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Film, stage and TV actress Julie Newmar played Catwoman in the 1960’s TV series Batman. She was also in the musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
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Julie Newmar was born August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California. She made her film debut in 1952 with Just For You. After landing a role in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, she concentrated on the stage. Later turning to TV, she starred in the ensemble of the 1966 TV series Batman. Over 25 years later,
the blockbuster film Batman Returns (1992) would see her vying for the role.
Actress. Born Julie Newmeyer, on August 16, 1933, in Los Angeles California. The daughter of Donald Newmeyer, a football coach, and Helene Jesmer, a Ziegfeld Follies performer, Julie displayed a penchant for the arts at an early age. A devout student of ballet, she was a prima ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera Company before becoming a staff choreographer at Universal Studios.
Julie made her film acting debut with an uncredited appearance in the 1952 musical Just For You, starring Bing Crosby and Ethel Barrymore. After landing a more visible part in the 1954 film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, she concentrated on a stage career. Julie toured nationally in the productions Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, and Irma La Douce. Graduating to Broadway, she was noted for her captivating performances as Stupefyin' Jones in the 1956 production Li'l Abner and as the alluring Swede Katrin Sveg in The Marriage-Go-Round (1958). For the latter production, Julie earned a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress. Now billed as Julie Newmar, she reprised both Broadway roles in the film adaptations - Li'l Abner (1959) and The Marriage-Go-Round (1960).
Turning her attention toward television projects, Newmar starred in the sitcom My Living Doll (1964-65). Shortly after the show’s cancellation, she joined the widely popular ensemble of the 1966 TV series Batman. Cast as the original Catwoman (opposite Adam West, Cesar Romero, Roddy McDowall, and Vincent Price), Newmar beguiled audiences with her onscreen sexuality and curve-hugging catsuit. Although Newmar appeared in only a handful of episodes, her portrayal of Catwoman left an indelible impression on Batman fans. Over 25 years later, the blockbuster film Batman Returns (1992) would see Hollywood's leading ladies vying for the coveted role (eventually filled by Michelle Pfeiffer).
During the 1970s, Newmar made a slew of mediocre television movies, which ranged from the comedies The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971) and Fools, Females and Fun (1973) to the mysteries A Very Missing Person (1972) and The Black Box Murders (1975).
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