Judy Holliday Overview:

Legendary actress, Judy Holliday, was born Judith Tuvim on Jun 21, 1921 in New York City, NY. Holliday died at the age of 43 on Jun 7, 1965 in New York City, NY and was laid to rest in Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY.


Bright, bouncy blonde New Yorker who, after success on Broadway, came to films in her late twenties and played a few memorably dim-witted but lovable dames, revelling in some witty scripts and winning an Oscar for Born Yesterday. Married jazz musician Gerry Mulligan. Died from cancer of the throat.

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Judy Holliday was nominated for one Academy Award, winning for Best Actress for Born Yesterday (as Billie Dawn) in 1950.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1950Best ActressBorn Yesterday (1950)Billie DawnWon

She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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and the Hollywood Blacklist: Testimony to SISS, 1952

By Lara on Nov 14, 2017 From Backlots

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the Hollywood blacklist, and to mark the occasion, the Classic Movie Blog Association is hosting a blogathon dedicated to the industry members affected by the original blacklist and the secondary one with the publication of Red Channels and the creation of th... Read full article

Warner Archive Blu-ray: and Dean Martin Charm in Bells Are Ringing (1960)

By KC on Mar 2, 2017 From Classic Movies

Director Vincent Minnelli's Bells Are Ringing (1960) has its fans, but I've never felt this musical gets the love it deserves. Perhaps stars and Dean Martin don't offer vocal or dancing pyrotechnics, but they are nevertheless perfectly suited to the genre, giving performances that are ... Read full article

Funny Lady blogathon:

By Caftan Woman on Jun 29, 2013 From Caftan Woman

1921 - 1965 A baker's dozen of film performances and two bona-fide Broadway hits out of five shows does not seem the stuff of legend. When those film performances include one of the Academy's rare Best Actress Oscars for a comedic performance and the Broadway hit was a Tony winn... Read full article

: “Adam’s Rib” Scene Stealer

By Angela on Mar 9, 2012 From Hollywood Revue

When you think of the movie Adam’s Rib, odds are the first people who will come to mind are Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy.? But as delightful as Tracy and Hepburn are, I think Adam’s Rib has one of my favorite supporting casts ever.? It’s got Jean Hagen in her film debut, Tom... Read full article

" You have to be smart to play a dumb blonde".

By Dawn on May 24, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

, began her career in a night-club act, before working in Broadway plays and musicals. Her success in the 1946 stage production of Born Yesterday as "Billie Dawn" led to her being cast in the 1950 film version, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Aw... Read full article

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Judy Holliday Quotes:

Amanda Bonner: And after you shot your husband... how did you feel?
Doris Attinger: Hungry!

Ella Peterson:I'm going back where I can be me, at the Bonjour Tristese Brassiere Company!

Ella Peterson:I'm in love with a man Plaza oh Double 4 Double 3. What a perfect relationship I can't see him he can't see me!

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To help build up Holliday's image, particularly in the eyes of Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn, Katharine Hepburn deliberately leaked stories to the gossip columns suggesting that her performance in Adam's Rib (1949) was so good that it had stolen the spotlight from Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. This got Cohn's attention and Holliday won the part in Born Yesterday (1950).

Following her divorce, she became involved with jazz musician Gerry Mulligan. After learning she had breast cancer and stopped filming, she began writing songs with him. He wrote the music and she wrote the lyrics. . Some of these songs appear on the album "Holliday With Mulligan" which they recorded together in 1961. It was not released until 1980.

During the Broadway musical Bells Are Ringing, she had a brief fling with co-star Sydney Chaplin, the son of Charles Chaplin.

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