Way before Fran Dressler and her distinctive voice was JUDY HOLLIDAY (1921-1965), born Judith Tuvim, was beautiful and funny, a wonderful combination.
Haven't you seen Born Yesterday (1950)? This was the first film I ever watched of Judy Holliday's. I loved it. It was later remade with Melanie Griffith in Judy's role. It's a good story. The original film with Judy was better. Judy took home the Best Actress Oscar that year and rightly deserved.
Watch this and then see these other four films.
Bells Are Ringing (1960) I found this little gem after another film on a tape I'd recorded, leaving the VCR to run one night, after I'd gone to bed. It turned out to be this nice musical about a gal who works as a telephone operator for a small answering service. It's a great romantic comedy that also stars Dean Martin. Judy Holliday's dresses are beautiful and the singing and dancing are enchanting.
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1956) This film may be my favorite Judy Holliday picture. It demonstrates how one person can make a difference to so many others. The story is about one stockholder with a measly ten shares bringing the corrupt executives of a large corporation to their knees. It's a very funny movie.
It Should Happen to You (1954) You just can't go wrong with any Judy Holliday comedy. Once again, Judy is wonderful. Here, she plays Gladys Glover who is tired of being a nobody in New York. To make a name for herself, she rents a billboard smack-dab in the middle of Manhattan. At first it shows solely her name. Later, she adds her photograph. She ends up becoming the gal everyone is talking about. This film also stars Peter Lawford and Jack Lemmon.
The Marrying Kind (1952) This one is a drama directed by George Cukor. Judy Holliday and Aldo Ray star as Florence and Chet Keefer, a married couple on the verge of divorce. It's a realistic story and a very good film.
*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve" Date: Mon, Oct 10 2005 / 00:05:00 PST
1950 Won Best Actress in a Leading Role: BORN YESTERDAY