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Julie Newmar

 
Birth Place:
Hollywood, CA, USA
Bio:
As an eleventh generation American and a Mayflower descendant, Julie Newmar has beauty, brains and a charming sense of humor. 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 ... (read complete bio)
 
Date of Birth: August 16, 1935 (86)

Birth Place: Hollywood, CA, USA

Bio:
As an eleventh generation American and a Mayflower descendant, Julie Newmar has beauty, brains and a charming sense of humor. 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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1998
Performer
  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1963
Evie/Anya/Ilse/Ginnie
  [Broadway]
1961
Sura
  [Broadway]
1958
Katrin Sveg
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Stupefyin' Jones
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Vera
Vera

Photos

Costumes from the LGBT iconic film, "To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar. Photo

Costumes from the LGBT iconic film, "To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar."

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Date:
07/06/2019
Costumes from the LGBT iconic film, "To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar. Photo

Costumes from the LGBT iconic film, "To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar."

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Date:
06/07/2019
Catwomen Exhibit features Michelle Pfeiffer, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha  Photo

Catwomen Exhibit features Michelle Pfeiffer, Julie Newmar, Lee Meriwether and Eartha Kitt

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Date:
05/16/2019
George Chakiris, LA Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, George Braukman, Julie Newmar, Steve  Photo

George Chakiris, LA Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, George Braukman, Julie Newmar, Steve Nycklemoe, Donelle Dadigan and Carolyn Hennesy

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Date:
07/17/2018
George Chakiris, Julie Newmar, Carolyn Hennesy, Alison Arngrim, Donelle Dadigan, Lee  Photo

George Chakiris, Julie Newmar, Carolyn Hennesy, Alison Arngrim, Donelle Dadigan, Lee Purcell, Marion Ross, Paul Sorvino, Jim Meskimen, Michael Learned and DD Sorvino

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Date:
07/17/2018

 

Stage

Performances
  [Off-Broadway]
Encores! Concert, 1998
Performer

  [US Tour]
National Tour, 1963
Evie/Anya/Ilse/Ginnie

  [Broadway]
1961
Sura

  [Broadway]
1958
Katrin Sveg

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1956
Stupefyin' Jones

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 1955
Vera

Vera

Julie Newmar Biography

As an eleventh generation American and a Mayflower descendant, Julie Newmar has beauty, brains and a charming sense of humor. 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.

From an early age, Julie studied classical piano, ballet, and every form of dance her mother would drive her to lessons for, graduating 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," a statue-come-to-life dancing in "Serpent of the Nile," often times seen on MySpace, YouTube, 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" (Claudette Colbert and Charles Boyer). A contract with 20th Century FOX provided Marilyn Monroe/Jayne Mansfield-type roles in "The Rookie," "The Maltese Bippy,"... In London, she played the ubiquitous love interest of Zero Mostel in the unfinished film "Monsieur Le Coq." She also toured in the National Company, opposite Joel Gray, in "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off." Her legs were insured for $10 million (except in the event of theft).

Making the transition to TV, Julie had many memorable song and dance routines (a Jonathan Winters Special, The Danny Kaye Show, Mike Douglas Show) but is best known for her comedic as well as supernatural roles. She was the complex and alluring motorcycle babe in two episodes of "Route 66" (a role created for her by Stirling Silliphant) and starred in a "Twilight Zone" episode as The Devil. She was claimed again by Jim Aubrey, President of CBS for the lead in "My Living Doll" as Rhoda the robot, still a cult sitcom favorite.

In 1966, urged by her brother at Harvard, she created the role of Catwoman in "Batman." Her sense of humor and physicality made her this show's most popular villain. Similarly popular was her appearance as April the Laundress in "The Monkees Get Out More Dirt". On "Wide, Wide World of Sports," she made three parachute jumps. She was killed off in "Columbo" but slayed audiences as Lola in "Damn Yankees." She was given a chapter in the book "Mothers of Invention" for having created "Nudemar," a new design in pantyhose, appearing in People Magazine.

In the 1980s, Julie appeared in nine films of "presumptive" value while raising her son. A mother at 49 and divorced, she attended UCLA and took courses so she could more effectively run her own real estate business. In 1991, Julie took on the Rosalind Russel role in "The Women," then astonished Broadway in a revival of "Li'l Abner," 42 years after performing in the original production as Stupefyin' Jones in the same costume. In her 60s, she became a modeling sensation in Paris for Thierry Mugler and appeared among the fashion world's most gorgeous divas in George Michael's music video "Too Funky."

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. Literary types from John D. MacDonald to Harlan Coben have written characters based on Julie or alluding to Julie's "special... beautiful and animated... incomparable feminine" personality. She was persuaded by Adam West to re-make Catwoman in his "Return to the Batcave." She also appeared in her own "A&E Biography."

