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Jessica Tandy

Biography

Traveling Miss Daisy Oscar winner who was simply wedded to Hume Cronyn. In 1979, she was inducted in to the American Theater Hall of Popularity. She became a member of the Birmingham Repertory Theater at age 16. She received a Tony Honor for her part inside a Streetcar Called Desire. She wedded Jack port Hawkins in 1932. The few had a child two years later on, and divorced in 1940. She is at a creation of Ruler Lear with John Gielgud.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jessica Tandy
Date Of Birth June 7, 1909
Died September 11, 1994, Easton, Connecticut, United States
Place Of Birth England
Height 1.63 m
Profession Movie Actress
Education Dame Alice Owen's School
Nationality American, English
Spouse Hume Cronyn, Jack Hawkins
Children Tandy Cronyn, Susan Hawkins, Christopher Cronyn
Parents Harry Tandy, Jessie Helen Tandy
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Kennedy Center Honors, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie, Saturn Award for Best Actress, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Actress, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement, Drama Desk Special Award, Obie Award for Performance, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance, Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play, Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Single Performance, Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a New Play
Movies Driving Miss Daisy, The Birds, Fried Green Tomatoes, Batteries Not Included, Cocoon, Nobody's Fool, Cocoon: The Return, The Seventh Cross, The World According to Garp, The Christmas Story Lady, Used People, Foxfire, Still of the Night, To Dance with the White Dog, The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel, Honky Tonk Freeway, The House on Carroll Street, Dragonwyck, Forever Amber, The Green Years, The Bostonians, The Light in the Forest, September Affair, The Valley of Decision, Butley, Camilla, A Woman's Vengeance, Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man, Best Friends, Murder in the Family
TV Shows Producers' Showcase, Goodyear Television Playhouse, The Alcoa Hour, Norman Corwin Presents, O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, Star Stage, The Marriage, Prudential Family Playhouse, Actors Studio, Suspicion
Star Sign Gemini

