On This Day In Alabama History: Polly Holliday Played It Mean In “Gremlins”

| June 8, 2019 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

Polly Holliday, a Jasper native, played many roles in a multi-decade career in theater and Hollywood, including her most famous: the sassy Southern waitress Flo in the hit TV series “Alice.” But she debuted one of her more memorable characters on this day in 1984 when the comic-horror movie “Gremlins” was released in the U.S. She played Ruby Deagle, the aged, rich and heartless widow who controls the bank in the mythical town of Kingston Falls, where the gremlins wreak havoc.

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