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Judy Holliday is a Actor American born on 21 june 1921 at New York City (USA)

Judy Holliday

Judy Holliday
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Birth name Judith Tuvim
Nationality USA
Birth 21 june 1921 at New York City (USA)
Death 7 june 1965 (at 43 years) at New York City (USA)
Awards Academy Award for Best Actress

Judy Holliday (June 21, 1921 – June 7, 1965) was an American actress, comedian and singer.

She began her career as part of a nightclub 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 an Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She appeared regularly in films during the 1950s. She was noted for her performance on Broadway in the musical Bells Are Ringing, winning a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical and reprising her role in the 1960 film.

In 1952, Holliday was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee to answer claims she was associated with communism.


In 1948 Holliday married clarinetist, and later classical music and television producer and academic David Oppenheim, with whom she had a son, film editor Jonathan Oppenheim, before the couple divorced in 1958. She reportedly had a long-term relationship with jazz musician Gerry Mulligan, but the two never married.

She died from breast cancer on June 7, 1965, aged 43, and was interred in the Westchester Hills Cemetery in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

Holliday has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Blvd.

Best films

Born Yesterday (1950)

Usually with

George Cukor
George Cukor
(5 films)
Orson Welles
Orson Welles
(1 films)
Jean Louis
Jean Louis
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Judy Holliday (15 films)

