Judy Holliday

Born Jun 21, 1921

Judy Holliday was an American actress. Holliday began her career as part of a night-club 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 the Academy Award for Best Actress and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. She appeared regularly in film during the 1950s.… Read More

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1921 Birth Born on June 21, 1921.


1938 17 Years Old Holliday began her show business career in 1938 as part of a night-club act called "The Revuers." … Read More


1944 23 Years Old In 1944, she played a small, but noticeable role as an airman's wife in the Twentieth Century Fox film version of the U.S. Army Air Forces' hit play Winged Victory. … Read More
1945 24 Years Old Holliday made her Broadway debut on March 20, 1945 at the Belasco Theatre in Kiss Them for Me and was one of the recipients that year of the Clarence Derwent Award.
1946 25 Years Old In 1946, she returned to Broadway as the scatterbrained Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. … Read More
1948 27 Years Old 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. … Read More
1949 28 Years Old Kanin, along with George Cukor, Spencer Tracy, and Katharine Hepburn conspired to promote Holliday by offering her a key part in the 1949 film Adam's Rib. … Read More
1950 29 Years Old In 1950, Holliday was the subject of an FBI investigation looking into allegations she was a Communist. … Read More


1952 31 Years Old In 1952, she was called to testify before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee to "explain" why her name had been linked to Communist front organizations. … Read More
1956 35 Years Old In November 1956, Holliday returned to Broadway starring in the musical Bells Are Ringing with book and lyrics by her Revuers friends, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and directed by Jerome Robbins.
1957 36 Years Old In 1957, she won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical.
In 1960 she starred in the film version of Bells Are Ringing. … Read More


1963 42 Years Old Her last role was in the stage musical Hot Spot, co-starring newcomers such as Joseph Campanella and Mary Louise Wilson, which closed after 43 performances on May 25, 1963.
1965 44 Years Old She died from breast cancer on June 7, 1965 at age 43. … Read More
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