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#Fact
1She was awarded the 1978 Antoinette Perry (Tony) Award for Best Actress in a Play for "The Gin Game" on Broadway in New York City.
2She was awarded the 1985 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Performance in Leading Role for the play, "Foxfire" at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3Grandmother of Heather (b. June 12, 1957), Holly (b. March 12, 1959), John (b. April 11, 1961) and Wendy (b. May 10, 1967) via daughter Susan Hawkins and her husband John Tettemer.
4Is one of 11 actresses who won the Best Actress Oscar for a move that also won the Best Picture Oscar (she won for Driving Miss Daisy (1989)). The others are Claudette Colbert for It Happened One Night (1934), Luise Rainer for The Great Ziegfeld (1936), Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind (1939), Greer Garson for Mrs. Miniver (1942), Louise Fletcher for One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Shirley MacLaine for Terms of Endearment (1983), Jodie Foster for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Hilary Swank for Million Dollar Baby (2004).
5Is one of 14 actresses to have won both the Best Actress Academy Award and the Best Actress in a Comedy/Musical Golden Globe for the same performance; hers being for Driving Miss Daisy (1989). The others, in chronological order, are: Judy Holliday for Born Yesterday (1950), Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins (1964), Barbra Streisand for Funny Girl (1968), Liza Minnelli for Cabaret (1972), Glenda Jackson for A Touch of Class (1973), Diane Keaton for Annie Hall (1977), Sissy Spacek for Coal Miner's Daughter (1980), Cher for Moonstruck (1987), Helen Hunt for As Good as It Gets (1997), Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love (1998), Reese Witherspoon for Walk the Line (2005), Marion Cotillard for La Vie en Rose (2007), and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
6Is one of 26 actresses to have won an Academy Award for their performance in a comedy; hers being for Driving Miss Daisy (1989). The others, in chronological order, are: Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night (1934)), Loretta Young (The Farmer's Daughter (1947)), Josephine Hull (Harvey (1950)), Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday (1950)), Audrey Hepburn (Roman Holiday (1953)), Goldie Hawn (Cactus Flower (1969)), Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class (1973)), Lee Grant (Shampoo (1975)), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall (1977)), Maggie Smith (California Suite (1978)), Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard (1980)), Jessica Lange (Tootsie (1982)), Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor (1985)), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck (1987)), Cher (Moonstruck (1987)), Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King (1991)), Dianne Wiest (Bullets Over Broadway (1994)), Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite (1995)), Frances McDormand (Fargo (1996)), Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets (1997)), Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love (1998)), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)), and Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook (2012)).
7She met Hume Cronyn in 1940, and they married in 1942.
8Was the 100th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy (1989) at The 62nd Annual Academy Awards (1990) on March 26, 1990.
9She and husband Hume Cronyn partnered on screen in 13 movies between 1944 and 1994, usually playing a couple: The Seventh Cross (1944), Blonde Fever (1944), The Green Years (1946), The Moon and Sixpence (1959), Honky Tonk Freeway (1981), The World According to Garp (1982), Cocoon (1985), *batteries not included (1987), Foxfire (1987), Cocoon: The Return (1988), The Story Lady (1991), To Dance with the White Dog (1993) and Camilla (1994).
10Shares some similarities with actress Eva Le Gallienne. Both were born in England but made their career in U.S. and their first Oscar nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category came at the age 82.
11Became pregnant by her husband Hume Cronyn in May 1954 but she suffered a miscarriage in June 1954, just a week prior to the premiere of their TV series The Marriage (1954).
12Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6284 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
13Co-starred with Tippi Hedren in The Birds (1963), and then with Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith in Nobody's Fool (1994).
14Having won Best Actress at age 80, she was the oldest winner of an Academy Award until Christopher Plummer won for Beginners (2010) at age 82.
