PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Barely Legal's Sam Carner and Derek Gregor Pick Best Breakout Performances

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15 Aug 2014

Judy Holliday as Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. Sam here. Although she sadly passed away much too young (and well before my birth), two of Judy Holliday's most significant Broadway performances are preserved on film. I fell in love with her goofy, hilarious and incredibly vulnerable performance as Ella in Bells Are Ringing. But the role that first put her on the map was Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. The original Billie, who played the part out of town had to leave the show, and a very young Judy Holliday took the role on for the Broadway production. She went on to star in the 1950 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award, another brilliantly quirky and open performance.

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