When Zanuck and Brown’s professional relationship amicably dissolved, the latter proved successful going it alone. He earned his second Best Picture Oscar for his adaptation of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play,
Driving Miss Daisy in 1989. But producing, he
told The New York Times, is a thankless task. “When people look at credits on a movie, like gaffer or camera assistant, they know what they do, but the problem is no one quite knows what a producer does,” he said. “Actually, the producer is the first one on the project and the last one off.” In Brown’s acclaimed ‘50s-era film, Jessica Tandy played Miss Daisy, a Jewish widow living in Atlanta who is forced in her old age to hire a driver. Morgan Freeman reprised his role from the stage production as the driver, Hoke, who shares 20 years with the movie’s title character.