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Julie Parrish

Highest Rated:   88% The Nutty Professor (1963)
Lowest Rated:   18% The Devil and Max Devlin (1981)
Birthplace:   Not Available
Julie Parrish was a notably charming ingenue during the early and mid-'60's, in the Mary Tyler Moore/Marlo Thomas vein, who made the jump to become one of the cuter "TV wives" of mid-'60's sitcoms. Born Ruby Joyce Wilbar in Middlesboro, KY, in 1940, she grew up in Lake City, TN, and acted in her first school play at the age of six. After graduating high school in Tecumseh, MI, she enrolled in a modeling school and also joined the Toledo Repertory Company. Concurrent with this, she was put into a local beauty contest by the modeling school, which she won, getting to runner-up status in the preliminary to the Miss America contest. Subsequently, she won a Young Model of the Year competition, the prize for which was a role in the Jerry Lewis movie It's Only Money; as it turned out, the producer had never signed off on the contest, but director Frank Tashlin felt so badly for the would-be actress that he wrote a role for her into the film. He also sent to her see MGM producer Jack Cummings, who put her into the studio's contract school and got her an agent. Parrish earned a role in a play, Memo, starring MacDonald Carey, Fred Clark, Pippa Scott, and a young Alan Alda, which closed in Boston while on its way to New York. Meanwhile, television beckoned, including guest shots on The Dobie Gillis Show and Dick Powell Theatre, and large supporting parts in Columbia's Beach Party/Ski Party rip-off Winter a Go-Go and the Frankie Avalon/Annette Funicello film Fireball 500. Parrish also got a supporting role in The Nutty Professor, starring Jerry Lewis, and played in the Elvis Presley vehicle Paradise Hawaiian Style, all in between roles in the Star Trek episode "The Menagerie," the pilot show for The F.B.I., and episodes of Gunsmoke, Ben Casey, Bonanza, My Three Sons, and Gidget. In 1967, she was cast as Linda Lewis, the charmingly pert, sly wife of deejay Joby Baker in the sitcom Good Morning World, which was an attempt by producers Bill Persky and Sam Denoff to do with radio what The Dick Van Dyke Show -- on which they'd worked -- had done with television. It was cancelled after a single season, but she then moved on to theatrical work with Hans Conreid in Absence of a Cello and as Maggie in Arthur Miller's After the Fall. With her ingenue roles behind her, Parrish spent the '70s and '80s playing mature female parts in movies and television, including the movies The Devil and Max Devlin and The Last Fling, a continuing role on the soap opera Capitol, and supporting parts in series like Murder She Wrote. She also succeeded Barbara Parkins in the role of Betty Anderson in a revival of Peyton Place. In the 1990's, Parrish portrayed Joan Diamond in Beverly Hills 90210. In addition to her acting, Parrish became a very visible activist on the issue of battered women, having survived an abusive relationship herself, and also became very active in support work for female cancer victims, a result of her own treatments for ovarian cancer early in the decade. As an alumna of Star Trek, Elvis Presley's movies, and Jerry Lewis's movies, she wasoccasionally seen at some nostalgia and 1960s popular culture conventions.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Your Mileage May Vary
  • Actor
No Score Yet The Last Fling
  • Actor
18% The Devil and Max Devlin
  • Sheila
No Score Yet The Doberman Gang
  • June
No Score Yet Paradise, Hawaiian Style
  • Joanna
No Score Yet Fireball 500
  • Martha
88% The Nutty Professor
  • College Student


78% Star Trek
  • Miss Piper
  • 1966

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