Judy Holliday's screen persona as the smartest, ditziest blonde ever turned into Hollywood gold when she won a coveted Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Dawn in the 1950 film Born Yesterday. Denver Public Library hosts a free screening of this film on Tuesday, July 9.
Holliday first played the character Billie Dawn on Broadway in 1946. She won the chance to bring the character to the screen in 1950 after her groundbreaking role in the Hepburn and Tracy classic Adam's Rib in which she plays another befuddled wife who turns to violence to win back her philandering husband. When she collected the 1950 Academy Award for best actress for Born Yesterday, Judy Holliday beat out Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard), Anne Baxter (All About Eve) and most spectacularly, Bette Davis (All About Eve). I'm a big Bette Davis fan, but Judy deserved the award. Join us on Tuesday night and find out why.
Born Yesterday (1950)
Tuesday, July 9, 6:30-9 p.m.
Central Library, Level B2 Conference Center
Directed by George Cukor. Judy Holliday, William Holden, Broderick Crawford.
“New York-born comedienne Holliday had her first real film break in 1949 as the wronged wife in the Tracy-Hepburn comedy Adam's Rib, and her solid supporting turn helped her clinch the role of Billie in Born Yesterday, a role she'd done on Broadway. With its witty screenplay and Pygmalion-like story, the result was pure gold, netting Holliday the Best Actress Oscar for 1950, and jump-starting her film career in earnest. Broderick is wonderfully crude as her pre-occupied husband, and Holden performs the unheralded job of straight man with finesse. But this smoothly paced comedy from master George Cukor is all about Judy.” – John Farr, bestmoviesbyfarr.com. 103 minutes. Not rated.