biography

Born Julie Peck in Santa Clara, California, on September 26, 1926, sultry actress and singer Julie London enjoyed a long career in films and the recording industry. Her parents had a vaudeville act and when the act moved to radio in the 1930s, London began singing on the show. In 1943, while still a teenager, she was discovered by agent and former actress Sue Carol and landed her first film role in Nabonga (1944; with Buster Crabbe). At the same time, London pursued a singing career with the Matty Malnech Orchestra. Several more films followed, but when London married actor/producer/director Jack Webb in 1947, she cooled her career to raise a family. After having two daughters, the couple parted ways in 1954, and London eventually went back to acting and embarked upon a highly successful singing career.

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LEFT: Beautiful 1940s photo of Julie London. RIGHT: Late 1950s photo

By chance songwriter/actor Bobby Troup heard London sing at a party. Later, he convinced her to build a nightclub act and then set about securing a recording contract. London signed with Liberty in 1955. An early recording session produced the Billboard smash Cry Me A River, which was followed by a string of hits. London went on to record more than 30 albums on the Liberty label, mostly produced by Troup. Her film career was aided by her popularity as a vocalist, and she starred in a number of memorable films in the late 1950s and early 1960s. After a lengthy courtship, London and Troup married on New Year's Eve 1959. By the early 1960s, London retired again from films, concentrating on her singing career and raising a family with Troup.

the films of julie london

Tap Roots (1948)

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Promotional still from Tap Roots

The Fat Man (1951)

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From the Universal-International mystery The Fat Man, directed by William Castle. LEFT and CENTER: With Rock Hudson. RIGHT: London as Pat Boyd

The Great Man (1956)

Jose Ferrer and Julie London

With Jose Ferrer in the drama The Great Man. Ferrer also directed this film, which is one of London's best

Saddle the Wind (1958) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Robert Taylor and Julie London

With Robert Taylor in the MGM western Saddle the Wind

Voice in the Mirror (1958)

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From Voice in the Mirror, which features London's best performance. LEFT: With Arthur O'Connell. CENTER A: Richard Egan as the alcoholic Jim Burton whose wife Ellen (Julie London) helps him recover and reform. CENTER B: Tense scene with Aruthur O'Connell and Richard Egan. RIGHT: With Richard Egan

Night of the Quarter Moon (1959)

Julie London and John Drew Barrymoore

With John Drew Barrymoore in the scandalous MGM release Night of the Quarter Moon

The Wonderful Country (1959) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Gary Merrill, Jack Oakie, and Julie London

With Gary Merrill and Jack Oakie in the United Artists western The Wonderful Country

The George Raft Story (1961) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Julie London and Ray Danton

With Ray Danton in The George Raft Story. This was London's final theatrically released film

Emergency! (1972-1979 NBC TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

Robert Fuller and Julie London

With co-star Robert Fuller in the long-running NBC drama Emergency!, produced by Jack Webb's Mark VII Ltd.

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Julie London

Image of Julie London's single In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning, released by Liberty

With the success of Julie London's nightclub singing act, Bobby Troup set out to land her a recording contract. However, all the major labels turned London down. She ended up at the newly formed Liberty label, and her signature song, Cry Me a River (Liberty single 55006), was released in 1955 as only the sixth record released by the fledgling label. The song proved to be a huge hit, eventually selling a staggering three million copies. Cry Me a River was also released as a track on her first album, Julie Is Her Name, which kicked off a thirteen-year recording spree at Liberty yielding more than 30 albums. But when Liberty was purchased by Transamerica Corporation (United Artists) in late 1968, London's contract ended and she virtually abandoned her singing career. Her last recording was done in 1980 as an entry on the soundtrack of the Burt Reynolds film Sharky's Machine.

later years

After Emergency left the air in 1977, London retired from show business. In 1995, two serious setbacks---a stroke and the death of her daughter Stacy---left London in poor health. In 1999, Bobby Troup passed away at age 80. London passed away on October 18, 2000. She is survived by two sons, two daughters, and grandchildren.

