Jessica Tandy

  • Birth Name: Jessie Alice Tandy
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Died: September 11, 1994
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • Made her professional stage debut in London at age 16.
  • First film appearance was in 1932's The Indiscretions of Eve, playing a maid.
  • Created the role of faded, fragile Southern flower Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway in 1947. Her costars Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden all reprised their roles in the 1951 film version, but Tandy was replaced by Vivien Leigh, who was thought to be a more marketable movie star at the time.
  • Collaborated with husband Hume Cronyn in many plays and films over the course of their 52-year marriage.
  • Appeared in Hitchcock's 1963 thriller The Birds, one of her rare film appearances between 1950 and 1980.
  • Experienced a career renaissance later in life, when she appeared alongside husband Hume Cronyn in Ron Howard's 1985 sci-fi fantasy, Cocoon, and then went on to win an Oscar at age 80 for her performance in 1989's Driving Miss Daisy.

Awards

  • 1956, Emmy — Best Actress-Single Performance: Nominee
  • 1981, Tony — Actress (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 1983, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 1991, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1978, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 1990, Berlin Film Festival — Silver Bear for Best Actress: Winner
  • 1989, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1991, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1986, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 1988, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Winner
  • 1994, Tony — Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre: Winner
  • 1990, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1994, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1963, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1948, Tony — Actress (Dramatic): Nominee

Relationships

  • Harry Tandy — Father
  • Tandy Cronyn — Daughter
  • Christopher Cronyn — Son
  • Jessie Helen Tandy — Mother
  • Susan Tettemer — Daughter
  • Jack Hawkins — Ex-husband
  • Hume Cronyn — Husband

College

  • University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada (LLD, 1974)

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