1974: She earned a law degree.
1989: 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) (TV).
1990: Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world.
1990: Diagnosed with cancer.
1990: She and husband Hume Cronyn were both awarded the American National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington. DC.
At age 81, she is the oldest winner of a Best Actress Oscar for her role as Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy (1989).
Broadway producer Lee Shubert convinced her to change her name from Jessie to Jessica during her early stage years.
Has 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."
Is one of twelve 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 and Ellen Burstyn.
She won a Tony Award in 1948 for "A Streetcar Named Desire".
She won a Tony Award in 1978 for "The Gin Game".
Starred (with husband Hume Cronyn) as Liz Marriott on NBC Radio's "The Marriage" (1953-1954).
Was 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.
Won a 1993 Special Tony Award (New York City) lifetime achievement award.