From the '60s into the 21st century, Julie is still fascinating. "Beauty is her business" as well as her passion for art and design and gardening, which have led to a rose, day lily, and an orchid named in her honor. Her magnificent gardens are first choice for L.A.'s top charity events. "Why not? I live in Paradise."

Julie Newmar Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 1959 - Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play Gold Star
Julie Newmar, The Marriage-Go-Round

Julie Newmar News

Cast Announced for Douglas Carter Beane & Lewis Flinn's New Musical HOOD at Asolo Rep Photo Cast Announced for Douglas Carter Beane & Lewis Flinn's New Musical HOOD at Asolo Rep
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 2, 2022

Asolo Repertory Theatre has announced full casting for the new musical HOOD. Five-time Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane reunites with composer and lyricist Lewis Flinn, his Give it Up/Lysistrata Jones collaborator, to bring to life this hilarious and stirring new theatrical adventure.

The Hollywood Museum to Present an Industry Moms Mother's Day Exhibit Photo The Hollywood Museum to Present an Industry Moms Mother's Day Exhibit
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 23, 2022

‚ÄúFor most, our mother is your first friend, your best friend, your forever friend.¬† Our mother‚Äôs love is unconditional and only grows stronger over a lifetime,‚ÄĚ says Donelle Dadigan (Founder/President of the Hollywood Museum).

Drag Performer Lady Bunny Brings AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH LADY BUNNY to the Cataline  Photo Drag Performer Lady Bunny Brings AN INTIMATE EVENING WITH LADY BUNNY to the Cataline Jazz Club
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 8, 2022

New York City drag legend Lady Bunny is set to bring her new show An Intimate Evening with Lady Bunny and Her Greatest Tits! to Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood for one performance only on Sunday, May 1, at 7:30pm, it was announced today by Chris Isaacson Presents and Catalina.

BITTER, BOTHERED AND BEYOND Comes to Renberg Theatre in April Photo BITTER, BOTHERED AND BEYOND Comes to Renberg Theatre in April
by Stephi Wild - Mar 3, 2022

The Los Angeles LGBT Center's Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center has announced the return of the legendary Miss Coco Peru in her new solo show, Bitter, Bothered & Beyond. There will be three performances only at the Renberg Theatre on Friday and Saturday, April 29 and 30, at 8pm, and Sunday, May 1, at 7pm.

Sunday Morning Michael Dale Photo Sunday Morning Michael Dale
by Michael Dale - Nov 14, 2021

Sharing views not only on the current Broadway and Off-Broadway scenes, but offering an appreciative spotlight to Off-Off Broadway artists and other lesser-known entertainers who are just as important in making New York the nation's live performing arts capital. To encourage rather than critique.

Douglas Carter Beane Pens New Book and Directs BABES IN ARMS at Forestburgh Playhouse Photo Douglas Carter Beane Pens New Book and Directs BABES IN ARMS at Forestburgh Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Aug 6, 2021

Rodgers & Hart's Babes in Arms, with a fresh, witty and relevant script by acclaimed playwright, Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane, is the quintessential 'Hey, kids, let's put on a show' musical.

TRIXIE AND KATYA LIVE! Announced at the Eccles Center Photo TRIXIE AND KATYA LIVE! Announced at the Eccles Center
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 16, 2021

Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova announced their first U.S. tour together, Trixie And Katya Live presented by Obsessed and powered by Five Senses Reeling. The tour will kick off March 15 and 16, 2022, in San Francisco, CA, with 20 additional dates throughout the country, including Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Dallas, and more.

Photos: The Hollywood Museum Re-Opens with A Tribute to Ruta Lee Photo Photos: The Hollywood Museum Re-Opens with A Tribute to Ruta Lee
by A.A. Cristi - Jul 7, 2021

The 1st Event In over a year at the Historic Hollywood Landmark Founder/President, Donelle Dadigan and The Hollywood Museum created what can only be described as a first class who's who celebration for friend and museum supporter Ruta Lee, 'the first of what we hope will be many events back at the Museum,' says Ms Dadigan.

Rooftop Cinema Club Announces 10th Anniversary Programming For Los Angeles Photo Rooftop Cinema Club Announces 10th Anniversary Programming For Los Angeles
by A.A. Cristi - May 12, 2021

Rooftop Cinema Club (RCC), creator of the ultimate open-air cinema experience, celebrates their 10th Anniversary this June.

New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of April 5 - Quiara Alegría Hudes Memoir, and Photo New and Upcoming Releases For the Week of April 5 - Quiara Alegría Hudes Memoir, and More!
by Stephi Wild - Apr 7, 2021

Need something new to read, watch, or listen to? Check out this week's list of new and upcoming releases!

