Judy Holliday

Judy Holliday

Highest Rated: 100% It Should Happen to You (1954)

Lowest Rated: 67% The Marrying Kind (1952)

Birthday: Jun 21, 1921

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

This spirited, intelligent actress of stage and screen played variations of the squeaky-voiced "dumb blonde" role in a number of breezy comedies of the 1940s and 1950s. Under her own name, Judith Tuvim, she formed a comedy troupe called "The Revuers," with Betty Comden and Adolph Green. This led to bits in the films "Winged Victory" and "Greenwich Village" (both 1944) and "Something for the Boys" (1945). But it took two Broadway shows, "Kiss Them for Me" and, notably, as the intellectually ambitious moll in "Born Yesterday," to make the newly-renamed Judy Holliday a star. She returned to films with a memorable supporting role in the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn comedy, "Adam's Rib" (1949), then vaulted to stardom the following year when she recreated her stage triumph of "Born Yesterday" in George Cukor's film adaptation. As the airheaded mistress of a shady and rather dull-witted tycoon who turns the tables on him once she's educated, Holliday won an Oscar as Best Actress of 1950 (beating out Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard" and Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in "All About Eve"). For the rest of the 1950s, signed with Columbia, Holliday made a handful of films, delighting audiences as ditzy but surprisingly shrewd types in "The Marrying Kind" (1952), the delightful media satire "It Should Happen to You" and "Phfft!" (both 1953), "The Solid Gold Cadillac" and "Full of Life" (both 1956). Holliday's last film was recreating her stage role in the musical "Bells Are Ringing" (1960). She returned to the stage in the straight play "Laurette" (Taylor) and the musical "Hot Spot" (1952). A heavy smoker, Holliday died of throat cancer in 1965 at the age of 43.

Highest rated movies

The Solid Gold Cadillac
It Should Happen to You
Born Yesterday
Adam's Rib
Bells Are Ringing
The Marrying Kind

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
82% 76% Bells Are Ringing Ella Peterson (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 20% Full of Life Emily Rocco (Character) - 1956
100% 67% The Solid Gold Cadillac Laura Partridge (Character) - 1956
100% 76% It Should Happen to You Gladys Glover (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 53% Phffft! Nina (Character) - 1954
67% 65% The Marrying Kind Florence Keefer (Character) - 1952
97% 85% Born Yesterday Emma "Billie" Dawn (Character) - 1950
96% 86% Adam's Rib Doris Attinger (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet No Score Yet Winged Victory Ruth Miller (Character) - 1944

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1963 1957-1958 1953

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