Julie Newmar (born Julia Chalene Newmeyer, August 16, 1933) is an American actress, dancer, and singer, known for a variety of stage, screen, and television roles as well as a writer, lingerie inventor, and real estate mogul. She won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her role as Katrin Sveg in the 1958 Broadway production of The Marriage-Go-Round, and reprised the role in the 1961 film version. In the 1960s, she starred for two seasons as Catwoman in the television series Batman (1966–1967). Her other stage credits include the Ziegfeld Follies in 1956, and playing Lola in Damn Yankees! (1961) and Irma in Irma la Douce (1965) in regional productions.
Newmar appeared in the music video for George Michael's 1992 single "Too Funky", and had a cameo as herself in the 1995 film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Her voice work includes the animated feature films Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders (2016) and Batman vs. Two-Face (2017), where she reprised her role as Catwoman 50 years after the original television series.
Newmar in 1965
Julia Chalene Newmeyer
August 16, 1933
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
J. Holt Smith (m. 1977–1984)
Newmar was born on August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, the eldest of three children born to Don and Helen (Jesmer) Newmeyer. Her father was head of the Physical Education Department at Los Angeles City College and had played American football professionally in the 1920s with the 1926 Los Angeles Buccaneers of the National Football League. Her Swedish-French mother was a fashion designer who used Chalene as her professional name and later became a real-estate investor.
Newmar has two younger brothers, Peter Bruce Newmeyer (born 1935) and John A. Newmeyer (born 1940), a writer, epidemiologist, and winemaker. She began dancing at an early age, and performed as a prima ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera beginning at age fifteen.
Newmar began appearing in bit parts and uncredited roles in films as dancers, including a part as the "dancer-assassin" in Slaves of Babylon (1953) and the "gilded girl" in Serpent of the Nile (1953), in which she was clad in gold paint. She danced in several other films, including The Band Wagon (also 1953) and Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954). She also worked as a choreographer and dancer for Universal Studios beginning at age nineteen. Her first major role, billed as Julie Newmeyer, was as Dorcas, one of the brides in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (also 1954). Her three-minute Broadway appearance as the leggy Stupefyin' Jones in the musical Li'l Abner in 1956 led to a reprise in the film version released in 1959. She was also the female lead in a low-budget comedy, The Rookie (also 1959).
Newmar had first appeared on Broadway in 1955 in Silk Stockings which starred Hildegarde Neff and Don Ameche. She also appeared in the film, The Marriage-Go-Round (1961), which starred James Mason and Susan Hayward (Newmar had earlier developed the role of the Swedish vixen onstage and won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Broadway version upon which the film was based). She later appeared on stage with Joel Grey in the national tour of Stop the World - I Want to Get Off and as Lola in Damn Yankees! and Irma in Irma La Douce. and in Mackenna's Gold (1968). She also appeared in a pictorial in the May 1968 issue of Playboy magazine, which featured Playmate Elizabeth Jordan.
Newmar's fame stems mainly from her television appearances. Her statuesque form made her a larger-than-life sex symbol, most often cast as a temptress or Amazonian beauty, including an early appearance in sexy maid costume on The Phil Silvers Show. She starred as Rhoda the Robot on the television series My Living Doll (1964–1965), and is known for her recurring role on the 1960s television series Batman as the villainess Catwoman. (Lee Meriwether played Catwoman in the 1966 feature film and Eartha Kitt in the series' final season.) Newmar modified her Catwoman costume—now in the Smithsonian Institution—and placed the belt at the hips instead of the waist to emphasize her hourglass figure.
