Mary Nell Ivey 'Coach' Santacroce


Mary Nell Santacroce was to Atlanta what Helen Hayes was to New York: the "First Lady" of theater. Best known for her role as Daisy Werthan in Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer-winning play "Driving Miss Daisy," she played the part in Atlanta, Moscow, and Shanghai. Primarily a speech and drama teacher at Georgia Tech and Georgia State until 1972, Santacroce emerged as an award-winning actress at the Alliance Theatre.

From the first play she directed at DramaTech to her last ("Journey's End"), she was always called "coach" by the cast.

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