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Jessica Tandy

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Also Known As: Died: September 11, 1994
Born: June 7, 1909 Cause of Death: ovarian cancer
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: Cast ...
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Joined the Birmingham Repertory Company
1927:
Made British stage debut in a small Soho theater, as Sara Manderson in "The Manderson Girls"
1929:
London stage debut in "The Rumor"
1930:
Broadway debut in "The Matriarch," Longacre Theatre
1932:
Played breakthrough role of Manuela in a production of Christa Winsloe's play, "Children in Uniform"
1932:
British film debut in "The Indiscretions of Eve"
1934:
Played Ophelia opposite John Gielgud in the title role of a British production of "Hamlet"
1937:
Played Viola in a production of "Twelfth Night" staged by Tyrone Guthrie at the Old Vic
1938:
Played a leading role in one of her last British films, "Murder in the Family"
1940:
Returned to the Old Vic to play Cordelia in a production of "King Lear" with John Gielgud in the title role
1940:
Decided to move to America with WWII impending and her marriage to actor Jack Hawkins ending; left England with daughter Susan but was only allowed to take ten pounds out of the country; found it difficult to find work acting for a time; considered giving up career
1940:
Met Hume Cronyn when she returned to NY stage in "Jupiter Laughs" with Alexander Knox
1944:
Made US film debut in support of Spencer Tracy in "The Seventh Cross"; also marked first feature film in which she acted with husband Hume Cronyn
1946:
Starred in Tennessee Williams's "Portrait of a Madonna" at the Los Angeles Actors' Workshop (staged by Hume Cronyn) as almost an audition for "Streetcar" while Elia Kazan was in Hollywood directing "Gentlemen's Agreement"
1947:
Originated role of Blanche DuBois in Tennessee Williams's "A Streetcar Named Desire"
1948:
US TV debut in "Portrait of a Madonna"
1951:
First acted opposite Hume Cronyn onstage, "The Fourposter"
1951:
Last feature film for seven years, "The Desert Fox"; played Frau Rommel opposite James Mason as German WWII field marshall Rommel
1954:
Starred as Liz Marriott on own US TV series (opposite Hume Cronyn), "The Marriage", a short-lived comedy-drama which aired on NBC
1958:
First feature film in seven years, "The Light in the Forest"
1963:
Last feature film for 11 years, "The Birds", directed by Alfred Hitchcock
1973:
Had an operation to remove double cataracts
1974:
First feature film in 11 years, "Butley", starring Alan Bates
1981:
First feature film role opposite Hume Cronyn in 35 years, "Honky Tonk Freeway"; was also first film she made since "Butley"
1983:
Starred in a NY stage revival of Tennessee Williams's "The Glass Menagerie"
1984:
Returned to TV for the first time in over two decades to reprise her Tony-winning stage performance (opposite Hume Cronyn) in a PBS presentation of "The Gin Game"
1985:
Collapsed onstage during a performance of "Foxfire" in Los Angeles due to a cardiovascular problem
1986:
Last stage work, "The Petition", opposite Hume Cronyn
1989:
Won Best Actress Oscar for her crusty Southern matron in "Driving Miss Daisy"
1990:
Began battle against ovarian cancer
1991:
Underwent major surgery for her cancer
1992:
Last film released during her lifetime, "Used People"
1994:
Completed work on two features, "Camilla" (her last film with Cronyn) and "Nobody's Fool", released posthumously

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