Quotations by Judy Holliday

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Born: Tuesday, June 21, 1921
Died: Monday, June 7, 1965 (43 years old)
Profession: Actress
Nationality: American


Acting is a very limited form of expression and those who take it seriously are very limited people. I take it seriously.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: People, Acting, Expression)

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!
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Thought, Illusion)

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.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Knowledge, American, Lent, Name, Past)

I am not an 'instant' actor... to really do anything, I've got to try it five or six or a dozen times.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Actor)

I could talk about him all day. He's one of the most wonderful things that ever happened to me.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Day, Talk)

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.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: People, Play, Smile, Woman)

I hated the whole idea of being an actress. I used to throw up before every performance and cry afterward.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Idea, Performance, Being)

I suppose that if I could have quit, I would have, because in those days I never wanted to be an actress, the acting was something to do while I waited for a chance to study writing and directing. But I guess I was just meant to be an actress. Because, here I am.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Acting, Chance, Study, Writing)

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

I thought I was learning about show business. The more painful it was, the more important I thought the experience must be. Hating it, I convinced myself it must be invaluable.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Experience, Business, Thought, Learning)

I want a part where I can use my own hair, my own voice, and maybe even be literate.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Hair, Voice, Want)

I was bargaining for time away from Hollywood, and Columbia was bargaining for money. I got what I wanted and they got what they wanted. They knew I was so anxious to do Born Yesterday that I'd have done it for a dollar. They gave me the next best thing.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Time, Money, Hollywood, Yesterday)

I'm a born and bred New Yorker. I belong here. Everytime I leave it's like losing a leg.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Losing)

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.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Home, Personality, Skin, Style, Trying)

I've always loved words. I ate up all the books I could get my hands on, and when I couldn't get books, I read candy wrappers and labels on cereal and toothpaste boxes.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Books, Words)

If you can handle a nightclub audience successfully, you can handle anything.
- Judy Holliday

It meant as much to me as winning the Oscar.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Winning)

It's tough when take 1 is technically okay and take 2 has better acting. Out here (Hollywood) they print the first one. That's the one where we all hit the mark on the floor and who cares about the acting.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Acting, First)

Lovers have a right to betray you... friends don't.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Friends, Lovers, Right)

Nobody can give a good performance unless the authors and composers have written a good part, a fact which is often overlooked.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Performance, Composers, Fact)

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.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Business, Now)

Of course I work hard. Why shouldn't I? Who am I to think I should get things the easy way?
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Work)

People have a hard time making me dress up to look like a classy gal.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Time, People, Dress)

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

They weren't interested in entertainment. They were tough. I learned one trick, which was to be quieter than they were until they had to look at you. It took a lot of agressiveness.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Entertainment)

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.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Work, Money)

We were wavering around like a ship without a sail.
- Judy Holliday

When they thought of me, they always remembered the vacuous Billie Dawn. It was as simple as that.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Thought, Dawn)

You have to be smart to play a dumb blonde over and over again and keep the audience's attention without extraordinary physical equipment.
- Judy Holliday
(Keywords: Attention, Dumb, Play)







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