Judy Holliday


Judy Holliday Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Judy wrote and starred in the school production of her play, Tucker's Christmas in December 1929, when she was 8 years old.

    • Judy first got public notice when, on December 15, 1933, when she was 12 years old, she won an essay competition for the State Chamber Of Commerce, and her picture was featured in many New York city newspapers.

    • Judy was photographed by Roddy McDowall in the summer of 1960. The photos were used both on theater posters of a play she was starring in at the time, Laurette and the October 1, 1960 issue of Vogue magazine.

    • Judy provided the narration for the "Man Of Letters" episode of the United Nations' radio show Around The World on February 24, 1962.

    • The New York City Council honored Judy by proclaiming December 3 to be "Judy Holliday Appreciation Day" in 2005.

    • Judy's Billie Dawn character from Born Yesterday was the inspiration for the sexy but scatterbrained mouse Billie in Animaniacs.

    • Judy recorded a public service announcement for the American Heart Association in January 1959, to draw attention to the Heart Fund campaign that year.

    • Judy appeared in magazine ads for Purolator Oil Filters in 1952.

    • Judy was summoned to testify before the House Un-American Activities Comittee in in 1952 by Senator Joe McCarthy. She totally fooled McCarthy and the committee as to her knowledge by playing the "dumb blonde" character she had made famous in Born Yesterday (1950) and other movies and avoided naming any names or giving any information about friends of hers who were accused of being Communists. As a result, she was the only person to testify and not give information before the committee that was not blacklisted from Hollywood.

    • Judy was the subject of an FBI investigation in 1950 that accused her of being a Communist. The investigation concluded she had no links to the Communist Party, but damaged her career and she did not appear on radio or television for the next 3 years.

    • Judy received her most famous film and stage role of Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday only after the actress originally chosen for the part, Jean Arthur, resigned from it after several illnesses and complaints interrupted her performances of the character.

    • Judy won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Bells Are Ringing (1957).

    • Judy was given the Clarence Durwent award by the Actors Equity Association in 1945.

    • Judy has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard.

    • Judy's son, Johnathan Oppenheim, currently works as a film editor.

    • Judy was married once, to David Oppenheim, from January 5, 1948 to March 1, 1958.

    • Judy was 5 feet 8 inches tall.

    • Judy lived in the same building as John Lennon where he was murdered outside of on December 4, 1980.

    • Judy had an IQ of 172.

    • Judy was a backstage operator for Orson Welles' Mercury Theater.

    • Judy won the Best Actress Oscar for Born Yesterday (1950).

    • In 1949, film novice Judy Holliday was in awe of her Adam's Rib costar, Katharine Hepburn, and the admiration was mutual. Hepburn talked director George Cukor into aiming the camera at Holliday, not Hepburn, in a few of their scenes together -- including one in which the camera runs uninterrupted, without abandoning Holliday, for five full minutes. Result: the next year, Cukor gave Holliday her first starring film role in his comedy Born Yesterday.

  • Quotes

    • Judy: You have to be smart to play a dumb blonde over and over and keep the audience's attention without extraordinary physical equipment.