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Bells Are Ringing, 2h7
Directed by Vincente Minnelli, George Marshall
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Jean Stapleton, Fred Clark, Eddie Foy, Jr., Frank Gorshin
Roles Ella Peterson
Rating68% 3.4468653.4468653.4468653.4468653.446865
Based on the successful 1956 Broadway production of the same name by Betty Comden, Adolph Green, and Jule Styne, the film focuses on Ella Peterson, who works in the basement office of Susanswerphone, a telephone answering service.
The Solid Gold Cadillac, 1h39
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark, John Williams, Hiram Sherman, Neva Patterson
Roles Laura Partridge
Rating74% 3.73993.73993.73993.73993.7399
At a shareholders meeting for International Projects, a billion dollar corporation, John T. Blessington (John Williams) announces that he is replacing Edward L. McKeever (Paul Douglas), the company's founder, president and chairman of the board, as McKeever is resigning to go work for the federal government in Washington DC. Laura Partridge (Judy Holliday), a minority stockholder with just ten shares of stock, drives its arrogant, self-serving executives to distraction with her incessant questioning during this and subsequent meetings.
Full of Life, 1h31
Directed by Richard Quiney
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy
Themes Films about writers
Actors Judy Holliday, Richard Conte, Esther Minciotti, Eleanor Audley, Joe De Santis, Trudy Marshall
Roles Emily Rocco
Rating62% 3.1477953.1477953.1477953.1477953.147795
Writer Nick (Richard Conte) and his wife Emily (Judy Holliday) are expecting their first child. When a necessary home repair proves too costly to afford, Nick must swallow his pride and visit his father, a proud immigrant stonemason with whom he has a difficult relationship, and ask him to do the work. Confronting the issues of religion and family tradition which have separated father and son causes Nick and Emily to reevaluate their lives and the things they value most.
Phffft (1954)
, 1h28
Directed by Mark Robson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays, Films about marriage
Actors Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson, Kim Novak, Fay Baker, Donald Randolph
Roles Nina Chapman Tracey
Rating65% 3.2966853.2966853.2966853.2966853.296685
Nina and Robert Tracey (Judy Holliday and Jack Lemmon), married for eight years, suffer marriage troubles and divorce. Robert takes up with his womanizing Navy buddy Charlie Nelson (Jack Carson) while Nina looks to her interfering mother for guidance. Robert spends the night with Janis (Kim Novak), a Marilyn Monroe-type character who finds the dashing Robert "real cute" but he feels uncomfortable with Janis and other girls he dates. Nina also tries to date other men but fails as she is still in love with Robert. Although they try to ignore each other when they accidentally meet, it is obvious that the past is not dead. Then one night, they find themselves in a nightclub, dancing the mambo together.
It Should Happen to You, 1h26
Directed by George Cukor, Earl Bellamy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon, Michael O'Shea, Connie Gilchrist, Vaughn Taylor
Roles Gladys Glover
Rating71% 3.5966253.5966253.5966253.5966253.596625
The script, by Garson Kanin, is about a naive young woman named Gladys Glover who yearns for fame. Strolling through Central Park, she meets a young handsome man named Pete Sheppard (Jack Lemmon). He is a maker of documentaries (apparently equipped only with a handheld 16mm camera). He is taking brief shots of people in the park. He films Gladys feeding pigeons and introduces himself.
The Marrying Kind, 1h32
Directed by George Cukor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Judy Holliday, Aldo Ray, Madge Kennedy, Mickey Shaughnessy, Ruth Gordon, Sheila Bond
Roles 'Florrie' Keefer
Rating68% 3.44613.44613.44613.44613.4461
The ups and downs of marriage and commitment are realized as a disgruntled and grieving couple recount their marriage to the divorce judge. As the judge attempts to decipher whether or not their love for one another is gone, key moments of their lives together are remembered in this witty comedy/drama.
Born Yesterday, 1h43
Directed by George Cukor, Earl Bellamy
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden, Howard St. John, Barbara Brown, Claire Carleton
Roles Emma 'Billie' Dawn
Rating74% 3.74733.74733.74733.74733.7473
Uncouth tycoon Harry Brock (Broderick Crawford) goes to Washington, D.C. with his brassy girlfriend, Emma "Billie" Dawn (Judy Holliday), and his crooked lawyer, Jim Devery (Howard St. John), to "influence" a politician or two. The lawyer also presses Harry to marry Billie on the grounds that a wife cannot be forced to testify against her husband.
Adam's Rib
Adam's Rib (1949)
, 1h41
Directed by George Cukor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Crime, Romance
Themes Feminist films, Politique, Political films, Films about marriage
Actors Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Judy Holliday, Tom Ewell, David Wayne, Jean Hagen
Roles Doris Attinger
Rating74% 3.7476453.7476453.7476453.7476453.747645
Doris Attinger (Judy Holliday) follows her husband (Tom Ewell) with a gun one day after suspecting he is having an affair with another woman (Jean Hagen). In her rage, she fires at the couple multiple times. One of the bullets hits her husband in the shoulder.
On the Town, 1h38
Directed by Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Seafaring films, Films about music and musicians, Transport films, Films about the labor movement, Films about automobiles, Musical films, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Jules Munshin, Ann Miller, Betty Garrett, Judy Holliday
Roles Daisy - Simpkins' MGM Date (voice) (uncredited)
Rating72% 3.648013.648013.648013.648013.64801
As three sailors – Gabey, Chip, and Ozzie – begin their shore leave, Gabey falls in love with the picture of "Miss Turnstiles", who is actually Ivy Smith. The sailors race around New York attempting to find her in the brief period they have ("New York, New York").
Winged Victory, 2h10
Directed by George Cukor
Origin USA
Genres Drama, War
Themes Transport films, Aviation films, Documentary films about war, Documentary films about historical events, Political films, Documentary films about World War II, United States Armed Forces in films
Actors Lon McCallister, Jeanne Crain, Red Buttons, Edmond O'Brien, Don Taylor, Judy Holliday
Roles Ruth Miller
Rating65% 3.284893.284893.284893.284893.28489
Frankie Davis (Lon McCallister), Allan Ross (Mark Daniels) and Pinkie Scariano (Don Taylor) join the U.S. Army Air Forces with hopes of becoming pilots. In training, they befriend Irving Miller (Edmond O'Brien) and Bobby Grills (Barry Nelson). The five friends go through the training process to become pilots, facing success, failure and tragedy.
Greenwich Village, 1h22
Directed by Walter Lang
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films, Children's films
Actors Carmen Miranda, Don Ameche, B.S. Pully, William Bendix, Vivian Blaine, Paul Hurst
Roles Revuer (Uncredited)
Rating61% 3.099023.099023.099023.099023.09902
