Miss Daisy

EMILY: So, are we all ready to go?

LORELAI: I guess so, Miss Daisy.

Lorelai refers to Driving Miss Daisy, a 1989 comedy-drama film by Australian director Bruce Beresford, based on the 1987 play of the same name by Alfred Uhry, who wrote the screenplay. The film stars Jessica Tandy as a wealthy Jewish widow named Daisy Werthan in Atlanta, Georgia, and Morgan Freeman as her chauffeur, Hoke Colburn.

Set in the 1960s and 1970s, the film explores themes of racism against black people, and prejudice against Jewish people, as well as the radical changes occurring in American society. The friendship between “Miss Daisy” and Hoke grows as she becomes more dependent on him, and both characters develop frailties as they age together.

Driving Miss Daisy was well received by critics and audiences alike as a heartwarming film, and a commercial success. It won four Oscars, including Best Picture and a Best Actress award for Jessica Tandy, who at 81 also became the oldest Academy Award winner. As of 2021, it was the last PG-rated film to win Best Picture.

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