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Also Known As: Polly Dean Holliday Died:
Born: July 2, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jasper, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, music teacher

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Actress Polly Holliday played one of the brassiest characters on network television in the 1970s - the sassy, fearless hash house waitress Flo on "Alice" (CBS, 1975-1985). The larger-than-life character was the first of many formidable women Holliday would play over the course of her four-decade career, though none would attain the pop culture icon status of Flo, thanks to her room-clearing catch phrase of "Kiss my grits!" For her scene-stealing role, the Alabama-born actress earned several major awards and nominations. Holliday escaped Flo's orbit by segueing into character roles in films and on stage, but the Mel's Diner waitress remained her most memorable character, earning her a spot in the small screen circle of eternal fame.

Actress Polly Holliday played one of the brassiest characters on network television in the 1970s - the sassy, fearless hash house waitress Flo on "Alice" (CBS, 1975-1985). The larger-than-life character was the first of many formidable women Holliday would play over the course of her four-decade career, though none would attain the pop culture icon status of Flo, thanks to her room-clearing catch phrase of "Kiss my grits!" For her scene-stealing role, the Alabama-born actress earned several major awards and nominations. Holliday escaped Flo's orbit by segueing into character roles in films and on stage, but the Mel's Diner waitress remained her most memorable character, earning her a spot in the small screen circle of eternal fame.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Fair Game (2010)
2.
3.
 Stick It (2006)
4.
 It Must be Love (2004)
5.
 PARENT TRAP, THE (1998) Marva Kulp Sr
6.
 Mr. Wrong (1996) Mrs Alston
7.
 Loss of Innocence, A (1996) Christine Eriksen
8.
 Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Gloria
10.
 Moon Over Parador (1988) Midge
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1961:
Worked as a teacher of music in Sarasota FL public schools
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Appeared with the Asolo Theatre Repertory Company in Sarasota
1972:
Off-Broadway debut, "Wedding Band"
1974:
Acted on Broadway in "All Over Town", directed by Dustin Hoffman
1974:
Made feature film debut in the West German English-language psychodrama, "The Catamount Killing", directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
1975:
Played first major TV-movie role in "The Silence"
1976:
American feature film debut, "All the President's Men"
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Played Florence Jean ("Flo") Castleberry on the CBS sitcom, "Alice"
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Reprised her role from "Alice" on the CBS spinoff sitcom, "Flo"
1982:
Joined the cast of the CBS Army sitcom, "Private Benjamin", when actress Eileen Brennan, playing the commanding officer, was injured; Holliday played a new commander, Major Amanda Allen
1985:
Played Captain Betty in the short-lived CBS sitcom, "Stir Crazy"; succeeded in role by Jeannie Wilson
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Returned to Broadway in a revival of Joseph Kesselring's farce, "Arsenic and Old Lace"
1990:
Returned to Broadway to play Big Mama in the revival of Tennessee Williams's "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; received Tony nomination as Best Featured Actress in a Drama
1995:
Returned to series TV as JoBeth Williams' mother in the CBS drama "John Grisham's 'The Client'"
2000:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway revival of "The Time of the Cuckoo"
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Education

Alabama State Women's College: Montevallo , Alabama -
Florida State University: Tallahassee , Florida - 1960

Notes

Holliday received four Emmy nominations for the role of Florence Jean "Flo" Castleberry--three times as supporting actress on "Alice", once as lead actress on the spinoff "Flo".

Holliday received an honorary D.H.L. from Mount St. Mary's College in 1982.

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father:
Ernest Sullivan Holliday.
mother:
Velma Mabell Holliday.

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