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:

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

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?

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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).

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

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