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TELEVISION
Emergency!: Season One [DVD](1972) DVD
The original TV movie and all 11 first-season episodes--including "The Mascot," "Botulism," "Dealer's Wild," "Publicity Hound," and "Crash"--are featured in a two-disc set. 11 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), Spanish.
Emergency!: Season Two [DVD](1972) DVD
All 21 second-season episodes--including "Kids," "Peace Pipe," "Fuzz Lady," "School Days," and "Audit"--are featured in a three-disc set. Standard; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English (SDH).
Emergency!: Season Three [DVD](1973) DVD
All 22 third-season episodes--including "Frequency," "Alley Cat," "Snakebite," "Computer Error," and "Inventions"--are featured in a five-disc set. 18 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH). **22 episodes on 5 discs. 18 1/4 hrs.**
Emergency!: Season Four [DVD](1974) DVD
All 22 fourth-season episodes--including "The Screenwriter," "Daisy's Pick," "The Firehouse Four," "Kidding," and "905-WILD"--are featured in a five-disc set. 18 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **22 episodes on 5 discs. 18 hrs.**
Emergency!: Season Five [DVD](1975) DVD
All 24 fifth-season episodes--including "The Stewardess," "Pressure 165," "On Camera," "Right at Home," and "The Nuisance"--are featured in a five-disc set. 17 1/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); bonus "Adam-12" episode. **24 episodes on 5 discs. 17 1/4 hrs.**
Emergency!: Season Six [DVD](1976) DVD
All 24 sixth-season episodes-including "The Game," "Fair Fight," "Captain Hook," "The Boat," and "Limelight"-are featured in a five-disc set. 19 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **24 episodes on 5 discs. 19 hrs.**
Emergency! The Final Rescues [DVD](1978) DVD
After the last season of "Emergency!," a series of six follow-up telefilms kicks off with "The Steel Inferno" (1978), as Gage (Randolph Mantooth) and DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) find themselves trapped in a high-rise elevator. With Linda Gray, Julie London. "Survival on Charter 220" (1978) may seem impossible after a midair collision, but Station 18 heads up a heroic rescue. Mantooth, Tighe, Bobby Troup star. The "Most Deadly Passage" (1978) is in Seattle, where John (Mantooth) and Roy (Tighe) discover life-threatening events involving a skydiver and a ferry engulfed in flames. With Jesse Vint, George Wyner. The "Greatest Rescues of 'Emergency!'" (1978) showcases series highlights with thrilling flashbacks after Gage and DeSoto win promotions. Mantooth, Tighe, and London star. "What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing..." (1979) locates the rescue duo in San Francisco, working among brave female paramedics. With Patty McCormack. Gage and DeSoto find no rest at "The Convention" (1979) in Frisco, called into service at multiple sites of medical crisis. Mantooth, Tighe, and McCormack star. 5 1/4 hrs. total on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Barbara Stanwyck Show, Vol. 1 [DVD] DVD
Fifteen dramas--including "The Key to a Killer," "The Secret of Mrs. Randall," "Ironbark's Bride," "Size Ten," and "Along the Barbary Coast"--are presented in a three-disc set. 6 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono. **15 episodes on 3 discs. 6 1/2 hrs.**