In 1962, Newmar appeared twice as motorcycle-riding, free-spirited heiress Vicki Russell on Route 66, filmed in Tucson, Arizona ("How Much a Pound is Albatross") and in Tennessee ("Give the Old Cat a Tender Mouse"). She guest-starred on The Twilight Zone as the devil in "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville", F Troop as an Indian princess, Bewitched ("The Eight-Year Itch Witch" in 1971) as a cat named Ophelia given human form, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Get Smart as a double agent assigned to Maxwell Smart's apartment posing as a maid. In 1967, she guest-starred as April Conquest in an episode of The Monkees ("Monkees Get Out More Dirt"), and was the pregnant Capellan princess, Eleen, in the Star Trek episode "Friday's Child". In 1969, she played a hit-woman in the It Takes a Thief episode "The Funeral is on Mundy" with Robert Wagner. In 1983, she reprised the hit-woman role on Hart to Hart, Wagner's later television series, in the episode "A Change of Hart". Both performances with Wagner included full-body grappling ending with Wagner lying on top of Newmar. In the 1970s, she had guest roles on Columbo and The Bionic Woman.
Newmar appeared in several low-budget films during the next two decades. She guest-starred on TV, appearing on The Love Boat, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, CHiPs and Fantasy Island. She was seen in the music video for George Michael's "Too Funky" in 1992, and appeared as herself in a 1996 episode of Melrose Place.
In 2003, Newmar appeared as herself in the television movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt alongside former Batman co-stars Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin and Lee Meriwether. Julia Rose played Newmar in flashbacks to the production of the television series. However, due to longstanding rights issues over footage from the Batman TV series, only footage of Meriwether taken from the feature film was allowed to be used in the television movie. In 2016, she provided the voice of Catwoman in the animated film Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. Newmar also appeared on The Home and Family Show in May 2016, where she met Gotham actress Camren Bicondova who portrays a younger Selina Kyle.
In the 1970s, Newmar received two U.S. patents for pantyhose and one for a brassiere. The pantyhose were described as having "cheeky derriere relief" and promoted under the name "Nudemar". The brassiere was described as "nearly invisible" and in the style of Marilyn Monroe.
Newmar began investing in Los Angeles real estate in the 1980s. A women's magazine stated, "Newmar is partly responsible for improving the Los Angeles neighborhoods on La Brea Avenue and Fairfax Avenue near the Grove."
Newmar married J. Holt Smith, a lawyer, on August 5, 1977, and moved with him to Fort Worth, Texas, where she lived until their divorce in 1984. She has one child, John Jewl Smith (born February 1981), who has a hearing impairment and Down syndrome.
A legal battle with her neighbor, actor Jim Belushi, ended amicably with an invitation to guest-star on his sitcom According to Jim in an episode ("The Grumpy Guy") that poked fun at the feud. An avid gardener, Newmar initiated at least a temporary ban on leaf blowers with the Los Angeles City Council.
Newmar has been a vocal supporter of LGBT rights; her brother, John Newmeyer, is gay. In 2013, she was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gay and Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH) organization in Los Angeles.
The film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) pays homage to the actress; Newmar herself makes a cameo appearance near the film's ending. In 2012, Bluewater Comics released a four-issue comic miniseries entitled The Secret Lives of Julie Newmar.
