Jessica Tandy

Jessica Tandy

  • Highest Rated: 100% The Seventh Cross (1944)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Forever Amber (1947)
  • Birthday: Jun 7, 1909
  • Birthplace: London, England, UK
  • Possessing a great dignity tempered by the humorous sparkle in her clear blue eyes, Jessica Tandy was among the grand dames of stage and screen. Like many of her peers, her distinguished acting career stretched back to the early 1930s, though rather than make her name on film, Tandy won much of her fame with her work on the stage.Born in London in 1909, Tandy studied drama at the Ben Greet Academy of Acting. She was sixteen when she made her professional stage debut in London, and just twenty-one when she took her first bow on Broadway. In 1932, Tandy made her first film appearance in Indiscretions of Eve (1932), but due to her extremely busy stage schedule did not appear in her second film, Murder in the Family, until 1938. In 1942, she married Canadian stage and screen actor Hume Cronyn (she had previously been married to actor Jack Hawkins from 1932 until 1940), and they remained professional and personal partners until Tandy's death in 1994.The couple moved to the States shortly after their marriage, and made their Hollywood debut together in Fred Zinnemann's The Seventh Cross (1944). For a long time, Tandy had her greatest success on the stage, beginning with her Tony-winning portrayal of Blanche DuBois in the first production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947. Despite the acclaim she received, she was passed by in favor of Vivien Leigh for the play's screen version. Tandy continued to work on the stage and appeared in a few more films through 1951, after which her film career became sporadic. One of her rare appearances was in Hitchcock's The Birds in 1963.It was after she won her second Tony while appearing with Cronyn in The Gin Game (1978) that Tandy's film career was renewed with a supporting role in John Schlesinger's Honky Tonk Freeway in 1981. The following year she appeared in The World According to Garp, and then starred in Merchant Ivory's The Bostonians in 1984. In the meantime, she won her third Tony for her work in 1983's Foxfire (she would win an Emmy in 1987 for the same role in the play's televised version). Tandy's film career then experienced a complete resuscitation in 1985, when she and Cronyn co-starred in Ron Howard's Cocoon; four years later, the then-80-year-old Tandy won an Oscar for her feisty performance as a Southern lady who befriends her black chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy. She went on to have notable roles in films like Fried Green Tomatoes in 1991 and 1992's Used People. Before succumbing to ovarian cancer in September of 1994, Tandy completed the made-for-TV movie To Dance With the White Dog, in which she starred with Cronyn, and Nobody's Fool, the latter of which was dedicated to her memory.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

91% Nobody's Fool Miss Beryl 1994
40% Camilla Camilla Cara 1994
No Score Yet To Dance with the White Dog Cora Peek 1993
40% Used People Freida 1992
No Score Yet In the Company of Whales Actor 1992
74% Fried Green Tomatoes Ninny Threadgoode 1991
No Score Yet The Story Lady Grace McQueen 1991
42% Old Gringo Actor 1989
82% Driving Miss Daisy Daisy Werthan 1989
33% Cocoon: The Return Alma Finley 1988
67% The House on Carroll Street Miss Venable 1988
60% *batteries not included Faye Riley 1987
No Score Yet Foxfire Annie Nations 1987
77% Cocoon Alma Finley 1985
91% The Bostonians Miss Birdseye 1984
No Score Yet The Gin Game Actor 1984
62% Best Friends Eleanor McCullen 1982
57% Still of the Night Grace Rice 1982
80% The World According to Garp Mrs. Fields 1982
No Score Yet Honky Tonk Freeway Carol 1981
No Score Yet Butley Edna Shaft 1974
94% The Birds Lydia Brenner 1963
No Score Yet Heningway's Adventures of a Young Man Mrs. Adams 1962
No Score Yet The Light in the Forest Myra Butler 1958
71% The Desert Fox Frau Rommel 1951
No Score Yet September Affair Catherine Lawrence 1949
No Score Yet A Woman's Vengeance Janet Spence 1948
11% Forever Amber Nan Britton 1947
No Score Yet The Green Years Kate leckie 1946
No Score Yet Dragonwyck Peggy O'Malley 1946
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Louise Kane 1945
100% The Seventh Cross Liesel Roeder 1944

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996
  • 1984
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Julia Edwina Mrs. Bowlby
  • 1962
  • 1958
  • 1957
  • 1956