FILM
Jayne Mansfield Collection [DVD] DVD
Sex, gangsters and rock 'n' roll blend in "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956), one of the '50s best comedies and the film that made Jayne Mansfield a star. Mob boss Edmond O'Brien coerces agent Tom Ewell into making his talentless girlfriend (Jayne) a singing star. With performances by Little Richard, Gene Vincent, and Fats Domino. Next, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957). Find out in a wildly funny spoof of Hollywood and Madison Avenue. Struggling New York ad man Tony Randall saves his company by convincing sexpot Mansfield to endorse a line of lipstick, only to become a celebrity himself when he's mistaken for her new beau. With Betsy Drake, Mickey Hargitay, and a cameo by Groucho Marx. Finally, a prim English gentleman (Kenneth More) befriends an unruly saloon girl (Mansfield) in the Old West and reluctantly becomes "The Sheriff of Fractured Jaw" (1958). Comedic western also stars Henry Hull, Bruce Cabot, William Campbell. 4 3/4 hrs. total on three discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English; newsreel footage; "Biography" episode.
Nabonga [DVD](1944) DVD
A gorilla named Nabonga warms up to a teenage girl whose plane, which was also carrying a bundle of embezzled cash, crash lands in the Belgian Congo. Years later, Buster Crabbe sets out after the girl and must do battle with villains after the lost booty. With Julie London. 72 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
The Red House [DVD](1947) DVD
A chilling tale of suspense with Edward G. Robinson as a handicapped farmer who lives a reclusive lifestyle with sister Judith Anderson and ward Allene Roberts. Robinson has given strict orders not to visit a mysterious red house located nearby, but when Roberts and farmhand Lon McCallister ignore his wishes, troubling secrets are revealed. Delmer Daves ("Jubal") directs. 100 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English mono. Plays All Regions.
Task Force [DVD](1949) DVD
An exciting, fictional account of the evolution of the use of aircraft carriers during World War II as seen through the eyes of determined Navy officer Gary Cooper, who convinces the government of the vessel's viability and is given command of his own ship after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Jane Wyatt and Walter Brennan also star. 116 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Return Of The Frontiersman [DVD](1950) DVD
A young cowboy (Gordon MacRae) is falsely accused of murder and must race against time to find the real killer and prove his innocence before a posse led by the local sheriff (Jack Holt)--who is also his father--rounds him up. Julie London, Rory Calhoun co-star in this rousing western tale. 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Crime Against Joe [DVD](1956) DVD
A "class of 1945" pin found on a murdered nightclub singer is enough to get struggling artist Joe--a member of that graduating class--locked up for the crime. After a friend furnishes him with a phony alibi, Joe takes it upon himself to catch the real killer, knowing only that it is likely one of his high school classmates. John Bromfield, Julie London, Henry Calvin star in this overlooked noir thriller. 69 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Saddle The Wind [DVD](1958) DVD
Ex-gunfighter Robert Taylor settles down to become a farmer and live out his remaining years free of violence. His new way of life is jeopardized by the arrival of younger brother John Cassavetes, a rebellious young man with an itchy trigger finger. Rugged and dramatic Western drama co-stars Julie London, Donald Crisp. 84 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French; theatrical trailer.
Warner Home Video Western Classics Collection [DVD] DVD
In "Law and Jake Wade" (1958), Robert Taylor stars as a former bank robber who now works as a lawman in a New Mexico town. When he discovers that ex-partner Richard Widmark is about to be hung, he stops the execution, and his less-than-grateful colleague forces him to help find some hidden loot. Henry Silva, Patricia Owens, DeForest Kelley co-star. A reworking of the 1931 Academy Award-winner of the same name, "Cimarron" (1960) stars Glenn Ford as an adventurer who seeks to claim his stake of territory during the Oklahoma Land Rush of the late 1800s. Sprawling Western saga co-stars Maria Schell, Arthur O'Connell, Anne Baxter. Six-disc set also includes "Escape from Fort Bravo," "Many Rivers to Cross," "Saddle the Wind," and "The Stalking Stalking Moon." 10 1/3 hrs. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, French; theatrical trailers.
Western Heroes [DVD] DVD
First, in "Man of the West" (1958), Gary Cooper stars as a former outlaw forced by circumstances to reunite with his old gang, led by his sadistic uncle (Lee J.Cobb), in order to protect those around him. When he agrees to pulling one final bank job with them, things quickly go sour--resulting in tragedy. Compelling Western drama co-stars Julie London, Arthur O'Connell. Then, in "Breakheart Pass" (1976), Charles Bronson is a federal agent n the 1870s tracking down gunrunners. The trail leads to a wild train ride and one plot twist after another. Ben Johnson, Charles Durning, Jill Ireland co-star; based on Alistair MacLean's bestselling novel. Lastly, "The Missouri Breaks" (1976) has Marlon Brando as a bizarre hired gunslinger who employs any means necessary to quash a band of horse thieves. Along the way he tangles with the rustlers' former leader (Jack Nicholson), who has given up his life of crime to be with his primary victim's daughter. With Randy Quaid. Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton; Arthur Penn directs. 5 1/4 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
The Wonderful Country [DVD](1959) DVD
Atmospheric oater stars Robert Mitchum as an American-born pistolero sent into the States by corrupt Mexican governor Pedro Armendariz to broker a gun deal. Fate finds him losing the rifles and breaking his leg, and he's nursed back to health by the unhappy wife (Julie London) of the local Ranger topkick (Gary Merrill). The gunman soon finds himself stuck between a murder charge north of the border and a venge ful boss below. Jack Oakie, Albert Dekker, and baseball great Satchel Paige co-star. 98 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The George Raft Story [DVD](1961) DVD
He was born in Hell's Kitchen, turned down the Sam Spade role in "The Maltese Falcon," and knew real-life gangsters Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky--but, who was the "real" George Raft? This biopic gives the actor's life story a gripping whirl, tracing Raft's (played by Ray Danton) career from his fame-making turn in 1932's "Scarface" to his romance with a beautiful actress (Jayne Mansfield), to his comeback in "Some Like It Hot." With Julie London, Frank Gorshin. 106 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: 8-Movie Collection [DVD] DVD
Episodes from the popular series were re-edited and expanded for these eight theatrical releases. First, "To Trap a Spy" (1965) chronicles U.N.C.L.E.'s attempts to stop a THRUSH assassination plot. Robert Vaughn, David McCallum star. Then, there's an evil double causing problems, in "The Spy with My Face" (1965). With Senta Berger. It's "One Spy Too Many" (1966) for our heroes to deal with when they meet a megalomaniacal foe. Features Rip Torn. "One of Our Spies Is Missing" (1966), focuses on a vanished scientist and a plot to reverse the aging process. With Vera Miles. In "The Spy in the Green Hat" (1967), Solo and Kuryakin go undercover to infiltrate an enemy facility in Sicily. Co-stars Jack Palance, Janet Leigh. "The Karate Killers" (1967) has the agents scrambling to retrieve a secret formula. With Joan Crawford. AKA: "The Five Daughters Affair." In "The Helicopter Spies" (1968), U.N.C.L.E. attempts to intercept a destructive thermal weapon. John Carradine co-stars. Lastly, "How To Steal The World" (1968) concerns a gas that causes people to lose their free will. With Leslie Nielsen. 12 1/4 hrs. total on four discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