|1952||She's Working Her Way Through College||Julie||Uncredited|
|1952||Just for You||Chorine||Uncredited|
|1953||The I Don't Care Girl||Specialty Dancer||Uncredited|
|1953||Serpent of the Nile||Gilded Girl||Uncredited|
|1953||The Farmer Takes a Wife||Dancer||Uncredited|
|1953||The Band Wagon||Salon Model / Chorine in Girl Hunt Ballet||Uncredited|
|1953||Slaves of Babylon||Dancer-Assassin|
|1953||The Eddie Cantor Story||Showgirl||Uncredited|
|1954||Demetrius and the Gladiators||Primary Specialty Dancer||Uncredited|
|1954||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Dorcas|
|1959||Li'l Abner||Stupefyin' Jones|
|1959||The Rookie||Lili Marlene|
|1961||The Marriage-Go-Round||Katrin Sveg||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer|
|1963||For Love or Money||Bonnie Brasher|
|1969||The Maltese Bippy||Carlotta Ravenswood|
|1970||Up Your Teddy Bear||Toy Company Director, a.k.a. "Mother"|
|1972||A Very Missing Person||Aleatha Westering||Television film|
|1972||The Feminist and the Fuzz||Lilah McGuiness||Television film|
|1977||Terraces||Chalane Turner||Television film|
|1985||Evils of the Night||Dr. Zarma|
|1988||Deep Space||Lady Elaine Wentworth|
|1989||Cyber-C.H.I.C.||Miss McKenzie||Also known as Dance Academy|
|1990||Ghosts Can't Do It||Angel|
|1995||To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar||Herself|
|1996||Oblivion 2: Backlash||Miss Kitty|
|1999||If... Dog... Rabbit...||Judy's Mother|
|2003||Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt||Herself/Arizona Bar Owner||Television film|
|2012||Bettie Page Reveals All||Herself||Documentary|
|2012||The Mechanical Bride||Herself, narrator||Documentary|
|2013||Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age||Herself||Documentary|
|2016||Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders||Catwoman||Voice role|
|2017||Batman vs. Two-Face|
|1957||The Phil Silvers Show||Suzie||1 episode|
|1961||The Defenders||Brandy Gideon Morfoot||1 episode|
|1962||Route 66||Vicki Russell||2 episodes|
|1963||The Twilight Zone||Miss Devlin||1 episode|
|1964–1965||My Living Doll||Rhoda Miller||Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best TV Star – Female|
|1966||F Troop||Cinthia Jeffries / Yellow Bird||1 episode|
|1966||The Beverly Hillbillies||Ulla Bergstrom||1 episode|
|1966||The Monkees||April Conquest||1 episode|
|1967||Star Trek: The Original Series||Eleen||1 episode|
|1968||It Takes a Thief||Susannah Sutton||1 episode|
|1968||Get Smart||Ingrid||1 episode|
|1970||McCloud||Adrienne Redman||1 episode|
|1970–1972||Love, American Style||Various||4 episodes|
|1973||Columbo||Lisa Chambers||1 episode|
|1975||McMillan & Wife||Luciana Amaldi||1 episode|
|1976||The Bionic Woman||Claudette||1 episode|
|1976||Monster Squad||Ultra Witch||1 episode|
|1978||Jason of Star Command||Queen Vanessa||1 episode|
|1979||Buck Rogers in the 25th Century||Zarina||1 episode|
|1979||The Love Boat||Marla Samms||1 episode|
|1982||CHiPs||Cora Dwayne||1 episode|
|1982||The Powers of Matthew Star||Nian||1 episode|
|1983||Fantasy Island||Doralee||1 episode|
|1983||Hart to Hart||Eve||1 episode|
|2006||According to Jim||Julie||1 episode|
|2010||Batman: The Brave and the Bold||Martha Wayne||1 episode|
Batman (often promoted as Batman: The Movie) is a 1966 American superhero film based on the Batman television series, and the first full-length theatrical adaptation of the DC Comics character Batman. Released by 20th Century Fox, the film starred Adam West as Batman and Burt Ward as Robin. The film hit theaters two months after the last episode of the first season of the television series. The film includes most members of the original TV cast, with the exception of Lee Meriwether as Catwoman, the character previously played by Julie Newmar in two episodes of the series' first season.Batman vs. Two-Face
Batman vs. Two-Face is a 2017 American animated direct-to-video superhero film produced by Warner Bros. Animation and distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. It is a sequel to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders. It premiered at the New York Comic Con on October 8, 2017, was released digitally on October 10, 2017, and was released on DVD and Blu-ray on October 17, 2017. Based on the 1960s Batman TV series, the film stars Adam West (in his final role before his death), Burt Ward and Julie Newmar reprising their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman from the series. The film included a tribute to the late West.Demetrius and the Gladiators
Demetrius and the Gladiators is a 1954 Biblical drama film and a sequel to The Robe. The picture was made by 20th Century Fox, directed by Delmer Daves and produced by Frank Ross. The screenplay was written by Philip Dunne based on characters created by Lloyd C. Douglas in The Robe.
