Born Jacqueline Brown, she debuted onscreen at age nine and became a busy child actress during the silent era, billed as Jacqueline Wells. She took four years off from films in her teens, during which she attended school and took dancing lessons under Theodore Kosloff. She returned to the screen in the early '30s, appearing in a number of Hal Roach comedy shorts before beginning to play leads in features and serials. She remained busy through the '30s, then her career slowed down; in 1941 she switched studios, changed her name to Julie Bishop, and began a new career. After a few years her work again slowed down, and her film appearances after 1947 were infrequent; she retired form the screen in 1957. She is the mother of actress Pamela Shoop.