15Is one of 15 actresses to have won the Triple Crown of Acting (an Oscar, Emmy and Tony); the others in chronological order are Helen Hayes, Ingrid Bergman, Shirley Booth, Liza Minnelli, Rita Moreno, Maureen Stapleton, Audrey Hepburn, Anne Bancroft, Vanessa Redgrave, Maggie Smith, Ellen Burstyn, Helen Mirren, Frances McDormand and Jessica Lange.
16Was originally cast as Aunt Trina in I Remember Mama (1948) but later dropped out in order to pursue A Woman's Vengeance (1948). As a result Ellen Corby, who went on to receive a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination for her performance, was cast instead.
17Won a 1993 Special Tony Award (New York City) lifetime achievement award.
18At age 80, she was the oldest winner of a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
191990: She and husband Hume Cronyn were both awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
201974: She earned a law degree.
21Broadway producer Lee Shubert convinced her to change her name from Jessie to Jessica during her early stage years.
22Has won four Tony Awards: in 1948, as Best Actress (Dramatic) for "A Streetcar Named Desire," an award shared with Judith Anderson for "Medea" and Katharine Cornell for "Antony and Cleopatra;" as Best Actress (Play), in 1978, for "The Gin Game," and in 1983, for "Foxfire;" and in 1994, a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement shared with her husband, Hume Cronyn. She also received Tony Award nominations in 1971, as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for "Rose," and in 1986, as Best Actress (Play) for "The Petition."
231989: She became the 12th performer to win the Triple Crown of acting. Oscar: Best Actress, Driving Miss Daisy (1989); Tonys: Best Actress-Play, "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1948) and Best Actress-Play, "The Gin Game" (1978) and Best Actress-Play, "Foxfire" (1983); Emmy: Best Actress-Miniseries/Special, Foxfire (1987).
24Starred (with husband Hume Cronyn) as Liz Marriott on NBC Radio's "The Marriage" (1953-1954).
25She won a Tony Award in 1948 for "A Streetcar Named Desire".
26She won a Tony Award in 1978 for "The Gin Game".
271990: Diagnosed with cancer.
281990: Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
29Mother of Susan Hawkins with Jack Hawkins and Tandy Cronyn and Christopher Cronyn with Hume Cronyn.Grandmother of actress Katherine Cronyn.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nobody's Fool1994Miss Beryl
Camilla1994Camilla Cara
To Dance with the White Dog1993TV MovieCora Peek
Used People1992Freida
Fried Green Tomatoes1991Ninny Threadgoode
The Story Lady1991TV MovieGrace McQueen
Driving Miss Daisy1989Daisy Werthan
Cocoon: The Return1988Alma Finley
The House on Carroll Street1988Miss Venable
*batteries not included1987Faye Riley
Foxfire1987TV MovieAnnie Nations
Cocoon1985Alma Finley
The Bostonians1984Miss Birdseye
Best Friends1982Eleanor McCullen
Still of the Night1982Grace Rice
The World According to Garp1982Mrs. Fields
The Gin Game1981TV MovieFonsia Dorsey
Honky Tonk Freeway1981Carol
Butley1974Edna Shaft
The F.B.I.1972TV SeriesArdyth Nolan
O'Hara, U.S. Treasury1972TV SeriesGenevieve
Norman Corwin Presents1972TV Series
Judd for the Defense1968TV SeriesHelen Wister
The Birds1963Lydia Brenner
Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man1962Mrs. Adams
The Moon and Sixpence1959TV MovieBlanche Stroeve
The DuPont Show of the Month1959TV SeriesMrs. Baines
The Christmas Tree1958TV MovieMrs. Martin
The Light in the Forest1958Myra Butler
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956-1958TV SeriesLaura Bowlby / Julia Lester / Edwina Freel
Schlitz Playhouse1957-1958TV SeriesCora Torrence
Telephone Time1958TV SeriesBertha Kinsky
Suspicion1957TV Series
Studio 571957TV SeriesMiss Bedford
Studio One in Hollywood1951-1957TV SeriesMrs. Moore / Connaught O'Brien
Goodyear Playhouse1955-1956TV SeriesLeticia Blacklock / Liz Marriott
General Electric Theater1956TV SeriesLaura Whittemarc
The Alcoa Hour1956TV SeriesOlivia Crummit
Star Stage1956TV Series
The United States Steel Hour1956TV SeriesAlice Wiggims
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse1955TV SeriesLiz Marriott
Omnibus1953-1955TV SeriesBlanche Du Bois / Jackie
Producers' Showcase1955TV SeriesAgnes
The Marriage1954TV SeriesLiz Marriott
The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel1951Frau Lucie Marie Rommel
The Prudential Family Playhouse1951TV SeriesJane Crosby
Somerset Maugham TV Theatre1951TV Series
Lights Out1951TV Series
September Affair1950Catherine Lawrence
Masterpiece Playhouse1950TV SeriesHedda
Actor's Studio1948TV SeriesMiss Lucretia Collins
A Woman's Vengeance1948Janet Spence
Forever Amber1947Nan Britton
Dragonwyck1946Peggy O'Malley
The Green Years1946Kate Leckie
The Valley of Decision1945Louise Kane
Blonde Fever1944Diner at Inn (uncredited)
The Seventh Cross1944Liesel Roeder
Fox in the Morning1939TV MovieBarbara Scott
Fiat Justitia1939TV Movie
Glorious Morning1938TV Movie
Murder in the Family1938Ann Osborne
The Indiscretions of Eve1932Maid

