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Judy Holliday
June 21, 1921 - June 7, 1965
Nationality: American
Category: Actress
Subcategory: American Actress

I am not a member of any organization listed by the Attorney General as subversive. In any instance where I lent my name in the past, it was certainly without knowledge that such an organization was subversive. I have always been essentially and foremost an American.


I'm trying to eliminate every vestige of my own personality, style, approach and get into somebody else's skin. Sometimes I feel I've accomplished it. But when I don't, I'm nobody at all, having left myself at home.


I want a part where I can use my own hair, my own voice, and maybe even be literate.


I'm a born and bred New Yorker. I belong here. Everytime I leave it's like losing a leg.


It meant as much to me as winning the Oscar.


Acting is a very limited form of expression and those who take it seriously are very limited people. I take it seriously.


We were wavering around like a ship without a sail.


Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked.


Lovers have a right to betray you... friends don't.


When they thought of me, they always remembered the vacuous Billie Dawn. It was as simple as that.


I hated the whole idea of being an actress. I used to throw up before every performance and cry afterward.


People have a hard time making me dress up to look like a classy gal.


If you can handle a nightclub audience successfully, you can handle anything.


I am not an 'instant' actor... to really do anything, I've got to try it five or six or a dozen times.


Now with all this movie business, everybody's coming around wanting to know everything that's happened since I was four. It's like going to an analyst.


I think Billie is the kind of girl who would let her hips swing loose.


He didn't maintain my illusion of myself, he gave me an illusion of myself. Before I met him, I never thought of myself as an actress. Boy, he sidetracked me in a great way!


The only actress they didn't test was Garbo. Must have been her accent.


We gained a great deal of prestige, but not much money. We liked to work so much we couldn't hide it and the club owners paid us accordingly.


I get very nervous whenever I think about it. I've never done a serious play, and I have such awe of the woman - she's really my only idol. It's going to be a big stretch - certain people come out on stage and your face muscles automatically tense and you get ready to smile.


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