QUOTES FROM Jessica Tandy CHARACTERS

Ninny Threadgoode
It's good to see that you're so happy, and you've slimmed down quite a bit these last few weeks.
Evelyn Couch
I'm just so happy, Big George and Idgie got off. I would've killed Frank Bennett if I coulda. Did anybody really think that Idgie murdered him?
Ninny Threadgoode
Some said yes, some said no. The only person who really knew the answer to that was Frank Bennett, and you know what they say, dead men tell no tales.
Evelyn Couch
I can't even look at my own vagina!
Ninny Threadgoode
Well, I can't help you on that one, honey.
Ninny Threadgoode
Idgie and her friend Ruth ran the Whistle Stop Café. Idgie was a character, all right. But how anybody could have thought she murdered that man is beyond me.
Evelyn Couch
I beg your pardon?
Ninny Threadgoode
Did you know they took my gallbladder out?
Evelyn Couch
Uh, no, I didn't.
Ninny Threadgoode
Oh yes, still in the hospital in a jar. I guess that's where they keep them.
Evelyn Couch
I guess.
Ninny Threadgoode
A heart can be broken, but it will keep beatin' just the same.
Ninny Threadgoode
Oh, what I wouldn't give for a plate of fried green tomatoes like we used to have at the café. Ooh!
Miss Daisy Werthan
I've never been prejudiced in my life and you know it.
Boolie Werthan
(talking about the Martin Luther King dinner) Okay, then why don't you ask Hoke to go with you?
Boolie Werthan
Okay, then why don't you ask Hoke to go with you?
Miss Daisy Werthan
Hoke? Don't be ridiculous. He wouldn't go.
Hoke Colburn
(driving Daisy to Mobile) Did I ever tell you about the first time I've ever been outside the state of Georgia.
Hoke Colburn
Did I ever tell you about the first time I've ever been outside the state of Georgia.
Miss Daisy Werthan
No, when was that?
Hoke Colburn
Oh, a few minutes ago.
Hoke Colburn
Hey, there, Oscar, Junior... how you boys doin' this mornin'.
Oscar
How's the old lady treatin' you.
Hoke Colburn
Lord, I tell you one thing... she should do know how to throw a fit! (Hoke, Oscar and Junior break out in laughter)
Hoke Colburn
Lord, I tell you one thing... she should do know how to throw a fit!
Miss Daisy Werthan
What's so funny?
Hoke Colburn
Nothin', Miss Daisy. We just carryin' on.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Idella was lucky.
Hoke Colburn
Yes, ma'am. I expect that she was.
Ninny Threadgoode
All those people will live as long as you remember 'em.
Ninny Threadgoode
Hey, Evelyn, somebody stole my house.
Ninny Threadgoode
(last lines) (voiceover) After Ruth died and the railroad stopped runnin', the café shut down and everybody just scattered to the winds. It was never more'n just a little knockabout place, but now that I look back on it, when that café closed, the heart of the town just stopped beatin'. It's funny how a little place like this brought so many people together.
Ninny Threadgoode
After Ruth died and the railroad stopped runnin', the café shut down and everybody just scattered to the winds. It was never more'n just a little knockabout place, but now that I look back on it, when that café closed, the heart of the town just stopped beatin'. It's funny how a little place like this brought so many people together.
Miss Daisy Werthan
You know your letters, don't you?
Hoke Colburn
Oh yeah, yeah, I know my ABC's pretty good, just can't read.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Stop sayin' that you're makin' me mad! If you know your letters, you can read. You just don't know you can read.
Hoke Colburn
Ma'am?
Miss Daisy Werthan
I taught some of the stupidest children, God ever put on the face of this earth and all of them could read well enough to find a name on a tombstone
Miss Daisy Werthan
I taught some of the stupidest children, God ever put on the face of this earth and all of them could read well enough to find a name on a tombstone.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Did you have the air-conditionin' checked? I told you to have the air-conditionin' checked.
Hoke Colburn
I had the air-conditionin' checked. I don't know what's for. You never allow me to turn it on
Hoke Colburn
I had the air-conditionin' checked. I don't know what's for. You never allow me to turn it on.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Hush up!
Ninny Threadgoode
I'm worried about my little friend Evelyn. She said that her husband, Ed, would just be sittin' around watchin' his sports on TV... and she an urge to hit him in the head with a baseball bat.
Janeen
Oh hell, that seems normal to me.
Ninny Threadgoode
The fryin' pan did more fry chicken that night.
Miss Daisy Werthan
(looking at her watch) It's seven sixteen
Miss Daisy Werthan
It's seven sixteen.
Boolie Werthan
You should have a job on the radio announcin' on time.
Ninny Threadgoode
I wouldn't be afraid of death if I was you. I'd be more afraid of drivin' in rush hour traffic.
Ninny Threadgoode
You know a heart can be broken, but it keeps on beatin' just the same.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Hoke, what are you doin'.
Hoke Colburn
I'm just tryin' to drive you to the store.
Ninny Threadgoode
I found out what secret of life is; friends, best friends.
Ninny Threadgoode
I found out what the secret to life is: friends. Best friends.
Evelyn Couch
Towanda!, Righters of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Prepare.
Evelyn Couch
Towanda! Righter of Wrongs, Queen Beyond Compare!
Ninny Threadgoode
How many of some hormones you takin' honey.
Ninny Threadgoode
How many of them hormones you takin', honey?
Ninny Threadgoode
You get youself some hormones.
Ninny Threadgoode
[to Evelyn] You git yourself some hormones!
Idella
I'm goin', Miss Daisy.
Miss Daisy Werthan
All right. See you tomorrow.
Hoke Colburn
I'm goin' too!, Miss Daisy.
Hoke Colburn
I'm goin' too, Miss Daisy.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Good!.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Good!
Ninny Threadgoode
I wouldn't be afraid of death if I was you. I'd be more afraid of driving in rush hour traffic.
Miss Daisy Werthan
Hoke, you're my best friend.