Saturday, November 21, 2020

Benson (1979-1986)

Benson DuBois is the head of household for widowed Governor Eugene Gatling and his eclectic staff.  Benson would later run against his employer.  The cliffhanger season finale ended just before the election results were to be revealed.  Unfortunately it ended up being the series finale as the show was canceled shortly after and viewers never found out who the winner was.  Benson was a spin-off of Soap, a Witt Thomas Harris production.  They later found even bigger success with The Golden Girls (1985-1992) and Empty Nest (1988-1995).  

Location: Governor Eugene Gatling's Mansion
Address: 1365 S. Oakland Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Location Visited: October 2018

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Driving Miss Daisy (1989)

After wrecking her car in a neighbor's hard, Daisy Werthan finds herself at the mercy of Hoke Colburn, a black driver hired by Daisy's son.  She initially scoffs at the idea of being transported all over Atlanta by someone else, but eventually bonds with Hoke as they are both victims of prejudice in 1948.

Driving Miss Daisy was based on Alfred Uhry's 1987 play.  The film was well received by critics and accelerated ;-) to the top of the box office.  It would go on to win four out of its nine Academy Award nominations.  Driving Miss Daisy remains the only off-Broadway play to win Best Picture and just before turning 81, Jessica Tandy is the oldest Best Actress winner.

Driving Miss Daisy was filmed in Druid Hills, Decatur, Griffin, Lithia Springs and Atlanta, GA

Location: Miss Daisy's House
Address: 822 Lullwater Road NW, Druid Hills, GA

Location: Wertham Bag & Cotton Co.
Address: 342 Nelson Street SW, Atlanta, GA

Location: Piggly Wiggly
Address: 1111 Euclid Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA  Rag O Rama

Location: The Church
Address: 315 5th Avenue, Decatur, GA

Little Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Location: The Temple
Address: 1589 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA

Location: Martin Luther King's Speech
Address: 817 West Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA  Biltmore Hotel

Location: Boolie's New Mansion
Address: 1935 Garraux Road, Atlanta, GA

Location: Driving Miss Daisy
Address: Hill Street, between E Broadway Street & W Solomon Street, Griffin, GA

Most of the driving scenes took place in the quaint city of Griffin, which is about an hour south of Atlanta...

near 101 N Hill Street

143 N Hill Street  The Griffin & Spalding Chamber of Commerce

This building is seen again in a later shot...

N Hill Street & W Slaton Avenue

S. Hill Street & Solomon Street

101 N 8th Street - Griffin Post Office

The 6th Street Bridge

Locations Visited: April 2020