Born Yesterday (1950)

2012 National Film Registry

Judy Holliday’s sparkling lead performance as not-so-dumb “dumb blonde” Billie Dawn anchors this comedy classic based on Garson Kanin’s play and directed for the screen by George Cukor. Holliday’s work in the film (a role she had previously played on Broadway) was honored with the Academy Award for best actress and has endured as one of the era’s most finely realized comedy performances.

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