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Actress Judy Holliday was know for playing dumb but good-natured characters. She won an Academy Award for best actress in the film Born Yesterday.
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After five years of struggle with her illness, Holliday died on June 7, 1965, in New York City.
Judy Holliday's career was paradoxical. Although gifted with intelligence and humor, she consistently portrayed inarticulate nitwits. Gene Lees, who remembered her comedic ability, remarked that "had she lived, Judy Holliday would be, without question, one of our major dramatic actresses."3 In 1948, Holliday married David Oppenheim, a clarinetist. They had one child, but were divorced in 1957.
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