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.
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...
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...
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...