Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Judy Holliday
- You have to be smart to play a dumb blonde over and over again and keep the audience’s attention without extraordinary physical equipment.
- We gained a great deal of prestige, but not much money. We liked to work so much we couldn’t hide it and the club owners paid us accordingly.
- Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked.
- It’s tough when take 1 is technically okay and take 2 has better acting. Out here (Hollywood) they print the first one. That’s the one where we all hit the mark on the floor and who cares about the acting.
- In repose, my face looks as though I had gone through a terrible deal in the last five minutes. I have to disguise the expression and get a glassy-eyed look. That’s something I learned from my dog.
- I’ve always loved words. I ate up all the books I could get my hands on, and when I couldn’t get books, I read candy wrappers and labels on cereal and toothpaste boxes.
- I’m trying to eliminate every vestige of my own personality, style, approach and get into somebody else’s skin. Sometimes I feel I’ve accomplished it. But when I don’t, I’m nobody at all, having left myself at home.
- I want a part where I can use my own hair, my own voice, and maybe even be literate.
- I thought I was learning about show business. The more painful it was, the more important I thought the experience must be. Hating it, I convinced myself it must be invaluable.
- I hated the whole idea of being an actress. I used to throw up before every performance and cry afterward.
Judy Holliday was an American actress and comedian who achieved considerable success on stage and screen during the 1940s and 1950s. She was born on June 21, 1921, in New York City, and her birth name was Judith Tuvim. Holliday began her career in show business as a nightclub singer and performer.
In 1945, Holliday made her Broadway debut in the musical revue “Kiss Them for Me.” However, she gained widespread recognition and critical acclaim for her role as Billie Dawn in the Broadway production of “Born Yesterday” in 1946. Her portrayal of the not-so-bright girlfriend of a corrupt businessman earned her a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play.
Holliday’s success on Broadway led to a film adaptation of “Born Yesterday” in 1950, marking her screen debut. She reprised her role as Billie Dawn in the movie version and received further acclaim, including an Academy Award for Best Actress. Her performance showcased her comedic talent and brought her national fame.
Throughout the 1950s, Holliday continued to excel in comedic roles in films such as “The Marrying Kind” (1952) and “It Should Happen to You” (1954). She was known for her unique blend of wit, charm, and vulnerability. Holliday’s performances often depicted working-class women with a sharp sense of humor and a relatable, down-to-earth quality.
Despite her success, Holliday’s career faced obstacles due to her involvement with left-wing political organizations during the McCarthy era. She was blacklisted in Hollywood for a brief period, but she eventually made a comeback with the film “The Solid Gold Cadillac” (1956), earning another Academy Award nomination.
In addition to her film work, Holliday also appeared on television and stage throughout her career. She starred in her own sitcom, “The Judy Holliday Show,” in the early 1950s and continued to perform in theatrical productions.
Tragically, Judy Holliday’s life was cut short when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent treatment but ultimately succumbed to the disease on June 7, 1965, at the age of 43. Despite her relatively short career, Holliday left a lasting impact with her talent, comedic timing, and memorable performances. She is remembered as one of the great comediennes of her time and a beloved figure in American entertainment.
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