Jessica Tandy

Jessie Alice "Jessica" Tandy (June 7 1909 – September 11 1994) was an English - American stage and film actress. She first appeared on the London stage in 1926 at the age of 16, playing, among others, Katherine opposite Laurence Olivier's Henry V, and Cordelia opposite John Gielgud's King Lear. She also worked in British films. Following the end of her marriage to Jack Hawkins, she moved to New York, where she met Canadian actor Hume Cronyn. He became her second husband and frequent partner on stage and screen. She won the Tony Award for her performance as Blanche Dubois in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948, sharing the prize with Katherine Cornell (who won for Antony and Cleopatra) and Judith Anderson (for the latter's portrayal of Medea). Over the following three decades, her career continued sporadically and included a substantial role in Alfred Hitchcock's film, The Birds (1963), and a Tony Award-winning performance in The Gin Game (playing in the two-character play opposite her husband, Cronyn) in 1977. She, along with Cronyn was a member of the original acting company of The Guthrie Theater. In the mid 1980s she enjoyed a career revival. She appeared opposite Hume 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. During these years, she appeared in films such as Cocoon (1985), also with Cronyn. She ...

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*batteries not included (1987)

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In a soon to be demolished block of apartments, the residents resist the criminal methods used to force them to leave so a greedy tycoon can build his new skyscraper. When tiny mechanical aliens land for a recharge, they decide to stay and help out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Frank McRae  •  Elizabeth Peña

In a soon to be demolished block of apartments, the residents resist the criminal methods used to force them to leave so a greedy tycoon can build his new skyscraper. When tiny mechanical aliens land for a recharge, they decide to stay and help out.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Robbins
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Frank McRae  •  Elizabeth Peña

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

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The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her black chauffeur, Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those types of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Patti LuPone

The story of an old Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan and her relationship with her black chauffeur, Hoke. From an initial mere work relationship grew in 25 years a strong friendship between the two very different characters in a time when those types of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bruce Beresford
CAST:  Morgan Freeman  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Patti LuPone

Nobody's Fool (1994)

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Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- forgotten son and family have moved back ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Benton
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Bruce Willis  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Jessica Tandy

Sully is a rascally ne'er-do-well approaching retirement age. While he is pressing a worker's compensation suit for a bad knee, he secretly works for his nemesis, Carl, and flirts with Carl's young wife Toby. Sully's long- forgotten son and family have moved back ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Benton
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  Bruce Willis  •  Melanie Griffith  •  Jessica Tandy

The Birds (1963)

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Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Rod Taylor  •  Tippi Hedren  •  Suzanne Pleshette  •  Veronica Cartwright

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alfred Hitchcock
CAST:  Rod Taylor  •  Tippi Hedren  •  Suzanne Pleshette  •  Veronica Cartwright

The Bostonians (1984)

A bored lawyer and a suffragette vie for the attention of a faith healer's charismatic daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Christopher Reeve  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Nancy Marchand

A bored lawyer and a suffragette vie for the attention of a faith healer's charismatic daughter.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Ivory
CAST:  Christopher Reeve  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Nancy Marchand

The Valley of Decision (1945)

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Mary Rafferty comes from a poor family of steel mill workers in 19th Century Pittsburgh. Her family objects when she goes to work as a maid for the wealthy Scott family which controls the mill. Mary catches the attention of handsome scion Paul Scott, but their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tay Garnett
CAST:  Greer Garson  •  Gregory Peck  •  Donald Crisp  •  Lionel Barrymore

Cocoon (1985)

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Tahnee Welch  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Don Ameche

When a group of trespassing seniors swim in a pool containing alien cocoons, they find themselves energized with youthful vigor.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ron Howard
CAST:  Steve Guttenberg  •  Tahnee Welch  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Don Ameche

Cocoon: The Return (1988)

The reinvigorated elderly group that left Earth comes back to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no one grows old, or will they be tempted to remain on Earth?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie
CAST:  Don Ameche  •  Wilford Brimley  •  Courteney Cox  •  Hume Cronyn

The reinvigorated elderly group that left Earth comes back to visit their relatives. Will they all decide to go back to the planet where no one grows old, or will they be tempted to remain on Earth?  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Petrie
CAST:  Don Ameche  •  Wilford Brimley  •  Courteney Cox  •  Hume Cronyn

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel (1951)

The life and career of Erwin Rommel and his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  James Mason  •  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Luther Adler

The life and career of Erwin Rommel and his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Henry Hathaway
CAST:  James Mason  •  Cedric Hardwicke  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Luther Adler

To Dance with the White Dog (1993)

When Sam Peek's beloved wife, Cora, dies, a white dog suddenly materializes as his new companion and confidant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Jordan
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Christine Baranski  •  Terry Beaver

When Sam Peek's beloved wife, Cora, dies, a white dog suddenly materializes as his new companion and confidant.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Glenn Jordan
CAST:  Hume Cronyn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Christine Baranski  •  Terry Beaver

Blonde Fever (1944)

Peter (Philip Dorn) and Delilah (Mary Astor) are a married couple running a roadside café in Nevada. Their stable partnership turns rocky, though, with the arrival of the sultry Sally (Gloria Grahame), a waitress who catches Peter's wandering eye. Delilah strikes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Whorf
CAST:  Philip Dorn  •  Mary Astor  •  Felix Bressart  •  Gloria Grahame