In 1922, aspiring composer Kenneth Harvey (Don Ameche) travels from the Midwest to Greenwich Village, New York, where he hopes to interest famed composer Kavosky in his concerto. Kenneth wanders into a speakeasy owned by the brash Danny O'Hare (William Bendix), who wants to put on a musical extravaganza showcasing his singing sweetheart, Bonnie Watson (Vivian Blaine). Danny hopes that the show will make Bonnie a star and make up for the fact that he cost her an opportunity of playing a leading role for Ziegfeld. Danny's other main entertainer, Princess Querida (Carmen Miranda), mistakenly assumes that Kenneth is rich, although the few hundred-dollar bills he innocently flashes are the extent of his traveling money. Danny immediately targets Kenneth as a chump and begins to get friendly with him, but Bonnie disapproves and allows Kenneth to escort her home. At her apartment, Bonnie confesses that when she came to Greenwich Village, she had aspirations to become a poet, and advises Kenneth to be more careful about displaying his money. Danny, jealous of Kenneth and Bonnie's obvious attraction to each other, brings the gang up to Bonnie's apartment for a party, and Kenneth plays some of his concerto for them. The next morning, Danny arranges for Kenneth to move to the top floor apartment and begin writing songs for their show, although Bonnie stipulates that music from Kenneth's concerto must be withdrawn from the show if Kavosky likes it. Meanwhile, Hofer, a former violinist with Kavosky's orchestra, persuades the maestro to hear Kenneth play, which Kavosky reluctantly does to get rid of Hofer. Hofer then lies to Kenneth, telling him that Kavosky wants to perform his concerto at Carnegie Hall, and that they should begin the orchestrations immediately. Kenneth works hard on his music, which he withdraws from Danny's show, even though Bonnie has already written the lyrics. Danny is infuriated, especially when he sees Bonnie and Kenneth kiss, but Bonnie is thrilled by Kenneth's seeming good fortune. Unknown to Bonnie, Danny, who continues to rehearse the numbers using Kenneth's music, is aware of the situation when Hofer swindles Danny out of his life savings, which Hofer (Felix Bressart) says is the down payment on the musicians' wages for the Carnegie Hall performance. Hofer disappears with the money, and Kenneth discovers his treachery after speaking to the surprised Kavosky. The heartbroken Kenneth is on his way home when he sees Hofer returning the money to Danny, who has realized that Bonnie is truly in love with Kenneth. The young composer misunderstands the situation and assumes that Danny and Bonnie were in on the swindle. While Kenneth is angrily packing, Querida questions him and learns of his misapprehension. She then gets him arrested by giving him some bootleg liquor to carry, and while Kenneth languishes in jail, Danny, Bonnie and the others step up their rehearsals and prepare to open the show. On opening night, Danny's right-hand man, Brophy, bails Kenneth out of jail, and the irate composer rushes over to the theater to confront Danny. As he watches from the audience, Kenneth is amazed to see Kavosky conduct his concerto, which has been turned into an elaborate number featuring Querida and Bonnie. Kenneth rushes backstage, where Danny reveals that Kavosky volunteered his services after learning of the swindle perpetrated by Hofer. Danny also advises Kenneth to make up with Bonnie, and after her final number, Kenneth embraces her in the wings.
Something for the Boys, 1h27
Directed by Lewis Seiler
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical
Themes Musical films, Films based on plays
Actors Carmen Miranda, Vivian Blaine, Michael O'Shea, Phil Silvers, Sheila Ryan, Rory Calhoun
Roles Defense Plant Welder (uncredited)
Rating58% 2.910862.910862.910862.910862.91086
After cousins actress Blossom Hart (Vivian Blaine), defense plant worker Chiquita Hart (Carmen Miranda) and inventor Harry Hart (Phil Silvers) each learn that they are heirs to a large plantation in Masonville, Georgia, they travel separately to Masonville, and in the office of lawyer Col. Jefferson L. Calhoun, meet for the first time. As they are all poor, they are thrilled by the inheritance, but when Calhoun takes them to Magnolia Manor, they discover that the once glorious plantation house is now a ruin. In addition, paying the plantation's various property and inheritance taxes will put them deeply in debt. While the cousins are bemoaning their fate, Staff Sgt. Ronald "Rocky" Fulton (Michael O'Shea), who was a well-known orchestra leader before joining the military, arrives with some of his men, including Sgt. Laddie Green (Perry Como). Rockie explains that the married service men of nearby Camp Dixon want to rent rooms in the manor for their wives, who have been unable to live close to their husbands due to a lack of available housing. The men pitch in and help the cousins fix up the manor, although Chiquita is continually bothered by the fact that she can pick up radio programs on the fillings in her teeth. Rocky, who has begun a romance with Blossom, suggests that they put on a musical show to raise funds for the renovations. On the day that "The Old Southern Corn Revue" is to open, Blossom is stunned by the arrival of Melanie Walker (Sheila Ryan), a snobbish, rich woman, who Rocky is forced to admit is his fiancé. Melanie, believing that Rocky has arranged for the manor to be let just for her, imperiously announces the changes she intends to make, and the infuriated Blossom refuses to speak to Rocky. Before the show, Rocky explains to a disapproving Chiquita that he loves only Blossom. The show is a big success, and the next morning, Chiquita advises Blossom to fight for Rocky if she loves him. The snooty Melanie ends up covered with eggs after she tries to work one of Harry's new inventions, and she seeks solace from Lt. Ashley Crothers (Glenn Langan). While the lieutenant is there, he discovers that Harry is hosting a dice game for some of the soldiers, none of whom have wives staying at the manor. Crothers arrests the soldiers and recommends that the house be posted as off-limits for all military personnel. Col. Grubbs approves Crother's suggestion, and soon the wives are packing to leave. Meanwhile, after Harry learns that carborundum from the defense plant got into Chiquita's fillings and is causing her to receive radio programs, he decides to build an invention around the idea. One afternoon, Rocky comes to the house to try to talk to Blossom, who refuses to see him. Rocky is supposed to be on duty for war games, and is captured by the "enemy" army, which has taken over the manor as its headquarters. Hoping to save both his stripes and the manor, Rocky enlists the aid of Chiquita and Harry, who begin building a transmitter to send a message to Rocky's unit via Chiquita's teeth. The message is sent, and the cousins distract the "enemy" army with a song and dance show while Rocky's army assembles for its attack. Soon after, Rocky's side has prevailed in the maneuvers, and in appreciation of Blossom, Chiquita and Harry's help, the off-limits sign is removed and the manor is once again the site of much happiness for the military men and their wives. At a celebratory party, Rocky announces that he has been selected for officer's candidate school, and the happy Blossom reconciles with him.
Too Much Johnson, 1h7
Directed by Orson Welles, John Berry
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Joseph Cotten, Mary Wickes, Arlene Francis, Edgar Barrier, Ruth Ford, Eustace Wyatt
Roles (uncredited)
Rating58% 2.900332.900332.900332.900332.90033
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