Theatre: Driving Miss Daisy
"An old nigger
and an old Jew woman takin' off down the road together. That is one sorry sight."
: "Hoke?" Hoke Colburn
: "Yes'm?" Daisy Werthan
: "You're my best friend." Hoke Colburn
: "Oh, go on Miss Daisy..." Daisy Werthan
: "No, really. You are... you are." Hoke Colburn
The 1987 Pulitzer-Prize winner for Drama, Driving Miss Daisy
was later adapted for the screen, by its playwright Alfred Uhry and director Bruce Beresford, into 1989's Best Picture Academy Award winner. The film also made Jessica Tandy, age 80, the oldest winner of the Best Actress Oscar.
This play chronicles 25 years in the life of an elderly Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan, and her Black chauffeur, Hoke Colburn. He's hired by her son, Boolie, when she can no longer drive herself. At first, Ms. Daisy objects to the changes in her life. But eventually, the two transcend their differences to become lifelong friends. The play was based on real people: Uhry's grandmother and her retainer.
This movie is not exceptionally well remembered today. Indeed, lots of people only know about it due to being one of the earlier lead roles of Morgan Freeman
and for the controversy of it winning when Do the Right Thing
wasn't even nominated (although it isn't, and was never intended to be, about race relations
, unlike the latter film). And sometimes for being called "bullshit" in Public Enemy
's "Burn Hollywood Burn".
Recently revived on Broadway with James Earl Jones
and Angela Lansbury
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