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Julie Newmar

Highest Rated:   100% The Band Wagon (1953)
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Birthplace:   Los Angeles, California, USA
American actress Julie Newmar's father was a college instructor and her mother was a former Ziegfeld dancer. This odd mix may explain why Julie complemented her dancing and acting career with offscreen intellectual pursuits. A lifelong student of ballet, Newmar was accepted as a dancer by the Los Angeles Opera Comany at age 15, and before her UCLA enrollment was under way she'd left college to try her luck in films. A stint as a gold-painted exotic dancer in Serpent of the Nile (1954) was usually conveniently ignored by Newmar's biographers, who preferred to list Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) as her screen debut. From here it was on to Broadway for a featured dance in the musical Can-Can, then to the sizable but nonspeaking role of Stupefyin' Jones in Li'l Abner. It was for Newmar's performance as a Swedish sexpot in the genteel farce The Marriage-Go-Round that the actress attained true stardom - and also won a Tony Award. Recreating her stage roles for the film versions of Li'l Abner (1959) and Marriage-Go-Round (1961), Newmar spent the next few years dividing her time between stage work and TV guest spots (she played the Devil in the 1963 "Twilight Zone" episode "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville"). In 1964, Newmar was cast as a beautiful robot on the TV sitcom "My Living Doll," a series that languished opposite "Bonanza" and barely got through the season. According to Newmar, she accepted her best-remembered TV role, that of Catwoman on the weekly series Batman on the advice of her brother, a Harvard fellow in Physics who, along with his classmates, was a rabid Batman fan. Newmar played Catwoman for two seasons, but contractual committments kept her from appearing in the 1966 feature film version of Batman, wherein her role was taken over by Lee Meriwether. For diverse reasons, Newmar wasn't back as Catwoman for the final "Batman" season, so Eartha Kitt essayed the role. Newmar's film career peaked with MacKenna's Gold (1968) and The Maltese Bippy (1969), after which she was consigned to such deathless projects as Hysterical (1983), Nudity Required (1990) and Ghosts Can't Do It (1991). In 1995 she returned to the big screen playing herself in the cross-dressing comedy To Wong Foo, Thanks for everything, Julie Newmar. In the mid 1980s, Julie Newmar began making the personal-appearance rounds thanks to the publicity attending the 20th anniversary of the "Batman" series, and in 1992 Julie was again an interview subject as a byproduct of Michelle Pfeiffer's unforgettable Catwoman stint in the 1992 feature film Batman Returns.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
89% Batman: Return Of The Caped Crusaders
  • Catwoman
2016
77% Beautiful Darling
  • Actor
$13.9k 2011
No Score Yet Aliens Gone Wild!
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Seduction of a Nerd
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt
  • Herself
2003
No Score Yet Evils of the Night
  • Dr. Zarma
2003
No Score Yet Backlash: Oblivion 2
  • Miss Kitty
1996
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
  • Herself
1995
No Score Yet Oblivion (Welcome to Oblivion)
  • Miss Kitty
1994
No Score Yet Ghosts Can't Do It
  • Angel
1990
No Score Yet Nudity Required
  • Irina
1990
No Score Yet Cyber C.H.I.C. (Robo-Chic)
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Body Beat
  • McKenzie
1988
No Score Yet Deep Space
  • Lady Elaine Wentworth
1987
No Score Yet Streetwalkin'
  • Queen Bee
1985
No Score Yet Hysterical
  • Venetia
1983
No Score Yet Terraces
  • Actor
1977
No Score Yet Columbo: Double Shock
  • Actor
1973
No Score Yet Up Your Teddy Bear
  • Actor
1970
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy
  • Carlotta Ravenswood
1969
No Score Yet MacKenna's Gold
  • Hesh-Ke
1969
No Score Yet Li'l Abner
  • Stupefyin' Jones
1959
No Score Yet The Rookie
  • Lili Marlene
1959
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
  • Dorcas
1954
80% Demetrius and the Gladiators
  • Specialty Dancer
1954
100% The Band Wagon
  • Salon Model
1953
No Score Yet Just for You
  • Actor
1952
67% Ecstasy (Ekstase) (Rhapsody of Love) (Symphony of Love)
  • Actor
1933

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Eleen
  • 1967
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Catwoman
  • 1967
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Miss Devlin
  • 1963

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