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Jessica Tandy ACTOR


Jessica Tandy was born on June 7th, 1909 in Stoke Newington, London with the middle name Alice, born to Harry Tandy and Jessie Helen Horspool.  She was the youngest of three children and at the age of twelve her father passed away.  She received her early years education ay Dame Alice Owen's School and then as a teenager she studied acting at the Ben Greet Academy and was sixteen years old when she first acted on stage in a production of, "The Manderson Girls".
Tandy then went on to join the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and appeared in some more stage plays such as, "The Rumour" and "The Matriarch".  After gaining enough stage experience she gave the film industry a chance and her debut role was in the film, "The Indiscretions of Eve" (1932).
Although she wanted to work in film, roles were not coming that easy to her, therefore, she focused on stage performing during the 1930's through 1940's continuing to make appearances in, "Honour Thy Father", "Jupiter Laughs", "Anne of England", "Portrait of a Madonna" and in 1937 she appeared on Broadway in, "A Streetcar Named Desire", a role for which she won a Tony Award.
When , "A Streetcar Named Desire" was made into a film, she was not offered a part in the film, however, Tandy did not let that discourage her and as her career progressed, she did work on a number of other films such as, "The Seventh Cross" (1944), "The Green Years" (1946), "Forever Amber" (1947), "Lights Out" (1951), "The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel" (1951) and "The Birds" (1963).
With her second husband, in addition to her film work, together they appeared in a number of stage productions such as, "A Delicate Balance" (1944), "The Fourposter" (1951), "Triple Play" (1959), "Hamlet" (1963) and "The Three Sisters" (1963).  They also worked together on the NBC Radio show, "The Marriage" (1953-1954).
Along with her radio, stage and film work, she also made time to go to college and graduate in 1974 with a law degree.  After appearing in the Broadway stage production of, "Foxfire" (1983) she was cast in the role of the television version four years later and for her role as Anne Nations, she won both a Tony and an Emmy Award.     
Some of her film roles added to her resume later on in life were, "Honky Tonk Freeway" (1981), "The World According to Garp" (1982), "Cocoon" (1985), "Batteries Not included" (1987) and her biggest role as Daily Worthan in, "Driving Miss Daisy" (1989), a performance that earned her an Oscar, Golden Globe and British Film Award.  Also making her the oldest actress at the age of eighty one to take home a Best Actress Oscar.
Finally, Tandy had received the recognition in Hollywood she had sought after and now roles were much easier to come by.  She earned another Oscar nomination for her role in the film, "Fried Green Tomatoes" (1991) followed by her final two film roles, "Nobody's Fool" and "Camilla" (both released in 1994).      
Jessica married twice throughout her lifetime, first to actor, Jack Hawkins in 1932 and after having one child this marriage came to an end in 1940.  She then married actor and producer, Hume Cronyn in 1942 and they had two children together and remained married until she passed away on September 11th, 1994 in Easton, Connecticut after suffering from ovarian cancer.  Her remains were cremated and her family holds her ashes.

1994   Nobody's Fool 

1994   Camilla 

1993   To Dance with the White Dog

1992   Used People 

1992   Dream On

1991   Fried Green Tomatoes 

1991   The Story Lady

1989   Driving Miss Daisy 

1988   Cocoon: The Return 

1988   The House on Carroll Street 

1987   *batteries not included

1987   Foxfire

1985   Cocoon 

1984   The Bostonians

1982   Best Friends 

1982   Still of the Night 

1982   The World According to Garp 

1981   Honky Tonk Freeway

1981   The Gin Game 

1974   Butley

1972   The F.B.I. 

1972   O'Hara, U.S. Treasury

1972   Norman Corwin Presents 

1968   Judd for the Defense 

1963   The Birds 

1962   Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man 

1959   The Moon and Sixpence 

1959   The DuPont Show of the Month 

1958   The Christmas Tree 

1958   The Light in the Forest 

1956-1958  Alfred Hitchcock Presents 

1957-1958  Schlitz Playhouse 

1958   Telephone Time

1957   Suspicion

1951-1957  Studio One in Hollywood

1956   Goodyear Playhouse

1956   G.E. True Theater

1956   The Alcoa Hour

1956   Star Stage 

1956   The United States Steel Hour 

1955   The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse 

1953-1955  Omnibus 

1955   Producers' Showcase

1954   The Marriage 

1951   The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

1951   The Prudential Family Playhouse

1951   Somerset Maugham TV Theatre

1951   Lights Out

1950   September Affair

1950   Masterpiece Playhouse 

1948   Actor's Studio

1948   A Woman's Vengeance 

1947   Forever Amber 

1946   Dragonwyck 

1946   The Green Years

1945   The Valley of Decision 

1944   Blonde Fever

1944   The Seventh Cross

1939   Fox in the Morning 

1939   Fiat Justitia

1938   Glorious Morning

1938   Murder in the Family 

1932   The Indiscretions of Eve  

Matinee Classics - The Bostonians starring Christopher Reeve, Vanessa Redgrave, Jessica Tandy, Madeleine Potter, Nancy Marchand, Wesley Addy, Barbara Bryne, Linda Hunt, Charles McCaughan, Nancy New, Jon Van Ness, Wallace Shawn, Peter Bogyo, Martha Farrar and Dusty Maxwell
Matinee Classics - Great Scenes from Great Plays Radio Show
Matinee Classics - The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette
Matinee Classics - The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette
Matinee Classics - The Birds starring Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Suzanne Pleshette
Matinee Classics - The Desert Fox starring James Mason, Jessica Tandy, William Reynolds, Cedric Hardwicke, Luther Adler, Everett Sloane, Leo G. Carroll, George Macready, Richard Boone, Eduard Franz, Don De Leo and John Hoyt

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