Judith Tuvim, 21 June 1922, New York, USA, d. 7 June 1965, New York, USA. An actress and singer with an endearing quality and a warm, unique comic style, Hollidays first attempt to break into showbusiness was with Orson Welles and John Houseman at the Mercury Theatre, but she only succeeded in getting a job there as a telephone operator - ironic considering her later memorable role in the musical theatre. Holliday joined some more young hopefuls, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, John Frank and Alvin Hammer, in a nightclub act called the Revuers, who attracted a good deal of attention. In 1945 she made her Broadway debut in the play Kiss Them For Me, and a year later was acclaimed for her performance in the Garson Kanin comedy Born Yesterday. She had taken over the dizzy blonde role after the producers original choice, Jean Arthur, withdrew during the Philadelphia try-out. In 1950 Holliday won an Academy Award when she recreated her part for the Columbia film...
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