Grand Lady of the American Theatre
Remembering the Forgotten Coast in Cleo Holladay's OYSTERTOWN (click picture for article)
Cleo Holladay and Caddell Burrows in THE SHOW OFF at the Memphis Arena Theatre, 1952
September 26, 1953
Cleo Holladay and Rex Partington were married on September 26, 1953.
New York and Broadway
After marrying, Cleo and Rex appeard on Broadway in the forgettable LUNATICS AND LOVERS with Dennis King.
Minnesota and Regional Theatre
Old Log Theater
After her move to Minnesota in 1963 with husband Rex Partington, Cleo resumed her acting career in earnest; appearing in many local television commercials, doing voice-over work, modeling and starring in dozens of plays at the legendary Old Log Theater in Excelsior, Minnesota. Theater founder, producer and artistic director Don Stolz lovingly (and perhaps rightly) dubbed Cleo Holladay the "Queen" of the Old Log.
AIRPORT - The Disaster Film That Started It All
In the winter of 1969 Hollywood came to Minnesota. The best selling book - of the same name - by Arthur Hailey was adapted for the screen by Hailey and director George Seaton. Shot primarily at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, casting of the supporting roles was done locally. The Trans Global Airlines reservations agent Abby, who has the critical conversation with Inez Guerrero (Maureen Stapleton) was portrayed by Cleo Holladay. Below, is the pivitol scene with Maureen Stapleton and Cleo Holladay.