Julie Newmar Videos

VIDEO: John Leguizamo Talks Latinx Representation on SiriusXM Radio VideoVIDEO: John Leguizamo Talks Latinx Representation on SiriusXM Radio
by Stage Tube - Sep 10, 2020

Actor, John Leguizamo spoke with SiriusXM Urban View host, Clay Cane about his new film 'Critical Thinking,' a biographical drama about five Latinx and Black teenagers, discussed his controversial tweet about Latinx representation in film and television and about whata??s happening in the world.

VIDEO: Watch Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes & John Leguizamo Talk TO WONG FOO in 1995  VideoVIDEO: Watch Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes & John Leguizamo Talk TO WONG FOO in 1995 on TODAY SHOW
by Stage Tube - Sep 4, 2020

The cast of 'To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar‚ÄĚ appeared on TODAY in 1995 for a series of interviews with anchor Bryant Gumbel. Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo each discussed what it was like getting in drag for the hit film.

VIDEO: On This Day, September 14- Remembering Patrick Swayze VideoVIDEO: On This Day, September 14- Remembering Patrick Swayze
by Stage Tube - Sep 14, 2019

On this day in 2009, the world said goodbye to a luminous star of stage and screen, Patrick Swayze.

VIDEO: John Leguizamo Heads to Netflix in Trailer for LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS VideoVIDEO: John Leguizamo Heads to Netflix in Trailer for LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS
by Stage Tube - Oct 25, 2018

John Leguizamo won't rest until every moron becomes less of a moron. Latin History for Morons comes to Netflix November 5th.

VIDEO: On This Day, September 14- Remembering Patrick Swayze VideoVIDEO: On This Day, September 14- Remembering Patrick Swayze
by A.A. Cristi - Sep 14, 2018

Patrick Swayze, a three-time Golden Globe nominated actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter is best-known as the romantic lead in 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Ghost', and for the 'North and South' TV-series. His first professional job was as a dancer for Disney on Parade. In the 70's, the Texas native moved to New York to further his formal dance training. He studied with the Harkness Ballet Company, and then the Joffrey, before joining the Eliot Feld Ballet as a principal dancer.

VIDEO: On This Day, September 14- Remembering Patrick Swayze VideoVIDEO: On This Day, September 14- Remembering Patrick Swayze
by Stage Tube - Sep 14, 2017

Patrick Swayze, a three-time Golden Globe nominated actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter is best-known as the romantic lead in 'Dirty Dancing' and 'Ghost', and for the 'North and South' TV-series. His first professional job was as a dancer for Disney on Parade. In the 70's, the Texas native moved to New York to further his formal dance training. He studied with the Harkness Ballet Company, and then the Joffrey, before joining the Eliot Feld Ballet as a principal dancer.

Writer, Actor, Activist: A History of John Leguizamo for Morons VideoWriter, Actor, Activist: A History of John Leguizamo for Morons
by A.A. Cristi - Nov 11, 2017

Stage favorite John Leguizamo is prepping to make his highly-anticipated return to Broadway this fall in his original one-man comedic play Latin History For Morons.

STAGE TUBE: Douglas Carter Beane Gives Advice for Creativity in Philadelphia Commencement Address
by Stage Tube - May 23, 2013

Playwright Douglas Carter Beane currently has two shows on Broadway - a new book for Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella and a new play The Nance starring Nathan Lane and directed by Jack O'Brien.

BWW TV Exclusive: Meet the 2013 Tony Nominees- CINDERELLA's Douglas Carter Beane on How He Uses His Five Tony Buttons
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 5, 2013

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was thrilled to sit down and speak with nearly all of this year's Tony Award nominees at the official Tonys Meet & Greet on May 1, 2013, and we will be bringing you special coverage on all of them throughout the awards season. Today we bring you Douglas Carter Beane, a nominee for Best Book of a Musical for Cinderella. Check out what he had to say below!

BWW TV Special: 2012 Tony Nominees - Douglas Carter Beane on Getting His Fourth Nominee Pin!
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 29, 2012

BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge was thrilled to sit down and speak with nearly all of this year's Tony Award nominees at the official Tony Brunch on May 2, 2012, and we will be bringing you special coverage on all of them throughout the awards season. Today we chat with Douglas Carter Beane, nominated for Best Book of a Musical for Lysistarta Jones.


Julie Newmar Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Julie Newmar been in?
Julie Newmar has appeared on Broadway in 4 shows.

How many West End shows has Julie Newmar been in?
Julie Newmar has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Julie Newmar been nominated for?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Marriage-Go-Round .

What awards has Julie Newmar won?
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Play (Tony Awards) for The Marriage-Go-Round.