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18 Ridiculous Secrets About Jessica Tandy

1. Jessica Alice Tandy was an English-American stage and film actress, who spent most of her 67-year career in the United States.

2. She appeared in over 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and TV.

3. Born in London to Jessie Helen Horspool and commercial traveller Harry Tandy, she was only 18 when she made her professional debut on the London stage in 1927.

4. Following the end of her marriage to the British actor Jack Hawkins, she moved to New York in 1940, where she met Canadian actor Hume Cronyn.

5. He became her second husband and frequent partner on stage and screen.

6. She received the Tony Award for best performance by a Leading Actress in A Play for her performance as Blanche Dubois in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948.

7. Tandy shared the prize with Katharine Cornell in a three-way tie for the award.

8. Along with Cronyn, she was a member of the original acting company of the Guthrie Theater.

9. She appeared with Cronyn in the Broadway production of Foxfire in 1983 and its television adaptation four years later, winning both a Tony Award and an Emmy Award for her portrayal of Annie Nations.

10. During these years, she appeared in films such as Cocoon , also with Cronyn.

11. She became the oldest actress to receive the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Driving Miss Daisy .

12. She was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1990, and continued working until shortly before her death.

13. The youngest of three siblings, Tandy was born in Geldeston Road in Hackney, London. Her father died when Tandy was 12, and her mother subsequently taught evening courses to earn an income.

14. Tandy began her career at the age of 18 in London, establishing herself with performances opposite such actors as Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud.

15. She entered films in Britain, but after her marriage to Jack Hawkins failed, she moved to the United States.

16. In 1942, she married Hume Cronyn and over the following years played supporting roles in several Hollywood films.

17. Like so many stage actors, Tandy had a hand in radio, as well.

18. Among other programs, she was a regular on Mandrake the Magician which ran on radio from 1953 to 1954, and then segued onto television.

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