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Jessica Tandy in Old Time Radio

During the 1930s, she built a solid reputation on the London stage, Jessica Tandy made her American film debut in the Spencer Tracy vehicle The Seventh Cross.

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"Jessica Tandy in Columbia Workshop Trojan Women"



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Jessica Tandy in the 1980s

Jessica Tandy youngWhen Jessica Tandy won the Academy Award for Driving Miss Daisy (1989) she became the oldest actress ever to win the statue for Best Actress, and solidified her reputation as one of the “Grand Old Dames” of Hollywood. Of course, Ms. Tandy was hardly an overnight success at the age of 80!

Jessie Alice Tandy was born in London, the youngest daughter of a teacher of mentally handicapped children and a traveling rope salesman. During the 1930s, she built a solid reputation on the London stage, appearing in Shakespearean dramas opposite the likes of Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud. She married actor Jack Hawkins in 1932, and began appearing in British films.

After the marriage fell apart in 1940, Jessica moved to the United States. An unconventional beauty, with somewhat stern eyes and hawkish features, Ms. Tandy was passed over for many leading lady roles. However, she was able to find some work in radio, appearing regularly on Mandrake the Magician and other roles. Perhaps the happiest development during this period was her marriage to Canadian actor Hume Cronyn.

Spencer Tracy and Jessica TandyIn 1944, Jessica made her American film debut in the Spencer Tracy vehicle The Seventh Cross. For Tandy, it was an early opportunity to collaborate with her husband, Cronyn was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in his role. The couple would enjoy a great deal of success individually and as a couple on stage and screen over the years.

One of their mutual Broadway appearances was in the two-person play The Four Poster, which they opened in 1951. The play follows a married couple through 35 years together and is set entirely in their bedroom. Although the roles were taken over by other actors, the play is considered the inspiration for the radio drama The Marriage, which starred Cronyn and Tandy on NBC in 1953 and 1954 before making the transition to television.

Jessica won a Tony in 1948 as Blanche Dubois in the original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Playwright Tennessee Williams had travelled to Los Angeles to she her in another of his plays, Portrait of a Madonna, and when he saw her he knew he had found his Blanche.Jessica Tandy Young The 1951 movie version of Streetcar featured most of the Broadway cast, including Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden, but the producers choose to pass over Ms. Tandy in favor of Vivien Leigh, who had greater recognition thanks to Gone With the Wind. Ms. Leigh had played Blanche in the original London production.

Cronyn and Tandy appear in several projects together during the 1950s, including A Delicate Balance and The Gin Game. They also tour the US together, often appearing in older, better known plays, much to Jessica's delight. They played husband and wife in several different films during the 80s, including Cocoon(1985), *batteries not included (1987) and Cocoon: The Return (1988). Her portrayal of a stubborn Southern Jewish matron in Driving Miss Daisy brought her the greatest amount of recognition. In 1990, People Magazine named Jessica Tandy to their list of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World.Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn

Hume and Jessica were married for 52 years. When asked how they managed to stay happy while working so closely together, Jessica explained that they pointedly did not discuss work at home, and that they honored each other's ideas, even when they did not agree. Jessica was diagnosed as having ovarian cancer in 1990. She also suffered from glaucoma and angina. On September 11, 1994, she passed away at her home in Easton, Connecticut, at the age of 85.

A Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6384 Hollywood Blvd honors Jessica Tandy's contributions to Motion Pictures. Hume Cronyn remarried in 1996 to playwright Susan Cooper. He died in 2003 at the age of 91, a victim of prostate cancer.

