Jessica Tandy

Jessica Tandy

About Jessica Tandy

Jessie Alice 'Jessica' Tandy (7 June 1909 11 September 1994) was a British-born stage and film actress, who spent most of her 67-year career in the United States. She acted in more than 100 stage productions and did more than 60 film and TV roles. Born in London to a headmistress and a travelling salesman, she made her professional debut on the London stage in 1927, at the age of 18. During the 1930s, she appeared in a large number of plays in London's West End, playing roles such as Ophelia, opposite John Gielgud's legendary Hamlet, and Katherine, opposite Laurence Olivier's Henry V. In the 1930s, she also worked in a couple of British films. Following the end of her marriage to the British actor Jack Hawkins, she moved to New York in 1940, where she met Canadian actor Hume Cronyn. He became her second husband and frequent partner on stage and screen.