA) Niceties by: Synopsis! "The Valley of Decision" (1945) is a film set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania which tells the story of a young house maid who falls in love with the son of the local steel mill owner. Their romance is endangered when her family, all steel mill workers, go on strike against his father. It stars Greer Garson, Gregory Peck, Donald Crisp, Lionel Barrymore, Preston Foster, Marsha Hunt, Gladys Cooper, Reginald Owen, Dan Duryea and Jessica Tandy. The movie was adapted by Sonya Levien and John Meehan from the novel by Marcia Davenport. It was directed by Tay Garnett. It was nominated for two Academy Awards (1946) for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Greer Garson) and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture. Plot! The Rafferty's are immigrant Irish laborers living in Pittsburgh. Its patriarch, Patrick Rafferty, is wheelchair bound due to an industrial accident incurred at the Scott family steel mill. He blames the accident on working conditions at the mill and thus he hates the Scott's, despite who have more <b>...</b>
2.38 min. | 5.0 user rating While visiting her husband's aunt in a nursing home, unhappy Southern housewife Evelyn Couch (Kathy Bates) befriends Ninny Threadgoode (Jessica Tandy), a pleasant, outgoing old woman. After making a instant connection, Ninny tells Evelyn the story of Idgie Threadgoode (Mary Stuart Masterson) and Ruth Jamison (Mary-Louise Parker), two young friends who ran a diner together in 1920s Alabama. Enthralled with Ninny's stories and inspired by the Idgie and Ruth strength, Evelyn learns to be more assertive and gains the strength she needs to change her life for the better. Directed by Jon Avnet. With Cicely Tyson, Chris O'Donnell, Stan Shaw and Gailard Sartain. Category: Drama. Year: 1991. For more trailers with Mary-Louise Parker, please see Also, for movie previews starring Kathy Bates, see Trailers with Jessica Tandy, can be seen at
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Associated Content---...- her amore, is taking to calling "Miss Daisy" after the formidable Southern Jewish lady in the film "Driving Miss Daisy," played by -Jessica Tandy-. ... - Date : Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:16:38 GMT+00:00
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Gary Post Tribune--"Streetcar" won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1948 and the original Broadway cast featured Marlon Brando, -Jessica Tandy- and Karl Malden. ... - Date : Fri, 03 Dec 2010 10:26:13 GMT+00:00
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SouthJersey Local News---...- George Cohan, Edward Robinson, George C. Scott, Jack Lemmon, Mike Nichols, Katherine Hepburn, Ethel Waters and -Jessica Tandy- among many others. ... - Date : Wed, 25 Aug 2010 19:18:48 GMT+00:00
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New York Magazine---...- Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 play. The 1989 film adaptation earned four Oscars, including best picture and best actress for -Jessica Tandy-. [LAT]--- - Date : Wed, 30 Jun 2010 05:21:47 GMT+00:00
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Cowra Guardian--Remember -Jessica Tandy- and Morgan Freeman in Driving Miss Daisy, the Academy award winning movie that captivated so many? The theatre version of the ... - Date : Fri, 23 Jul 2010 02:07:16 GMT+00:00
James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave Partner For Driving Miss Daisy - Tweet this news it did, however, enjoy a successful Off-Broadway run before being adapted into the film starring Morgan Freeman and -Jessica Tandy- in 1989. ... - Date : Fri, 02 Jul 2010 00:57:03 GMT+00:00
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Housatonic Times---...- Ms. Fedus showed some film segments from the 1989 Academy Award-winning film “Driving Miss Daisy,” which featured Morgan Freeman and -Jessica Tandy-. ... - Date : Fri, 21 May 2010 14:05:33 GMT+00:00
What's On: Wind Beneath Your Marriage - Movieline (blog) Tweet this news
Movieline (blog)--Oscar's Best Picture of 1989 chronicles the burgeoning relationship between a haughty widow (-Jessica Tandy-) and her chauffeur (Morgan Freeman). ... - Date : Thu, 13 May 2010 17:15:49 GMT+00:00
Re: "Your Papers Please" = Nazi, "Your ID Card Please" = Progressive? - National Review Online (blog) Tweet this news
National Review Online (blog)--That's to say, little old ladies will be required to show it when they go to check out a large-print library book or the -Jessica Tandy- double-bill at ... - Date : Mon, 03 May 2010 13:35:52 GMT+00:00
It's possible to achieve success in retirement living years - Tweet this news even for Hollywood actors. In fact, -Jessica Tandy- won her first Oscar for her performance in Driving Miss Daisy when she was almost 80 years old.--- - Date : Tue, 18 May 2010 22:04:16 GMT+00:00

Broadway credits :
Year Title Role Notes
1940 Jupiter Laughs Dr. Mary Murray
1947 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
1950 Hilda Crane Hilda Crane
1951 The Fourposter Agnes
1959 Five Finger Exercise Louise Harrington
1966 A Delicate Balance Agnes
1971 Home Marjorie
1977 The Gin Game Fonsia Dorsey Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
1982 Foxfire Annie Nations Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play
1983 The Glass Menagerie Amanda Wingfield
1986 The Petition Lady Elizabeth Milne Nominated - Tony Award

