Fans and critics alike fell in love with the Oscar-winning 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy. Alfred Uhry's 1986 play of the same name helped, as did director Bruce Beresford and the stacked cast of Jessica Tandy (Daisy Werthan), Esther Rolle (Idella), Morgan Freeman (Hoke Colburn) and Dan Aykroyd (Miss Daisy's son Boolie).
But don't sleep on the filmmakers' ability to find down-home charm in the busy city of Atlanta as a key factor in the movie winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Tandy's performance as the title character.
Miss Daisy's House
Not much has changed around Daisy's home, which is located in the Druid Hills Historic District. For your own Instagram photo opportunity, swing by 822 Lullwater Road NE.
Here's the fun one. If you've caught live music in Atlanta, you probably know about the Little Five Points shopping district. It's a haven for punks, hippies, train-hoppers and other creative types, and it caters to those crowds with shops like the used clothing store Rag-O-Rama.
Hollywood magic turned Rag-O-Rama into Daisy's go-to grocery store.
In the Castleberry Hill district of Atlanta sits the former Fulton County Supply Co., which is now the Fulton Supply Lofts. It was a stand-in for Boolie's Wertham Bag & Cotton Co.
The former factory space is a go-to filming location in Georgia, as it was used for Sweet Home Alabama, Borat and numerous other films and TV series.
The Synagogue Daisy Attends
Daisy attends services at The Temple (1589 Peachtree Street NE), which was the target of a bomb attack in 1958. The bombers were ignorant about the Jewish Sabbath and carried out their attack on a Sunday morning.
Daisy's African American housekeeper gets laid to rest at the Little Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, which is located on 315 5th Avenue near Decatur (which is not too far from Avondale Estates, the birthplace of Waffle House and the former home of country music legend Bill Anderson).
The Martin Luther King Jr. Speech
The MLK Jr. speech attended by Daisy took place in the historic Biltmore Hotel (817 West Peachtree Street NW). The hotel operated from 1924 to 1982 and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
Additional street scenes were filmed south of Atlanta in Griffin, Ga.
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