Arts patron, mother of Alfred Uhry

Alene Fox Uhry, a longtime local patron of the arts and the mother of Pulitzer-winning playwright Alfred Uhry, died Oct. 16 in Atlanta of congestive heart failure. She was 93.

Uhry was a life director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra board, which honored her as one of its guiding lights.

Alfred Uhry is the author of “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Last Night of Ballyhoo.” Although she did appear in the movie version of “Driving Miss Daisy” — and spent a day with star Jessica Tandy teaching her to speak Southern — Alene Uhry was not the inspiration for Miss Daisy. Her mother, Lena Fox, was the model for that character.

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