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Julie Newmar

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Julie Newmar (born August 16, 1933) as Julia Chalan Newmeyer, a statuesque actress, dancer and singer. She is 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs 145 pounds, measures 38-23-38, and has an IQ of 135.

Her first appearances, before she changed her name, were as the "dancer-assassin" in Slaves of Babylon (1953) and as "the gilded girl" in Serpent of the Nile (1953) in which she was clad only in gold paint. She also danced in several other films including The Band Wagon and Demetrius and the Gladiators.

Her first major role was as one of the brides in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Her show-stopping 90-second Broadway appearance as "Stupefyin' Jones" in Li'l Abner in 1956 led to a reprise in the 1959 film version. In The Marriage-Go-Round (1961) she developed the stock character role of the sexy Swedish vixen, which she originally had done on Broadway.

Newmar starred as the sexy Rhoda the Robot in the short-lived cult TV series My Living Doll. She is best known for her recurring role on Batman as the villainous Catwoman (portrayed in the final season by Eartha Kitt). She appeared on stage with Anthony Newley in a national tour of Stop the World: I Want to Get Off and as Lola in Damn Yankees!.

In the 1980's and early 1990's, Newmar appeared in several low-budget films. She also guest-starred on sitcoms including The Love Boat, Hart to Hart, CHiPs, Fantasy Island, and Melrose Place.

Newmar's beauty was so legendary that it was even paid tribute in the title of a film, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Newmar also made a cameo appearance in the film.

On November 2, 2004 Newmar was sued by comedian James Belushi for the sum of $4 million. Belushi claims that Newmar has been harassing him and actively trying to force him to move through such acts as destroying his property, blaring loud music directed at his home and bad-mouthing him to neighbours.

Quotation

  • "Tell me I'm beautiful, it's nothing. Tell me I'm intellectual, I know it. Tell me I'm funny and it's the greatest compliment in the world anyone could give me." -- Julie Newmar, New York Times interview
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