Happy Birthday: Jessica Tandy (1909–1994)

jessicatandy.jpgHappy Birthday actor Jessica Tandy (1909–1994)

Born: Jessie Alice Tandy
June 7, 1909 in Stoke Newington, London, England, UK

Died: September 11, 1994 (age 85) in Easton, Connecticut, USA

OSCAR Winner for Best Actress (Driving Miss Daisy)

Married to: Hume Cronyn (27 September 1942 – 11 September 1994) (her death) (2 children)
Jack Hawkins (22 October 1932 – 2 January 1940) (divorced) (1 child)


[joking reference to her husband, Hume Cronyn] When he’s late for dinner, I know he’s either having an affair or is lying dead in the street, I always hope it’s the street.

I must say, if I had known at the beginning of my life that this is where I would get to, I would have said, “Not possible. Not possible.”

I’m most comfortable on the stage. Because of the nature of film and television, you’ll very often do the climactic scene on the first day and the other parts weeks later. It’s hard to remember exactly what state you were in. It’s easier when you start at the beginning and go through to the end. Any new project, new play, new film, you’re really starting from square one every time. You can’t be sure enough of yourself to say, “Well, this is just a piece of cake.” It’s not like that at all — not for me.

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