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Driving Miss Daisy1989performer: "AFTER THE BALL" 1892
*batteries not included1987performer: "LET'S HAVE ANOTHER CUP OF COFFEE"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nobody's Fool1994dedicatee

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
An African Love Story1996TV Movie documentaryHerself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHerself
The 48th Annual Tony Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Lifetime Achievement Award
The 64th Annual Academy Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Supporting Role & Presenter: 'The Prince of Tides' Clip
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture & Best Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The 15th Annual Women in Film Crystal Awards1991TV SpecialHerself
The 63rd Annual Academy Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
Reflections on the Silver Screen1990TV SeriesHerself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Direction of a Play & Best Leading Actor in a Play
Night of 100 Stars III1990TV MovieHerself
The 62nd Annual Academy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role & Co-Presenter: Best Film Editing
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical / Comedy
CBS This Morning1988TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 40th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1988TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Special
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1987TV Special documentaryHerself
Today1967-1987TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Best Leading Actor in a Play
The 40th Annual Tony Awards1986TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts1986TV Movie documentaryHerself - Honoree
The 37th Annual Tony Awards1983TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Play
The 35th Annual Tony Awards1981TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Featured Actress in a Play
Over Easy1979TV SeriesHerself
The 32nd Annual Tony Awards1978TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Play
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Bicentennial Minutes1975TV Series shortHerself
Tennessee Williams' South1973TV Movie documentaryBlanche DuBois
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Dateline: Hollywood1967TV SeriesHerself
The Joey Bishop Show1967TV SeriesHerself
Here's Hollywood1962TV SeriesHerself
The 15th Annual Tony Awards1961TV SpecialHerself - Accepting Award for Best Director
The Ed Sullivan Show1951-1959TV SeriesHerself / The Public in a scene from 'A Pound on Demand' / Herself - Actress
Person to Person1958TV Series documentaryHerself
The Paul Whiteman's Goodyear Revue1951TV SeriesHerself
The Fred Waring Show1951TV SeriesHerself
Showtime, U.S.A.1950TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Story of Richard D. Zanuck2013DocumentaryDaisy Werthan
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryDaisy Werthan (uncredited)
Brando2007TV Movie documentary
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryDaisy Werthan (uncredited)
James Dean: Forever Young2005DocumentaryHerself
Jessica Tandy: Theatre Legend to Screen Star2003Video documentary shortHerself
Miss Daisy's Journey: From Stage to Screen2003Video documentary shortDaisy Werthan (uncredited)
All About 'The Birds'2000Video documentaryLydia Brenner
Twentieth Century Fox: The Blockbuster Years2000TV Movie documentaryAlma Finley
Biography1999TV Series documentaryAlma Finley
Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory1998TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
'Fried Green Tomatoes': The Moments of Discovery1998Video documentaryHerself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHerself
Inside the White House1995TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
The 67th Annual Academy Awards1995TV SpecialHerself (Memorial Tribute)
100 Years at the Movies1994TV Short documentaryHerself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself
Oscar's Greatest Moments1992Video documentaryHerself
Dream On1992TV Series
The 38th Annual Tony Awards1984TV SpecialHerself
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1961TV SeriesMyra Butler

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1991BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1991Crystal AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards
1990Silver Berlin BearBerlin International Film FestivalBest Acting TeamDriving Miss Daisy (1989)· Morgan Freeman
1990BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1990DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
1990Lifetime Achievement AwardShoWest Convention, USA
1990OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1990Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1989KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1988Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialFoxfire (1987)
1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Actress*batteries not included (1987)
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 6284 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a SpecialTo Dance with the White Dog (1993)
1993BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressFried Green Tomatoes (1991)
1992American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Supporting Actress in a Motion PictureFried Green Tomatoes (1991)
1992OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleFried Green Tomatoes (1991)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureFried Green Tomatoes (1991)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe Story Lady (1991)
1990Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressCocoon: The Return (1988)
1990American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
1986Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressCocoon (1985)
1963Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Supporting ActressHemingway's Adventures of a Young Man (1962)
1956Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsBest Actress - Single PerformanceProducers' Showcase (1954)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressDriving Miss Daisy (1989)
1989NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressDriving Miss Daisy (1989)


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#Quote
1[About her contract with Fox in the 40s] I think things were much more stereotyped then. You either were a sex symbol, or a beautiful woman, which I wasn't, or you got the dregs of the parts, not the interesting ones. I'd been playing large parts in the theater for a long time, being the whole cheese in a lot of plays, and I wanted to do more in films than I was offered. But Hume was working out there, and so we were living there, and because I like working, I signed the contract.
2[1950] Jack Hawkins is a wonderful actor, but a rotten husband!
3Anything in your life that can parallel something in the life of a character that you're playing is of great value because you can really feel all of those things and know what it would be like.
4I'm most comfortable on the stage. Because of the nature of film and television, you'll very often do the climactic scene on the first day and the other parts weeks later. It's hard to remember exactly what state you were in. It's easier when you start at the beginning and go through to the end. Any new project, new play, new film, you're really starting from square one every time. You can't be sure enough of yourself to say, "Well, this is just a piece of cake." It's not like that at all -- not for me.
5I must say, if I had known at the beginning of my life that this is where I would get to, I would have said, "Not possible. Not possible."
6[joking reference to her husband, Hume Cronyn] When he's late for dinner, I know he's either having an affair or is lying dead in the street, I always hope it's the street.


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