Peter (Philip Dorn) and Delilah (Mary Astor) are a married couple running a roadside café in Nevada. Their stable partnership turns rocky, though, with the arrival of the sultry Sally (Gloria Grahame), a waitress who catches Peter's wandering eye. Delilah strikes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Whorf
CAST:  Philip Dorn  •  Mary Astor  •  Felix Bressart  •  Gloria Grahame

The Story Lady (1991)

When Grace comes to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she is eager to find a way to be useful in the community. She loves to read stories to children, and decides to read one on public access television. The response is so strong that a large company hears ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Elikann
CAST:  Jessica Tandy  •  Stephanie Zimbalist  •  Lisa Jakub  •  Mary Pat Gleason

When Grace comes to live with her daughter and son-in-law, she is eager to find a way to be useful in the community. She loves to read stories to children, and decides to read one on public access television. The response is so strong that a large company hears ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Elikann
CAST:  Jessica Tandy  •  Stephanie Zimbalist  •  Lisa Jakub  •  Mary Pat Gleason

The Light in the Forest (1958)

A young white man who spent his whole life raised by a Native American tribe is sent to live with his true family and must learn to fit in with the people he was taught to hate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herschel Daugherty
CAST:  Fess Parker  •  Wendell Corey  •  Joanne Dru  •  James MacArthur

A young white man who spent his whole life raised by a Native American tribe is sent to live with his true family and must learn to fit in with the people he was taught to hate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Herschel Daugherty
CAST:  Fess Parker  •  Wendell Corey  •  Joanne Dru  •  James MacArthur

The House on Carroll Street (1988)

Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Kelly McGillis  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Jessica Tandy

Emily Crane is fired after refusing to give names to a 1951 House Un-American Activities Committee, and takes a part-time job as companion to an old lady. One day her attention is drawn to a noisy argument being conducted largely in German in a neighbouring house, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Kelly McGillis  •  Jeff Daniels  •  Mandy Patinkin  •  Jessica Tandy

Butley (1974)

Butley is set in Queen Mary’s College, London and focuses on two English instructors, Ben Butley, a middle-aged former T. S. Eliot expert whose life is now in a shambles, and his protégé, Joey, a homosexual. With both Joey and his wife leaving, Butley faces a life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Pinter
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Michael Byrne  •  Georgina Hale

Butley is set in Queen Mary’s College, London and focuses on two English instructors, Ben Butley, a middle-aged former T. S. Eliot expert whose life is now in a shambles, and his protégé, Joey, a homosexual. With both Joey and his wife leaving, Butley faces a life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Harold Pinter
CAST:  Alan Bates  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Michael Byrne  •  Georgina Hale

September Affair (1950)

An industrialist and a pianist meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. Unfortunately, this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Joan Fontaine  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Françoise Rosay

An industrialist and a pianist meet on a trip and fall in love. Through a quirk of fate, they are reported dead in a crash though they weren't on the plane. This gives them the opportunity to live together free from their previous lives. Unfortunately, this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dieterle
CAST:  Joan Fontaine  •  Joseph Cotten  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Françoise Rosay

Foxfire (1987)

Annie Nations and her husband Hector loved their life together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when Hector dies, Annie has to decide if she can handle the wilderness on her own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jud Taylor
CAST:  Jessica Tandy  •  Hume Cronyn  •  John Denver  •  Gary Grubbs

Annie Nations and her husband Hector loved their life together in the Blue Ridge Mountains, but when Hector dies, Annie has to decide if she can handle the wilderness on her own.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jud Taylor
CAST:  Jessica Tandy  •  Hume Cronyn  •  John Denver  •  Gary Grubbs

Camilla (1994)

Freda Lopez, an aspiring musician, travels with her husband to the beautiful beaches of Georgia where she befriends Camilla, an odd and exotic elderly woman who plays the violin. When the two embark on a journey together, Camilla reclaims a lost love and makes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta
CAST:  Jessica Tandy  •  Bridget Fonda  •  Elias Koteas  •  Maury Chaykin

Freda Lopez, an aspiring musician, travels with her husband to the beautiful beaches of Georgia where she befriends Camilla, an odd and exotic elderly woman who plays the violin. When the two embark on a journey together, Camilla reclaims a lost love and makes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Deepa Mehta
CAST:  Jessica Tandy  •  Bridget Fonda  •  Elias Koteas  •  Maury Chaykin

Best Friends (1982)

When a professional couple, who have lived and worked together for many years, finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpected difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Barnard Hughes

When a professional couple, who have lived and worked together for many years, finally decide to marry, their sudden betrothal causes many unexpected difficulties. They soon find that being married is often quite different from being "best friends."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Jewison
CAST:  Burt Reynolds  •  Goldie Hawn  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Barnard Hughes

A Woman's Vengeance (1948)

A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Ann Blyth  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Cedric Hardwicke

A cheating husband is charged in the poisoning death of his invalid wife, in spite of other women and suicide also being suspected.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Zoltan Korda
CAST:  Charles Boyer  •  Ann Blyth  •  Jessica Tandy  •  Cedric Hardwicke
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