Jessica Tandy, Award-Winning Actress
JESSICA TANDY, who won an Academy Award at age 80 for her role in ``Driving Miss Daisy,'' died Sunday at her home in Connecticut. Her husband of more than 50 years, actor Hume Cronyn, was by her side.Skip to next paragraph
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Miss Tandy's acting career spanned more than 60 years, mostly on stage in New York and London. She was Broadway's original Blanche DuBois in the 1947 production of Tennessee Williams's ``A Streetcar Named Desire'' that costarred Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski.
Some of her best-known stage appearances were with Mr. Cronyn, her second husband. Together they starred on Broadway in such plays as ``The Fourposter,'' ``The Physicists,'' ``A Delicate Balance,'' ``Noel Coward in Two Keys,'' ``The Gin Game,'' ``Foxfire,'' and ``The Petition.''
The actress won three Tony awards, Broadway's highest honor - first for ``Streetcar'' in 1948, then ``The Gin Game'' in 1978 and ``Foxfire'' in 1983.
But it was as Daisy Werthan, the feisty widow who forms a deep friendship with her black chauffeur, that Tandy scored her biggest popular success. ``Driving Miss Daisy,'' adapted from Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, was a box-office and artistic hit, grossing more than $100 million and winning a best-picture Oscar in 1990 as well as the top acting award for Tandy.