JESSICA TANDY BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
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
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
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
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
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
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 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