18 Facts About Jessica Tandy


Jessie Alice Tandy was a British-American actress.


Jessica Tandy appeared in over 100 stage productions and had more than 60 roles in film and TV, receiving an Academy Award, four Tony Awards, a BAFTA, a Golden Globe Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.


Jessica Tandy acted as Blanche DuBois in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire in 1948.


Jessica Tandy's films included Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and The Gin Game.


The youngest of three siblings, Jessica Tandy was born in Geldeston Road in Hackney, London to Harry Jessica Tandy and his wife, Jessie Helen Horspool.


Jessica Tandy's mother was from a large fenland family in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, and the head of a school for mentally handicapped children, and her father was a travelling salesman for a rope manufacturer.


Jessica Tandy was educated at Dame Alice Owen's School in Islington.

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Jessica Tandy's father died when she was 12, and her mother subsequently taught evening courses to earn an income.


Jessica Tandy was 18 years old when she made her professional debut on the London stage in 1927.


Jessica Tandy entered films in Britain, but after her marriage to Jack Hawkins failed, she moved to the United States hoping to find better roles.


Jessica Tandy made her American film debut in The Seventh Cross.


Jessica Tandy had supporting appearances in The Valley of Decision, The Green Years, Dragonwyck starring Gene Tierney and Vincent Price and Forever Amber.


Jessica Tandy appeared as the insomniac murderess in A Woman's Vengeance, a film noir adapted by Aldous Huxley from his short story "The Gioconda Smile".


Jessica Tandy received a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in the grassroots hit Fried Green Tomatoes and co-starred in The Story Lady, Used People, television film To Dance with the White Dog, Camilla.


Jessica Tandy was chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1990.


In 1932 Jessica Tandy married English actor Jack Hawkins and together they had a daughter, Susan Hawkins.


Jessica Tandy became a naturalized citizen of the US in 1952.


In 1990, Jessica Tandy was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and she suffered from angina and glaucoma.