Cronyn, Hume & Tandy, Jessica

Lovely bust portrait of, and signed by, the celebrated pair renowned for their film and theater successes for over 50 years

Price: $95.00

Description:
HUME CRONYN (1911-2003) Canadian stage and screen actor, often appearing with Jessica Tandy, his wife of 50+ years. At McGill University he studied acting and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In 1934, he made his Broadway debut in “Hipper’s Holiday”. His Hollywood debut was in Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt” (1943). He was in Hitchcock’s “Lifeboat” (1944) and worked on the screenplays of “Rope” (1948) and “Under Capricorn” (1949). He was nominated for a Supporting Actor Oscar for “The Seventh Cross” (1944, Tandy’s screen debut) and won a Tony in Richard Burton’s “Hamlet” (1964). He had TV roles on “The Barbara Stanwyck Show”, “Alfred Hitchcock Presents”, and 2 “Hawaii 5-0” episodes. In 1990 he won an Emmy for the TV movie “Age Old Friends”. Cronyn married Jessica Tandy in 1942 and appeared with her in many memorable stage, film and TV outings, incl. “The Green Years” (1946), “The Gin Game” (1977), “Foxfire” (1982), “Cocoon” (1985), ”Batteries Not Included” (1987), “Cocoon: the Return” (1988), and “Camilla” (1994). They starred in a 1953–54 radio series, “The Marriage” (based on their earlier play, “The Fourposter”). He was inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame in 1979 and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada. JESSICA TANDY (1909-1994) English-born actress, won a Best Actress Oscar for “Driving Miss Daisy” (1989, oldest actress to win that award, also winning a BAFTA and a Golden Globe). She appeared in 100+ stage plays with 60+ film and TV roles. She made her London stage debut at 18. During the 30s, she was in many plays in London's West End, doing Shakespeare with John Gielgud and Laurence Olivier in “Hamlet” and “Henry V”, respectively. In this period, she also worked in British films. She moved to New York in 1940 where she met Hume Cronyn. On radio, she was Princess Nada on “Mandrake the Magician”, then with Cronyn in “The Marriage” 1953–54, and then segued onto TV. She received a Best Leading Actress Tony in the original production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” (1948), sharing the prize in a 3-way tie with Kathrine Cornell and Judith Anderson. She had a supporting role in Hitchcock’s “The Birds” 1963), and a Tony-winning performance in “The Gin Game” (1977 with Cronyn. They were original members of the Guthrie Theater acting company. In the mid-80s she had a career revival, appearing with Cronyn on Broadway in “Foxfire” in 1983 and its TV adaptation in 1987, winning a Tony Award and an Emmy and nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar for “Fried Green Tomatoes” (1991). She had roles in “The Valley of Decision” (1945), “The Green Years” and “Dragonwyck” (both 1946), and “Forever Amber” (1947). Over the next 3 decades, her film career continued sporadically while her Broadway career shined. She won Tonys for “Streetcar”, “The Gin Game”, and “Foxfire.” The beginning of the 1980s saw Cronyn and Tandy working together regularly on stage and TV. “Camilla” was her last performance at 84. In 1986, she was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient and in 1994, they received a special Lifetime Achievement Tony. SP, lovely dual bust glossy portrait of the wonderful acting couple signed by both; undated but likely 1950s.

Condition: Very good
Type:Photograph






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