Jessica Tandy Overview:

Legendary character actress, Jessica Tandy, was born Jessie Alice Tandy on Jun 7, 1909 in London, England. Tandy died at the age of 85 on Sep 11, 1994 in Easton, CT .


A powerful character star, Jessica Tandy, was often seen in crafty or neurotic roles, but remained largely a stage actress. Her second husband (1942 to her death in 1994) was the Canadian actor Hume Cronyn, their daughter, Tandy Cronyn, is also an actress. Her first husband (1932-1940) was the British star Hack Hawkins.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



Jessica Tandy was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning one for Best Actress for Driving Miss Daisy (as Daisy Werthan) in 1989.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1989Best ActressDriving Miss Daisy (1989)Daisy WerthanWon
1991Best Supporting ActressFried Green Tomatoes (1991)Ninny ThreadgoodeNominated

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Jessica Tandy Quotes:

Cathy Brenner: Mitch, can I bring the lovebirds in here?
Lydia Brenner: No!
Cathy Brenner: But Mom, they're in a cage.
Lydia Brenner: They're birds, aren't they?

Lydia Brenner: [reacting to Melanie's bird-inflicted wounds] Yes, of course, bandages! It's terrible!

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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."

She won a Tony Award in 1978 for "The Gin Game".

She won a Tony Award in 1948 for "A Streetcar Named Desire".

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