Filmography :
Year Film Role Notes
1932 The Indiscretions of Eve Maid
1938 Murder in the Family Ann Osborne
1944 The Seventh Cross Liesel Roeder
Blonde Fever Diner at Inn uncredited
1945 The Valley of Decision Louise Kane
1946 Dragonwyck Peggy O'Malley
The Green Years Kate Leckie
1947 Forever Amber Nan Britton
1948 A Woman's Vengeance Janet Spence
1950 September Affair Catherine Lawrence
1951 The Desert Fox Frau Lucie Marie Rommel
1957 The Glass Eye Julia Lester Short film presented in "Alfred Hitchcock Presents"
1958 The Light in the Forest Myra Butler
1962 Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man Helen Adams Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress � Motion Picture
1963 The Birds Lydia Brenner
1976 Butley Edna Shaft
1981 Honky Tonk Freeway Carol
1982 The World According to Garp Mrs. Fields
Still of the Night Grace Rice
Best Friends Eleanor McCullen
1984 The Bostonians Miss Birdseye
Terror in the Aisles archival footage
1985 Cocoon Alma Finley
1987 *batteries not included Faye Riley
1988 The House on Carroll Street Miss Venable
Cocoon: The Return Alma Finley
1989 Driving Miss Daisy Daisy Werthan Academy Award for Best Actress
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress � Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
1991 Fried Green Tomatoes Ninny Threadgoode Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress � Motion Picture
1992 Used People Freida
1993 To Dance with the White Dog Cora Peek
1994 A Century of Cinema Herself documentary
Nobody's Fool Beryl Peoples
Camilla Camilla Cara

Academy Award for Best Actress

Katharine Hepburn (1981) * Meryl Streep (1982) * Shirley MacLaine (1983) * Sally Field (1984) * Geraldine Page (1985) * Marlee Matlin (1986) * Cher (1987) * Jodie Foster (1988) * Jessica Tandy (1989) * Kathy Bates (1990) * Jodie Foster (1991) * Emma Thompson (1992) * Holly Hunter (1993) * Jessica Lange (1994) * Susan Sarandon (1995) * Frances McDormand (1996) * Helen Hunt (1997) * Gwyneth Paltrow (1998) * Hilary Swank (1999) * Julia Roberts (2000) ---- Complete list * (1928 �1940) * (1941 �1960) * (1961 �1980) * (1981 �2000) * (2001-present)

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress � Miniseries or a Movie

Susan Clark / Rosemary Harris (1976) * Sally Field / Patty Duke (1977) * Joanne Woodward / Meryl Streep (1978) * Bette Davis (1979) * Patty Duke (1980) * Vanessa Redgrave (1981) * Ingrid Bergman (1982) * Barbara Stanwyck (1983) * Jane Fonda (1984) * Joanne Woodward (1985) * Marlo Thomas (1986) * Gena Rowlands (1987) * Jessica Tandy (1988) * Holly Hunter (1989) * Barbara Hershey (1990) * Lynn Whitfield (1991) * Gena Rowlands (1992) * Holly Hunter (1993) * Kirstie Alley (1994) * Glenn Close (1995) * Helen Mirren (1996) * Alfre Woodard (1997) * Ellen Barkin (1998) * Helen Mirren (1999) * Halle Berry (2000)

Golden Globe Award for Best Actress � Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

Bernadette Peters (1981) * Julie Andrews (1982) * Julie Walters (1983) * Kathleen Turner (1984) * Kathleen Turner (1985) * Sissy Spacek (1986) * Cher (1987) * Melanie Griffith (1988) * Jessica Tandy (1989) * Julia Roberts (1990) * Bette Midler (1991) * Miranda Richardson (1992) * Angela Bassett (1993) * Jamie Lee Curtis (1994) * Nicole Kidman (1995) * Madonna (1996) * Helen Hunt (1997) * Gwyneth Paltrow (1998) * Janet McTeer (1999) * Renée Zellweger (2000) ---- Complete List * (1950 �1960) * (1961 �1980) * (1981 �2000) * (2001 �present)

Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Ingrid Bergman / Helen Hayes (1947) * Judith Anderson / Jessica Tandy (1948) * Shirley Booth (1950) * Uta Hagen (1951) * Julie Harris (1952) * Shirley Booth (1953) * Audrey Hepburn (1954) * Nancy Kelly (1955) * Julie Harris (1956) * Margaret Leighton (1957) * Helen Hayes (1958) * Gertrude Berg (1959) * Anne Bancroft (1960) * Joan Plowright. (1961) * Margaret Leighton (1962) * Uta Hagen (1963) * Sandy Dennis (1964) * Irene Worth (1965) * Rosemary Harris (1966) * Beryl Reid (1967) * Zoe Caldwell (1968) * Julie Harris (1969) * Tammy Grimes (1970) * Maureen Stapleton (1971) * Sada Thompson (1972) * Julie Harris (1973) * Colleen Dewhurst (1974) * Ellen Burstyn (1975)

Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play

Irene Worth (1976) * Julie Harris (1977) * Jessica Tandy (1978) * Constance Cummings / Carole Shelley (1979) * Phyllis Frelich (1980) * Jane Lapotaire (1981) * Zoe Caldwell (1982) * Jessica Tandy (1983) * Glenn Close (1984) * Stockard Channing (1985) * Lily Tomlin (1986) * Linda Lavin (1987) * Joan Allen (1988) * Pauline Collins (1989) * Maggie Smith (1990) * Mercedes Ruehl (1991) * Glenn Close (1992) * Madeline Kahn (1993) * Diana Rigg (1994) * Cherry Jones (1995) * Zoe Caldwell (1996) * Janet McTeer (1997) * Marie Mullen (1998) * Judi Dench (1999) * Jennifer Ehle (2000)

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