Jessica Tandy/

You are richer for doing things

In 1990, Jessica Tandy became the oldest ever actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Driving Miss Daisy. She was 81.

Born in London, she had first made her name as a British theatre actress working alongside John Gielgud in the 1930s and1940s, before making a spectacular impact as the first actress to play Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire in 1947.

The next forty years or so saw her playing mainly supporting roles in many films including Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and as she moved into old age, the Cocoon films.

But it was in the role of the cantankerous southerner Miss Daisy and her developing relationship with her chauffeur played by Morgan Freeman, for which she is best remembered.