NEW YORK — 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.
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.