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Polly Holliday



After eking out a modest living as a piano teacher in Alabama and Florida, Polly Holliday switched to acting, spending ten seasons with the Asolo State Theater in Sarasota. In 1973, Holliday headed for New York, where she was cast in Murray Schisgal's Broadway play All Over Town; her director was Dustin Hoffman. All Over Town led to the tiny but pivotal role as a testy secretary in the Dustin Hoffman-Robert Redford feature All the President's Men (1976)--which, in turn, led to Holliday's being cast as wise-cracking waitress Florence Jean "Flo" Castleberry in the TV sitcom Alice (1976-80). Rising to nationwide fame by virtue of her oft-repeated catchphrase "Kiss mah grits!", Holliday earned four Emmy nominations and one Golden Globe Award. In 1980, she was spun off into her own weekly series Flo, which lacked Alice's staying power and was cancelled after a single season. She went on to briefly replace Eileen Brennan on TV's Private Benjamin (1983), and to play Captain Betty in the pilot episode of Stir Crazy (1985). Her film roles of the 1980s included Gremlins (1984), in which she was eminently hissable as Margaret Hamilton clone Mrs. Deagle. Polly Holliday's more recent work has largely been confined to the Broadway stage; in 1989, she received a Tony nomination for her portrayal of Sister Woman in a revival of Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
79% Fair Game
  • Diane Plame
2010
29% The Heartbreak Kid
  • Actor
2007
31% Stick It
  • Judge Westreich
2006
No Score Yet Shady Hill Kidnapping
  • Actor
2003
86% The Parent Trap
  • Marva Kulp Sr.
1998
3% Mr. Wrong
  • Mrs. Alston
1996
71% Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Gloria
1993
42% Moon over Parador
  • Midge
1988
No Score Yet Konrad
  • Bertie
1985
No Score Yet Lots of Luck
  • Lucille
1985
85% Gremlins
  • Mrs. Deagle
1984
No Score Yet The One and Only
  • Mrs. Crawford
1978
No Score Yet Bernice Bobs Her Hair
  • Actor
1976
75% The Front
  • Actor
1976
93% All the President's Men
  • Secretary
1976
No Score Yet W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings
  • Grace
1975

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
Home Improvement
1991-1999
  • Jill's Mother

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