Jessica Tandy


Birth Name: Jessie Alice Tandy

Date of Birth: 7 June, 1909

Place of Birth: Hackney, London, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 11 September, 1994

Place of Death: Easton, Connecticut, U.S.

Ethnicity: English

Jessica Tandy was an English and American actress. She won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Driving Miss Daisy (1989).

Jessica was the daughter of Jessie Helen (Horspool) and Harry Tandy. She was married to Canadian-born actor Hume Cronyn, until her death. The couple had two children. She also had a daughter with her first husband, English actor Jack Hawkins. Jessica became a U.S. citizen in 1952.

Jessica’s paternal grandparents were James Tandy (the son of James Tandy and Elizabeth) and Elizabeth Annis Cotton (the daughter of Henry Cotton and Louisa Martha Thatcher).

Jessica’s maternal grandfather was John Thomas Horspool (the son of Thomas Horspole and Sarah Sutherby King). Jessica’s great-grandfather Thomas was the son of William Horspole and Ruth Carwell.

Jessica’s maternal grandmother was Martha Elizabeth Colborn (the daughter of William Colborn and Martha Waddelow). Jessica’s great-grandmother Martha Waddelow was the daughter of John Wadelow and Ann Bastard, who was born, c. 1769, in Norfolk, England.

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