Judy Holliday

Actor, Comedian, Singer
This spirited, intelligent actress of stage and screen played variations of the squeaky-voiced 'dumb blonde' role in a number of breezy comedies of the 1940s and 50s. Under her own name, Judith Tuvim, she formed a ... Read more »
Born: 06/20/1921 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (13)

Bells Are Ringing 1960 (Movie)

Ella Peterson (Actor)

Full of Life 1957 (Movie)

Emily Rocco (Actor)

The Solid Gold Cadillac 1956 (Movie)

Laura Partridge (Actor)

Entertainment 1955 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Times 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Phffft! 1954 (Movie)

Nina Tracy (Actor)

It Should Happen to You 1953 (Movie)

Gladys Glover (Actor)

The Marrying Kind 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

Born Yesterday 1950 (Movie)

Billie Dawn (Actor)

Adam's Rib 1949 (Movie)

Doris Attinger (Actor)

Greenwich Village (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Something for the Boys (Movie)

1st Girl/Defense Plant (Actor)

Winged Victory (Movie)

Ruth Miller (Actor)

Biography

This spirited, intelligent actress of stage and screen played variations of the squeaky-voiced 'dumb blonde' role in a number of breezy comedies of the 1940s and 50s. Under her own name, Judith Tuvim, she formed a comedy troupe called "The Revuers", with Betty Comden and Adolph Green. This led to bits in the films "Winged Victory" and "Greenwich Village" (both 1944) and "Something for the Boys" (1945). But it took two Broadway shows, "Kiss Them for Me" and, notably, as the intellectually ambitious moll in "Born Yesterday", to make the newly-renamed Judy Holliday a star.

She returned to films with a memorable supporting role in the Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn comedy, "Adam's Rib" (1949), then vaulted to stardom the following year when she recreated her stage triumph of "Born Yesterday" in George Cukor's film adaptation. As the airheaded mistress of a shady and rather dull-witted tycoon who turns the tables on him once she's educated, Holliday won an Oscar as Best Actress of 1950 (beating out Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard" and Bette Davis and Anne Baxter in "All About Eve").

For the rest of the 50s, signed with Columbia, Holliday made a handful of films, delighting audiences as ditzy but surprisingly shrewd types in "The Marrying Kind" (1952), the delightful media satire "It Should Happen to You" and "Phfft!" (both 1953), "The Solid Gold Cadillac" and "Full of Life" (both 1956). Holliday's last film was recreating her stage role in the musical "Bells Are Ringing" (1960). She returned to the stage in the straight play "Laurette" (Taylor) and the musical "Hot Spot" (1952). A heavy smoker, Holliday died of throat cancer in 1965 at the age of 43.

Relationships

Sydney Chaplin Actor

Companion
involved in 1956

Peter Lawford Actor

Companion

Gerry Mulligan Actor

Boyfriend

Gerry Mulligan

Companion
involved in early 1960s

David Oppenheim

Husband
married on January 5, 1948 filed for divorce in 1957 divorced on March 1, 1958 for a number of years was the dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University left in the early 1990s

Jonathan Oppenheim

Son
born on November 10, 1952 edited films like "Paris Is Burning", "Streetwise" and others

Abraham Tuvim

Father
divorced from Holliday's mother c. 1928

Helen Tuvim

Mother
divorced from Holliday's father c. 1928

Milestones

1962

Final Broadway show, "Hot Spot"

1960

Last film, recreating stage role in "Bells Are Ringing"

1956

Starred in "The Solid Gold Cadillac"

1956

Returned to Broadway as the lead in the musical "Bells Are Ringing"; won Tony Award

1954

Co-starred with Jack Lemmon in "It Should Happen to You"

1952

Called to testify before HUAC

1952

Signed with Columbia

1951

Starred in "Dream Girl" on Broadway

1950

First starring role in films, "Born Yesterday"; won Best Actress Oscar

1949

Returned to films to play a supporting role in "Adam's Rib"

1946

Breakthrough stage role replacing Jean Arthur as Billie Dawn in "Born Yesterday"

1944

Broadway debut, "Kiss Them for Me", playing the first of her signature "dumb blonde" roles

1943

The Revuers moved to L.A.

1943

Began in feature films with roles in "Greenwich Village", "Something for the Boys" and "Winged Victory"

1940

Co-founded, made stage acting debut with "The Revuers" cabaret group, featuring Adolph Green and Betty Comden, Al Hammer and John Frank

1938

Rejected by Yale; went to work for Mercury Theater as a switchboard operator

Performed in Greenwich Village nightclubs with the Revuers and appeared on the radio in a half-hour program on NBC called "Fun with the Revuers"

Raised by mother in NYC

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