Holliday, Judy

BORN 21 Jun 1922, New York City, New York - DIED 7 Jun 1965, New York City, New York
BIRTH NAME Tuvim, Judith
CAUSE OF DEATH breast cancer
GRAVE LOCATION Hastings-on-Hudson, New York: Westchester Hills Cemetery, 400 Saw Mill River Road

Judy Holliday was born as Judith Tuvim. She was the daughter of Russian-Jewish immigrants. She worked as assistant switchboard operator at the Mercury Theatre that was managed by Orson Welles at the time.

In 1938 she appeared in a nightclub act named "The Revuers". They were accompanied by Leonard Bernstein and others until they split up in 1944. In 1945 she debuted on Broadway in "Kiss Them for Me" and won a Clarence Derwent Award. In 1946 she was in "Born Yesterday". Although she was hardly known in Hollywood she got the part in the movie version as well and it won her an Academy Award.

In 1950 the FBI investigated her on suspicion of communism, but nothing came to light and she wasn't blacklisted. she was highly intelligent, but in 1952 she played dumb at a hearing to avoid having to mention names of communists. In 1954 she appeared next to Jack Lemon in "It Should Happen To You".

More movies followed until she died of breast cancer in 1965, aged only 43. She left behind her young son Jonathan by her ex-husband, clarinetist and conductor David Oppenheim. Jonathan became a documentary film editor. There's a star for Judy Holliday at the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The grave of Judy Holliday at Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson.
Picture by Androom (13 Apr 2010)


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Published: 16 Mar 2019
Last update: 25 Feb 2022