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filmography

FILM
The Helicopter Spies (1968) with Robert Vaughn and David McCallum
The George Raft Story (1961) with Jayne Mansfield, Barbara Nichols, and Ray Danton
The Third Voice (1960) with Edmund O'Brien and Laraine Day
Night of the Quarter Moon (1959) with John Drew Barrymoore, Agnes Moorehead, Nat 'King' Cole, and Ray Anthony
A Question of Adultery (1959) with Anthony Steel
The Wonderful Country (1959) with Robert Mitchum, Gary Merrill, and Jack Oakie
Man of the West (1958) with Gary Cooper, Lee J. Cobb, and Jack Lord
Saddle the Wind (1958) with Robert Taylor and John Cassavetes
Voice in the Mirror (1958) with Richard Egan, Troy Donahue, and Peggy Converse
Drango (1957) with Jeff Chandler, Joanne Dru, and John Lupton
Crime Against Joe (1956) with John Bromfield, Joyce Jameson, and Rhodes Reason
The Great Man (1956) with Jose Ferrer and Dean Jagger
The Girl Can't Help It (1956) with Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, Ray Anthony, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Gene Vincent, and Eddie Cochran
The Fighting Chance (1955) with Rod Cameron and Mel Welles
The Fat Man (1951) with Rock Hudson and Jayne Meadows
Return of the Frontiersman (1950) with Gordon MacRae and Rory Calhoun
Task Force (1949) with Gary Cooper and Bruce Bennett
Tap Roots (1948) with Van Heflin, Susan Hayward, Boris Karloff, and Richard Long
The Red House (1947) with Edward G. Robinson and Rory Calhoun
A Night in Paradise (1946) with Merle Oberon and Turhan Bey
Diamond Horseshoe (1945) with Betty Grable, Dick Haymes, and Margaret Dumont
On Stage Everybody (1945) with Peggy Ryan and Jack Oakie
Nabonga (1944) with Buster Crabbe, Fifi D'Orsay, and Ray 'Crash' Corrigan

TELEVISION SERIES
Emergency, 1972-1977 NBC TV series. London portrayed Nurse Dixie McCall
Frances Langford Presents, 1959-1960 TV series

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
The Match Game, 1973-1981 CBS-TV game show. London appeared several times during the 1975-1976 season
Tattletales, 1974-1978 CBS-TV game show. London appeared with husband Bobby Troup numerous times.
Adam-12, episode Lost and Found, originally aired October 4, 1972
The Big Valley, episode They Called Her Delilah, originally aired September 30, 1968
The Man from U.N.C.L.E., episode The Prince of Darkness Affair: Part II, originally aired October 9, 1967
I Spy, episode Three Hours On a Sunday, originally aired December 8, 1965
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, episode Crimson Witness, originally aired January 4, 1965
The Dick Powell Show, episode Charlie's Duet, originally aired March 19, 1963
The Eleventh Hour, episode Like a Diamond in the Sky, originally aired February 13, 1963
Follow the Sun, episode Night Song, originally aired November 26, 1961
Checkmate, episode Goodbye Grief, originally aired April 15, 1961
The Barbara Stanwyck Show, episode Night Visitors, originally aired January 9, 1961
Hong Kong, episode Suitable For Framing, originally aired January 4, 1961
Rawhide, episode Incident at Rojo Canyon, originally aired September 30, 1960
Laramie, episode Queen of Diamonds, originally aired September 20, 1960
Adventures in Paradise, episode Mission to Manila, originally aired November 30, 1959
Zane Grey Theater, episode A Time to Live, originally aired April 5, 1957
Additionally, London did numerous commercials for Marlboro in the 1950s and 1960s.

links

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