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    total playtime 14 hours, 59 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 14 hours 59 minutes
      1. Columbia Workshop 401208 057 Trojan Women.mp3
      2. Critics Cirlce Theater 480404 Streetcar Named Desire.mp3
      3. Great Scenes From Great Plays 401124 Tempest.mp3
      4. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490204 World We Made.mp3
      5. Lux Radio Theater 460311 518 Presenting Lily Mars.mp3
      6. Marriage 521024 audition How They Met and Married.mp3
      7. Marriage 531004 e01 PTA 5th Grade Volunteer.mp3
      8. Marriage 531018 e03 Emilys First Formal Senior Dance.mp3
      9. Marriage 531025 e04 Old Friend of Lizs.mp3
      10. Marriage 531108 e06 Bens Shady Client.mp3
      11. Marriage 531115 E07 Liz Fights For Traffic Light.mp3
      12. Marriage 531122 e08 Fred Hetzell Visits From Kansas.mp3
      13. Marriage 531129 e09 Emily Pledges Omega Chi.mp3
      14. Marriage 531206 e10 Liz Takes Up Painting.mp3
      15. Marriage 531213 E11 News Vendors Son.mp3
      16. Marriage 531220 E12 Liz Gets Christmas Job.mp3
      17. Marriage 531227 e13 New Years Eve.mp3
      18. Marriage 540103 E14 Liz Paints Apartment.mp3
      19. Marriage 540110 e15 Weekend in Vermont.mp3
      20. Marriage 540117 E16 Grandfather Clock.mp3
      21. Marriage 540124 e17 Bobby Logan, Emilys Boyfriend.mp3
      22. Marriage 540131 E18 Liz Decides To Get Job.mp3
      23. Marriage 540207 e19 Bens Father 3 Week Visit.mp3
      24. Marriage 540214 e20 Bens Law Firm is Dissolving.mp3
      25. Marriage 540228 e22 Is Liz Pregnant.mp3
      26. Marriage 540307 e23 Filling Out Income Tax Forms.mp3
      27. Marriage 540314 e24 Individuality.mp3
      28. Marriage 540321 e25 Emily Worships Her Father.mp3
      29. Marriage 540328 E26 Ben Arranges Date For Emily.mp3
      30. Stars Over Hollywood 19461211 01 Therell Always Be Robin.mp3
      31. Theater Guild On Air 490227 145 Payment Deferred.mp3
      32. Tony Awards 480328 Antoinette Perry Awards.mp3
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    32 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $4.50
    total playtime 14 hours, 59 min
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      32 shows - total playtime 14 hours 59 minutes
      1. Columbia Workshop 401208 057 Trojan Women.mp3
      2. Critics Cirlce Theater 480404 Streetcar Named Desire.mp3
      3. Great Scenes From Great Plays 401124 Tempest.mp3
      4. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490204 World We Made.mp3
      5. Lux Radio Theater 460311 518 Presenting Lily Mars.mp3
      6. Marriage 521024 audition How They Met and Married.mp3
      7. Marriage 531004 e01 PTA 5th Grade Volunteer.mp3
      8. Marriage 531018 e03 Emilys First Formal Senior Dance.mp3
      9. Marriage 531025 e04 Old Friend of Lizs.mp3
      10. Marriage 531108 e06 Bens Shady Client.mp3
      11. Marriage 531115 E07 Liz Fights For Traffic Light.mp3
      12. Marriage 531122 e08 Fred Hetzell Visits From Kansas.mp3
      13. Marriage 531129 e09 Emily Pledges Omega Chi.mp3
      14. Marriage 531206 e10 Liz Takes Up Painting.mp3
      15. Marriage 531213 E11 News Vendors Son.mp3
      16. Marriage 531220 E12 Liz Gets Christmas Job.mp3
      17. Marriage 531227 e13 New Years Eve.mp3
      18. Marriage 540103 E14 Liz Paints Apartment.mp3
      19. Marriage 540110 e15 Weekend in Vermont.mp3
      20. Marriage 540117 E16 Grandfather Clock.mp3
      21. Marriage 540124 e17 Bobby Logan, Emilys Boyfriend.mp3
      22. Marriage 540131 E18 Liz Decides To Get Job.mp3
      23. Marriage 540207 e19 Bens Father 3 Week Visit.mp3
      24. Marriage 540214 e20 Bens Law Firm is Dissolving.mp3
      25. Marriage 540228 e22 Is Liz Pregnant.mp3
      26. Marriage 540307 e23 Filling Out Income Tax Forms.mp3
      27. Marriage 540314 e24 Individuality.mp3
      28. Marriage 540321 e25 Emily Worships Her Father.mp3
      29. Marriage 540328 E26 Ben Arranges Date For Emily.mp3
      30. Stars Over Hollywood 19461211 01 Therell Always Be Robin.mp3
      31. Theater Guild On Air 490227 145 Payment Deferred.mp3
      32. Tony Awards 480328 Antoinette Perry Awards.mp3
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    32 recordings on 18 Audio CDs
    total playtime 14 hours, 59 min

    Jessica Tandy Disc A001

    1. Stars Over Hollywood 19461211 01 Therell Always Be Robin

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A002

    1. Great Scenes From Great Plays 401124 Tempest

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A003

    1. Columbia Workshop 401208 057 Trojan Women

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A004

    1. Lux Radio Theater 460311 518 Presenting Lily Mars
    2. Tony Awards 480328 Antoinette Perry Awards

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A005

    1. Critics Cirlce Theater 480404 Streetcar Named Desire
    2. Great Scenes From Great Plays 490204 World We Made

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A006

    1. Theater Guild On Air 490227 145 Payment Deferred

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A007

    1. Marriage 521024 audition How They Met and Married
    2. Marriage 531004 e01 PTA 5th Grade Volunteer

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A008

    1. Marriage 531018 e03 Emilys First Formal Senior Dance
    2. Marriage 531025 e04 Old Friend of Lizs

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A009

    1. Marriage 531108 e06 Bens Shady Client
    2. Marriage 531115 E07 Liz Fights For Traffic Light

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A010

    1. Marriage 531122 e08 Fred Hetzell Visits From Kansas
    2. Marriage 531129 e09 Emily Pledges Omega Chi

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A011

    1. Marriage 531206 e10 Liz Takes Up Painting
    2. Marriage 531213 E11 News Vendors Son

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A012

    1. Marriage 531220 E12 Liz Gets Christmas Job
    2. Marriage 531227 e13 New Years Eve

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A013

    1. Marriage 540103 E14 Liz Paints Apartment
    2. Marriage 540110 e15 Weekend in Vermont

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A014

    1. Marriage 540117 E16 Grandfather Clock
    2. Marriage 540124 e17 Bobby Logan, Emilys Boyfriend

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A015

    1. Marriage 540131 E18 Liz Decides To Get Job
    2. Marriage 540207 e19 Bens Father 3 Week Visit

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A016

    1. Marriage 540214 e20 Bens Law Firm is Dissolving
    2. Marriage 540228 e22 Is Liz Pregnant

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A017

    1. Marriage 540307 e23 Filling Out Income Tax Forms
    2. Marriage 540314 e24 Individuality

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    Jessica Tandy Disc A018

    1. Marriage 540321 e25 Emily Worships Her Father
    2. Marriage 540328 E26 Ben Arranges Date For Emily

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