Jessica Tandy ( born June 7, 1909 in London, England; † September 11, 1994 in Easton, Connecticut, United States) was a British actress. For her role of Miss Daisy in Driving Miss Daisy and her chauffeur 1990 she received an Oscar.
1927 Jessica Tandy completed her first stage appearance in London, shortly after she made her debut in the film in The Indiscretion of Eve. In 1930, she performed on Broadway. After the failed marriage with actor Jack Hawkins, from which emerged a daughter and they divorced in 1942, she moved to New York, where she met the actor Hume Cronyn and married. From this marriage produced two children.
1947 Tandy received their first of three Tony Awards for the first performance of A Streetcar Named Desire, in the film version of Elia Kazan but was replaced by Vivien Leigh, as the producers were assumed to be the bigger star. In the Broadway production, she played Blanche on the side of Marlon Brando, so that the breakthrough came. 1954 was Tandy and her husband own series, The Marriage. 1986 the couple from the U.S. president, the National Medal of Arts was awarded.
Tandy's most famous roles were those of the imperious mother Lydia Brenner in Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and the Miss Daisy in Bruce Beresford's Driving Miss Daisy and her chauffeur, for which she won the 1990 and the Oscar for the up to now oldest actress in the category of Best Actress. Two years later, she was nominated as a 82 -year-old for the presentation of the Ninny thread Goode Green tomatoes in a second time for an Oscar and was also chosen as one of People Magazine 's 50 most beautiful people in the world.
On September 11, 1994 Jessica Tandy died in Connecticut a lengthy battle with cancer. The film Nobody's Fool - irresistible in the long run, in which she is seen in her last appearance alongside Paul Newman, is dedicated to her memory.