Polly Holliday

Actor, Music teacher
Actress Polly Holliday played one of the brassiest characters on network television in the 1970s - the sassy, fearless hash house waitress Flo on "Alice" (CBS, 1975-1985). The larger-than-life character was the first of ... Read more »
Born: 07/02/1937 in Jasper, Alabama, USA

Filmography

Actor (29)

The Heartbreak Kid 2007 (Movie)

Beryl (Actor)

Stick It 2006 (Movie)

Judge Westreich (Actor)

The Parent Trap 1998 (Movie)

Marva Kulp Sr (Actor)

Homicide: Life on the Street 1992 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Grisham's The Client 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Wrong 1996 (Movie)

Mrs Alston (Actor)

Home Improvement 1992 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Mrs. Doubtfire 1993 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Moon Over Parador 1988 (Movie)

Midge (Actor)

Stir Crazy 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Gremlins 1984 (Movie)

Mrs Deagle (Actor)

Private Benjamin 1980 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

All the Way Home 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

The Shady Hill Kidnapping 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Flo 1979 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

You Can't Take It With You 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The One and Only 1977 (Movie)

Mrs Crawford (Actor)

Alice 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

All the President's Men 1976 (Movie)

Dardis' Secretary (Actor)

The Silence 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

The Catamount Killing 1973 (Movie)

Miss Paerson (Actor)

A Loss of Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

It Must be Love (TV Show)

Actor

Konrad (TV Show)

Actor

Lots of Luck (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actress Polly Holliday played one of the brassiest characters on network television in the 1970s - the sassy, fearless hash house waitress Flo on "Alice" (CBS, 1975-1985). The larger-than-life character was the first of many formidable women Holliday would play over the course of her four-decade career, though none would attain the pop culture icon status of Flo, thanks to her room-clearing catch phrase of "Kiss my grits!" For her scene-stealing role, the Alabama-born actress earned several major awards and nominations. Holliday escaped Flo's orbit by segueing into character roles in films and on stage, but the Mel's Diner waitress remained her most memorable character, earning her a spot in the small screen circle of eternal fame.

Relationships

Ernest Sullivan Holliday

Father

Velma Mabell Holliday

Mother

EDUCATION

Alabama State Women's College

Montevallo , Alabama
college later renamed the University of Montevallo

Florida State University

Tallahassee , Florida 1960
did postgraduate work there

Milestones

2000

Appeared in the Off-Broadway revival of "The Time of the Cuckoo"

1995

Returned to series TV as JoBeth Williams' mother in the CBS drama "John Grisham's 'The Client'"

1990

Returned to Broadway to play Big Mama in the revival of Tennessee Williams's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; received Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Drama

1985

Played Captain Betty in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Stir Crazy"; succeeded in role by Jeannie Wilson

1982

Joined the cast of the CBS Army sitcom, "Private Benjamin", when actress Eileen Brennan, playing the commanding officer, was injured; Holliday played a new commander, Major Amanda Allen

1976

American feature film debut, "All the President's Men"

1975

Played first major TV-movie role in "The Silence"

1974

Made feature film debut in the West German English-language psychodrama, "The Catamount Killing", directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

1974

Acted on Broadway in "All Over Town", directed by Dustin Hoffman

1972

Off-Broadway debut, "Wedding Band"

1961

Worked as a teacher of music in Sarasota FL public schools

Played Florence Jean ("Flo") Castleberry on the CBS sitcom, "Alice"

Returned to Broadway in a revival of Joseph Kesselring's farce, "Arsenic and Old Lace"

Appeared with the Asolo Theatre Repertory Company in Sarasota

Reprised her role from "Alice" on the CBS spinoff sitcom, "Flo"

Bonus Trivia

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Holliday received an honorary D.H.L. from Mount St. Mary's College in 1982.

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