Julie Newmar has beauty, brains and a charming sense of humor.
She was born Julia Chalene Newmeyer in Los Angeles, her father, Donald, was an engineering professor, head of the Phys Ed. Department, and head football coach at LACC. He was on the L. A. Buccaneers Wonder Team.
Her mother, Helen Jesmer, was a Ziegfeld Follies girl, said by Eddie Cantor to have the most beautiful legs in the Follies.
Julie graduated high school at 15, then spending a year in Europe with her mother and brother John.
On her UCLA entrance exam, she scored a 99, staying only six weeks, switching to Universal Studios as choreographer, teacher, and dance double.
Not yet 18, she was the original “Golden Girl,” in “Serpent of the Nile,” and was one of the brides in the classic MGM musical “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”
“Silk Stockings” was her first role on Broadway at 19. Then the very “Stupefyin’ Jones” in “Li’l Abner.” She won a Tony for her first speaking role in the hit comedy “Marriage-Go-Round”
Making the transition to TV, in 1966, she created the role of Catwoman in “Batman.” Her sense of humor and physicality made her this show’s most popular villain.
Julie is an entrepreneur having created “Nudemar,” a new design in pantyhose. She also has a successful career in real estate.
Few women have had a movie named after them. Julie’s name literally became box office via “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar,” a film from Stephen Spielberg’s company.
A feud over “quality of life” issues with neighbor Jim Belushi ended amicably in a historic and hysteric guest spot on Belushi’s show.
Julie has a rose, a day lily, and an orchid named in her honor.
Julie will be speaking about her book at the Conscious Life Expo – Sunday, Feb. 12 – 2:00pm-3:00pm Century Room C