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Polly Holliday Biography and Filmography
Polly Holliday
Birthday: July 2, 1937
Birth Place: Jasper, Alabama, USA
Height: 5' 1"
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The normally erudite, soft-spoken and well-mannered Alabama-born actress Polly Holliday had accumulated an extensive theater background by the time she hit it big on 70s TV as the brash, uninhibited, gum-smacking waitress Florence Jean Castleberry (better known as "Flo") on the popular sitcom "Alice" (1976). As a long and respected member of the Asolo Repertory Company in Florida, Polly had toiled long and hard to disguise her Southern slang while building up a sturdy classical reputation. When she won the role of Flo in 1976, however, she let all four burners out as the scene-stealing Southern hash-slinger who delightfully redefined "trailer park trash." The two-time Golden Globe winner and Emmy-nominated actress hit it so big with fans (she introduced the catch phrase, "Kiss mah grits!" to the American vernacular) that she earned her own spin-off, aptly titled "Flo" (1980). The show barely lasted one season despite another Emmy-nomination for her. Polly lost major clout after the show's cancellation and to avoid her now-evident typecasting, she stayed out of the limelight for an indefinite period of time appearing in regional theater. She won renewed respect and critical notice for her Amanda Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie," her Tony-nominated turn as Big Mama in "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," and for her part as the lonely small-town schoolteacher in "Picnic" in 1994. From time to time she has taken on flashy roles in both comic and dramatic films, such as the old crank who meets a freakish end in Gremlins (1984), and on TV, wherein she briefly replaced a seriously injured Eileen Brennan in the series "Private Benjamin" (1981) after Ms. Brennan's near-fatal car accident in 1982. Though Polly never recaptured the dazzling success of her "Alice" years, she has continued at a healthy pace -- mostly in guest spots these days as various wise and opinionated moms and grandmas.
Stick It (2006)
[ Marisa Coughlan ][ Vanessa Lengies ][ Julie Warner ][ Gia Carides ][ Missy Peregrym ]
It Must Be Love (2004)
[ Mary Steenburgen ][ Bonnie Bartlett ]
The Parent Trap (1998)
[ Lindsay Lohan ][ Natasha Richardson ][ Elaine Hendrix ][ Lisa Ann Walter ][ Maggie Wheeler ]
Bright Christmas (1997)
Jill's Passion (1997)
Taps (1997)
A Loss of Innocence (1996)
[ Jennie Garth ]
Mr. Wrong (1996)
[ Joan Cusack ][ Ellen Degeneres ][ Hope Davis ][ Faith Hill ][ Joan Plowright ]
'Twas the Night Before Chaos (1994)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
[ Sally Field ][ Mara Wilson ][ Lisa Jakub ][ Betsy Monroe ]
Amazing Stories: Book Five (1992)
[ June Lockhart ]
A Triumph of the Heart: The Ricky Bell Story (1991)
[ Lynn Whitfield ]
Moon Over Parador (1988)
[ Dana Delaney ][ Sonja Braga ][ Charo ][ Marianne Sagebrecht ][ Regina Case ]
Konrad (1985)
Lots of Luck (1985)
[ Tracey Gold ][ Annette Funicello ]
Gremlins (1984)
[ Phoebe Cates ][ Belinda Balaski ]
The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983)
[ Angela Lansbury ][ Lee Remick ]
Missing Children: A Mother's Story (1982)
[ Soleil Moon Frye ][ Kate Capshaw ][ Mary Regan ]
The Shady Hill Kidnapping (1982)
[ Marsha Grant ][ E Katherine Kerr ]
All the Way Home (1981)
[ Sally Field ]
Good Buddy Flo (1980)
Cabin Fever (1979)
You Can't Take It with You (1979)
[ Blythe Danner ][ Anne Murray ][ Marla Gibbs ][ Joyce Van-Patten ]
Block Those Kicks (1978)
Close Encounters of the Worst Kind (1978)
The One and Only (1978)
[ Kim Darby ][ Mary Woronov ]
Bernice Bobs Her Hair (1976)
[ Shelley Duvall ][ Veronica Cartwright ]
All the President's Men (1976)
[ Meredith Baxter ][ Jane Alexander ]
Luke Was There (1976)
W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975)
[ Conny Van-Dyke ]
Distance (1975)
[ Bibi Besch ][ Lynda Bellingham ]
The Silence (1975)
Pittsville - Ein Safe voll Blut (1974)
  • Played Flo on the tv show "Alice" (1976), which was based on Diane Ladd's character from the movie Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) Both were nominated for the highest awards in their medium for playing Flo, Polly for an Emmy and Diane for the Oscar. They both lost.
  • Polly's huge, award-winning success as Flo on "Alice" (1976) did not endear her to the titular star of the show, Linda Lavin, who was increasingly irritated at having the attention and the show stolen from under her. It was reportedly due to this friction that Polly was encouraged to leave for her own spin-off series "Flo" (1980), which did not succeed. "Alice" (1976) remained a hit for many years after.
  • Was nominated for Broadway's 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Featured Role - Play) for playing Big Mama in a revival of Tennessee Williams' "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."
  • Close friends with actor Dustin Hoffman. They worked together in _All The President's Men (1976)_ and Hoffman tried to get her cast as a producer in Tootsie (1982).

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