awards & nominations

The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (1983)

Polly Holliday as "Aunt Minerva"

Janet Broderick (Lee Remick) is crushed by a double blow just before Christmas when she suddenly loses her mother, Amanda (Angela Lansbury), and is forced to bankrupt her small business. Stricken with grief, Janet takes to her bed, only to awaken in a mysterious dream world where she finds herself and her children magically reunited with her deceased parents. The group travels back in time to the small Connecticut town where Janet grew up, in the hope of spending one last Christmas together.

Golden Globe (1983)NominatedBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Flo (1980)

The feisty waitress opens a diner in her hometown of Cowtown, Texas.

Golden Globe (1981)NominatedBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Alice (1976)

Polly Holliday as "Florence Jean Castleberry"

After her husband is killed in a trucking accident, Alice packs up the car and her son, Tommy, and heads to Hollywood, dreaming of a singing career. Her car breaks down in Phoenix, forcing her to take a job at Mel's Diner, a greasy spoon where gruff owner Mel barks orders to Alice and her fellow waitresses.

Emmy (Primetime) (1980)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1980)WonBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Emmy (Primetime) (1979)NominatedOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Golden Globe (1979)WonBest Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television