A Streetcar Named Desire


The picture on the main page is painted by renowned artist Thomas Hart Benton. He painted a scene specifically from the play.

Tandy's and Williams' letters to each other
When the original production of A Streetcar Named Desire was in the midst of success, Tennessee Williams wrote to Jessica Tandy ("Blanche"), about a photo that was intended to be given as a Christmas gift to the producer, Irene Selznick. Williams was asked to see if Jessica Tandy (who later appeared in Driving Miss Daisy) would pose for a photographic replica of a Thomas Hart Benton painting. The painting depicts the poker scene from A Streetcar Named Desire with Blanche in the foreground in a racy blue dress. Through a series of letter exchanges, Jessica Tandy reminds Tennessee Williams that his Blanche was not intended to appear as a victim.

About Williams' life

Poetic references in the play

The San Francisco Opera's version of the play.

Pictures used on the site.

Marlon Brando fan site.

Vivien Leigh fan site.

Another picture.

The movie version made #45 on American Film Institute's list of top 100 movies of all time.

Newsweek review of the opera version of Streetcar.


Original 1947 Theater Production    Film Production
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