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Julie Newmar

Here are three delicate songs performed by Annita Ray, chosen to illustrate the glamorous beauty of the fabulous Julie Newmar.
Beauty, brains and a fantastic sense of humor, Julia Charlene Newmeyer (born in 1933 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress, dancer and singer. Her most famous role is Catwoman in the "Batman" television series.
From an early age, Julie studied piano, dance and classical ballet. Her mother was a Ziegfeld Follies girl. She graduated from John Marshall High School at the age of 15, and spent a year touring Europe with her mother and brother. Julie became prima ballerina for the Los Angeles Opera. She attended UCLA studying classical piano, philosophy and French. Julie went to New York and tried out for Broadway musicals. Before she changed her name, she was a "dancer-assassin" in "Slaves of Babylon" (1953) and the "gilded girl" in "Serpent of the Nile" (1953) in which she was clad only in gold paint. She danced in several films including "The Band Wagon" and "Demetrius and the Gladiators". She also worked as a choreographer and dancer for Universal Studios. Her first major role, for which she was billed as "Julie Newmeyer", was as one of the brides in "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954). Her 3 minute Broadway appearance as the leggy "Stupefyin' Jones" in the musical "Li'l Abner" in 1956 led to a reprise in the 1959 film version. Also in 1959, she was the female lead in the low-budget comedy "The Rookie". Newmar first appeared on Broadway in 1955 in "Silk Stockings" which starred Hildegarde Neff and Don Ameche; she also appeared on Broadway in the 1961 play "The Marriage-Go-Round", which starred Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert. She re-developed the role of the Swedish vixen and won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress. Later she appeared on stage with Joel Grey in the national tour of "Stop the World - I Want to Get Off" and as "Lola" in "Damn Yankees!" and "Irma" in "Irma La Douce". Much of Newmar's fame stems from her television career, especially her roles in certain well-remembered television series. Newmar starred as "Rhoda the Robot" in the short-lived TV series "My Living Doll" (1964-1965). She is best known for her 12-episode recurring role in the 1966-67 TV series "Batman" as the "purrfect" villainess, Catwoman (portrayed in the related 1966 feature film by Lee Meriwether and in the series' final season by Eartha Kitt). In 1962, Newmar appeared twice as motorcycle-riding, free-spirited heiress Vicki Russell in the TV series "Route 66", filming on location in Tucson, Arizona ("How Much a Pound is Albatross") and in Tennessee ("Give the Old Cat a Tender Mouse"). She also guest-starred on iconic TV shows "The Twilight Zone", "F Troop", "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Get Smart". In 1967, she guest-starred as April Conquest in the most popular episode of "The Monkees" and as a pregnant princess in the "Star Trek" episode "Friday's Child". She had guest roles in 1970s series "Columbo" and "The Bionic Woman". In the 1980s and early 1990s, Newmar appeared in several films. She also guest-starred on TV shows including "The Love Boat", "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century", "Hart to Hart", "CHiPs" and "Fantasy Island". She appeared as herself in a 1996 episode of "Melrose Place". The 1995 film "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" pays homage to the actress; Newmar herself makes a cameo appearance near the film's end. Still very active, and very beautiful, Julie will appear at fan conventions occasionally.
Enjoy Julie Newmar's shining beauty!

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