Gene Kirkwood, a producer on the original Rocky who more recenlty produced HBO’s four-
part Dr. Dre-Jimmy Iovine docu The Defiant Ones, is producing.
The film will focus on Holliday, a nightclub singer who in her early acting career in the 1940s fought back against the overt sexual advances of studio mogul Darryl F. Zanuck during her time as a day player at Fox. She later went on to star on Broadway in Born Yesterday, then won the Best Actress Oscar for George Cukor’s big-screen adaptation starring alongside William Holden and Broderick Crawford.
Holliday paid the price for being outspoken, eventually blacklisted in Hollywood as a communist. She