Starring Judy Holliday

Starring Judy Holliday

9 Episodes

Born one hundred years ago this month, Judy Holliday was a major star for only a decade, but the precious few screen performances she left behind are marvels of virtuoso comic timing and warmly human characterization. Having achieved renown on Broadway for her performance as the ditzy, squeaky-voiced Billie Dawn in Garson Kanin’s hit play BORN YESTERDAY, Holliday was invited to reprise the role on-screen, becoming an overnight sensation and famously beating out both Bette Davis in ALL ABOUT EVE and Gloria Swanson in SUNSET BOULEVARD for the Academy Award for best actress. Noted for her real-life smarts, Holliday would spend her subsequent career tweaking, and often slyly subverting, the “dumb blonde” image she had established in BORN YESTERDAY, bringing shrewdness and poignancy to her performances in films like George Cukor’s prescient celebrity-culture satire IT SHOULD HAPPEN TO YOU and Vincente Minnelli’s musical charmer BELLS ARE RINGING. The latter proved to be Holliday’s final film before her untimely death at age forty-three cut short the brief but brilliant career of one of the finest comic actors to ever grace the screen.

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Starring Judy Holliday
  • Judy Holliday Teaser

    Episode 1

  • Farran Smith Nehme on Judy Holliday

    Episode 2

    The following interview with critic Farran Smith Nehme was recorded in 2020.

  • Born Yesterday

    Episode 3

    Directed by George Cukor • 1950 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Broderick Crawford, William Holden

    Judy Holliday pulled off one of the greatest upsets in Oscar history when she beat out both Bette Davis in ALL ABOUT EVE and Gloria Swanson in SUNSET BOULEVARD for the Academy Award for bes...

  • The Marrying Kind

    Episode 4

    Directed by George Cukor • 1952 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Aldo Ray, Madge Kennedy

    Fresh from the Oscar-winning success of BORN YESTERDAY, Judy Holliday reunited with director George Cukor for this bittersweet blend of comedy and tragedy that proved she was not only a brilliant come...

  • It Should Happen to You

    Episode 5

    Directed by George Cukor • 1954 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Peter Lawford, Jack Lemmon

    Screenwriter Garson Kanin and director George Cukor presciently satirize the rise of “famous for being famous” celebrity culture in this irresistible romantic comedy. With her career going nowhere,...

  • Phffft

    Episode 6

    Directed by Mark Robson • 1954 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Jack Lemmon, Jack Carson

    After several years of domestic squabbles, the marriage of Nina (Judy Holliday) and Robert Tracey (Jack Lemmon) goes “phffft!” Upon receiving their divorce papers, Nina and Robert are certain that the...

  • Full of Life

    Episode 7

    Directed by Richard Quine • 1956 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Richard Conte, Salvatore Baccaloni

    One of the first Hollywood films to depict the realities of pregnancy is an earthy, slice-of-life look at the marriage of Emily (Judy Holliday) and Nick Rocco (Richard Conte), a couple ant...

  • The Solid Gold Cadillac

    Episode 8

    Directed by Richard Quine • 1956 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Paul Douglas, Fred Clark

    Judy Holliday takes on capitalist corruption in this spirited comedy adapted from the hit Broadway play by George S. Kaufman and Howard Teichmann. During a shareholder meeting of the International P...

  • Bells Are Ringing

    Episode 9

    Directed by Vincente Minnelli • 1960 • United States
    Starring Judy Holliday, Dean Martin, Fred Clark

    Making her final film appearance, Judy Holliday reprises the role for which she won a Tony on Broadway in this musical charmer directed by Vincente Minnelli. Working in a small Manhattan telephon...