Judy Holliday had strong competition for best actress, including Bette Davis and Anne Baxter for "All About Eve" and Gloria Swanson in "Sunset Boulevard." But the brassy blond defied the odds and picked up the Academy Award for her flawless turn as a not-so-dumb mistress of a shady tycoon. And Holliday wasn't the only comedy winner that year, veteran Josephine Hull earned best supporting actress for "Harvey" as the excitable sister of a tippler ( Jimmy Stewart) who believes his best friend is an invisible 6-foot rabbit named Harvey.
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