biography

Born Julia Newmeyer in Los Angeles on August 16, 1933, knockout actress Julie Newmar was a student of piano, dance, and classical ballet as a child. The brainy beauty, with a reported IQ of 135, completed high school at age 15 and eventually enrolled at UCLA. While still a teenager, Newmar went to work in films, appearing in musicals and costume dramas such as Just for You (1952; with Bing Crosby), Serpent of the Nile (1953; with Rhonda Fleming and Raymond Burr), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954; with Jane Powell).

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Cheesecake shots of Julie Newmar

However, by the mid 1950s musicals were past their heyday in Hollywood. So, with her music and dance training, Newmar headed for Broadway, where she was cast in such hits as Silk Stockings (1955-1956; with Don Ameche), Li'l Abner (1956-1958; with Edie Adams and Peter Palmer), and The Marriage-Go-Round (1958-1960; with Charles Boyer). Based on the success of her Broadway performances, Newmar recreated her roles on the big screen in the films Li'l Abner (1959; with Peter Palmer and Leslie Parrish) and The Marriage-Go-Round (1961; with Susan Hayward and James Mason). In the early 1960s, Newmar left Broadway for a full-time film and television career.

the films of julie newmar

Li'l Abner (1959)

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As Stupefyin' Jones in Paramount's Li'l Abner

The Rookie (1960)

Jerry Lester and Julie NewmarPeter Marshall and Julie NewmarPeter Marshall, Julie Newmar, and Tommy Noonan

From the 20th Century Fox comedy The Rookie. LEFT: With Jerry Lester. CENTER: Smooching with Peter Marshall. RIGHT: With Peter Marshall and Tommy Noonan

The Marriage-Go-Round (1961)

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From the 20th Century Fox comedy The Marriage-Go-Round. LEFT: With James Mason. CENTER: Reprising her role as Katrin Sveg in the Broadway play of the same name, Newmar comes between married couple James Mason and Susan Hayward. RIGHT: Newmar has designs on James Mason

For Love or Money (1963)

Gig Young, Kirk Douglas, and Julie NewmarJulie Newmar and Dick SargentJulie Newmar, Leslie Parrish, Mitzi Gaynor, and Kirk Douglas

From the Universal-International comedy For Love or Money. LEFT: With Gig Young and Kirk Douglas. CENTER: Newmar marries Dick Sargent. RIGHT: Julie Newmar, Leslie Parrish, and Mitzi Gaynor get a light from Kirk Douglas

Batman (1966-1968 ABC TV Series)

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As the Catwoman in ABC's Batman

The Maltese Bippy (1969)

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From the Rowan and Martin comedy The Maltese Bippy, released by MGM. LEFT: Newmar as the 300-year-old werewolf Carlotta Ravenswood. RIGHT: Newmar lures Dan Rowan into a trap

julie newmar today

Although Julie Newmar has starred in more than 30 films, she is best known for her work in television, particularly for her brilliant performance as the Catwoman in ABC-TV's series Batman (1966-1968; with Adam West), and also for her first series, My Living Doll (1964-1965; with Robert Cummings); sadly, some of the 26 episodes shot of this well-remembered show are lost.

From the 1970s onward, Newmar's acting career took a backseat to her family life and real estate sales, yet she's managed to appear in the occasional film from time to time. Recently, she was diagnosed with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, which has limited her mobility. For more information about Julie Newmar today, visit the Official Julie Newmar Web Site.

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filmography

FILM
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt (2003) with Adam West, Burt Ward, Lyle Waggoner, Lee Meriwether, Frank Gorshin, and Betty White
One Last Score (1999) with Matthew Modine, John Hurt, Bruce Dern, and Lisa Marie
Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996) with Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson, Meg Foster, Isaac Hayes, George Takei, and Maxwell Caulfield
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) with Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner, Jason London, Chris Penn, and Melinda Dillon
Oblivion (1994) with Richard Joseph Paul, Jackie Swanson, Meg Foster, Isaac Hayes, and George Takei
Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) with Bo Derek, Anthony Quinn, and Don Murray; directed by John Derek
Cyber-C.H.I.C. (1989) with Kathy Shower, Burt Ward, Jack Carter, and Lyle Waggoner
Nudity Required (1988) with Pamela Bach and Troy Donahue
Dance Academy (1987)
Deep Space (1987) with Charles Napier, Ann Turkel, Bo Svenson, Ron Glass, Anthony Eisley, Peter Palmer, and Michael Forest
Evils of the Night (1985) with Aldo Ray, Neville Brand, Tina Louise, John Carradine, and Jerry Butler
Reel Horror (1985) with Catherine Bach, Leslie Caron, John Carradine, Donald Pleasence, Katharine Ross, and Talia Shire
Love Scenes (1984) with Tiffany Bolling, Jack Carter, and Britt Ekland
Streetwalkin' (1984) with Antonio Fargas
Hysterical (1983) with the Hudson Brothers, Cindy Pickett, Richard Kiel, Robert Donner, Murray Hamilton, Clint Walker, and Charlie Callas
Terraces (1977) with Lloyd Bochner
Columbo: Double Shock (1973) with Peter Falk, Martin Landau, Jeanette Nolan, and Dabney Coleman
A Very Missing Person (1972) with Eve Arden, James Gregory, and Ray Danton
The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971) with Barbara Eden, David Hartman, Jo Anne Worley, Herb Edelman, Farrah Fawcett, and Harry Morgan
Up Your Teddy Bear (1970) with Wally Cox, Victor Buono, and Angelique Pettyjohn
McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.? (1970) with Dennis Weaver, Craig Stevens, Peter Mark Richman, Diana Muldaur, Terry Carter, and Raul Julia
The Maltese Bippy (1969) with Dan Rowan, Dick Martin, Carol Lynley, Mildred Natwick, and Robert Reed
Mackenna's Gold (1969) with Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Keenan Wynn, Ted Cassidy, Lee J. Cobb, Raymond Massey, Burgess Meredith, Edward G. Robinson, and Eli Wallach
For Love or Money (1963) with Kirk Douglas, Mitzi Gaynor, Gig Young, Thelma Ritter, William Bendix, Leslie Parrish, Dick Sargent, William Windom, and Alvy Moore
The Marriage-Go-Round (1961) with Susan Hayward and James Mason
The Rookie (1960) with Tommy Noonan, Peter Marshall, Jerry Lester, and Joe Besser
Li'l Abner (1959) with Peter Palmer, Leslie Parrish, Stubby Kaye, Stella Stevens, Billie Hayes, Gordon Mitchell, and Brad Harris
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) with Jane Powell, Howard Keel, Jeff Richards, Russ Tamblyn, and Ruta Lee
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) with Victor Mature, Susan Hayward, Michael Rennie, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft, William Marshall, Richard Egan, and Ernest Borgnine
Slaves of Babylon (1953) with Richard Conte, Michael Ansara, and Linda Christian
The Band Wagon (1953) with Fred Astaire, Cyd Charisse, Oscar Levant, and Nanette Fabray
Serpent of the Nile (1953) with Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan, Raymond Burr, and Michael Ansara
Just for You (1952) with Bing Crosby, Jane Wyman, Ethel Barrymore, and Natalie Wood

TELEVISION SERIES
Batman, 1966-1968 ABC TV series. Newmar portrayed Catwoman from 1966-1967 on a recurring basis.
My Living Doll, 1964-1965 CBS TV series. Newmar portrayed robot Rhoda Miller

links

Official Julie Newmar Web Site
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