Judy Holliday

Judy Holliday and the Blacklisters

Judy Holliday was brilliant. She was a smart and funny, a member of a Village improv group called the Revuers. She was committed to a wide range of political causes, including serving on the radical Voice of Freedom Committee along with Dorothy Parker and Paul Robeson, and supporting the Civil Rights Congress.

Judy Holliday and Lucille Ball

Great review in Jump Cut about Being the Ricardos, the recent biopic about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Of interest to those interested in gender and TV history is its treatment of Judy Holliday, apparently the object of Ball's criticism. Evidence that Hollywood still loves a catfight between powerful women, rather than telling the more complicated and interesting story of two women who had obvious political and artistic differences.

New play about Judy Holliday!

There's a new off-Broadway play--Smart Blonde--about the incredible, funny, and brilliant Judy Holliday.

Holliday was in the comedy group the Revuers in Greenwich Village in the 1930s--Lillian Hellman was a fan! Gary Carey wrote a decent biography of Holliday--Judy Holliday: An Intimate Life Story (don't be totally put off by the title).