The movie presents Victor Mature as Demetrius, a Christian slave made to fight in the Roman arena as a gladiator, and Susan Hayward as Messalina, a reprobate woman who is the wife of Claudius, the uncle of the depraved emperor Caligula. The cast also features Ernest Borgnine, William Marshall, Michael Rennie, Jay Robinson as Caligula, Debra Paget, Anne Bancroft in one of her earlier roles, and Julie Newmar as a briefly seen dancing entertainer. The film is in Technicolor and CinemaScope.Douglas Carter Beane
Douglas Carter Beane is an American playwright and screenwriter. Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and raised in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, Beane now lives in New York. His works include the screenplay of To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, and several plays including The Country Club and The Little Dog Laughed, which was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award for Best Play and As Bees in Honey Drown, which ran at New York's Lucille Lortel Theatre in 1997. Beane often writes works with sophisticated, "drawing room" humor.Evils of the Night
Evils of the Night is a 1985 low-budget science fiction/"porno horror" film starring Aldo Ray, Neville Brand, Tina Louise, John Carradine, and Julie Newmar. The film was directed, co-produced and co-written by Mardi Rustam.Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (Johnny Mathis album)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me is an album by American pop singer Johnny Mathis that was released on August 15, 1977, by Columbia Records and found him firmly planted in the cover album genre once again in that no original songs were included. Allmusic's Joe Viglione did feel, however, that "they seem to be trying to cover all the bases here," meaning that it had a variety of selections, including a standard from 1939 ("All the Things You Are"), a hit that charted in both the 1950s and '60s ("Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me"), a country crossover ("The Most Beautiful Girl"), and recent offerings from stage ("One", "Tomorrow") and screen ("Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)", "I Always Knew I Had It in Me").
Although the album did not reach Billboard magazine's Top LP's & Tapes chart, it did spend a week in the issue dated September 17, 1977, at number 201 on the Bubbling Under the Top LP's chart, which, according to Joel Whitburn, "listed albums that were on the rise in sales that did not quite achieve the sales necessary to make Billboard's main 200-position pop albums chart." For its release in the UK, the album was entitled Sweet Surrender, which was also the name of the song that was added on to the original track listing but had first appeared on his 1973 album Me and Mrs. Jones. Sweet Surrender spent its one week on the UK album chart at number 55 but received Silver certification for sales of 60,000 units in the UK from the British Phonographic Industry on January 4, 1978.In 1995 the title track from the album was used in the film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar but was not included on the soundtrack recording.Hot Off the Griddle
Hot Off the Griddle is the 37th episode of the 1960s Batman television series. It guest starred Julie Newmar as The Catwoman.Lady Bunny
Lady Bunny, originally known as "Bunny Hickory Dickory Dock," sometimes styled as The Lady Bunny, (born Jon Ingle, August 14, 1962) is an American drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event. She has also released disco singles such as "Shame, Shame, Shame!" and "The Pussycat Song". She has appeared in films such as Party Girl, Wigstock: The Movie, Peoria Babylon, Starrbooty, Another Gay Movie, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar.Lee Meriwether
Lee Ann Meriwether (born May 27, 1935) is an American actress, former model, and the winner of the 1955 Miss America pageant. She is known for her role as Betty Jones, Buddy Ebsen's secretary and daughter-in-law in the long-running 1970s crime drama Barnaby Jones. The role earned her two Golden Globe Award nominations in 1975 and 1976, and an Emmy Award nomination in 1977. She is also known for her role as Herman Munster's long-haired wife, Lily Munster, on the 1980s sitcom The Munsters Today, as well as for her portrayal of Catwoman, replacing Julie Newmar in the film version of Batman (1966), and for a co-starring role on the science fiction series The Time Tunnel. Meriwether had a recurring role as Ruth Martin on the daytime soap opera All My Children until the end of the series in September 2011.List of Batman (TV series) episodes
The following is an episode list for the 1960s Batman television series. It also provides the main cast members, production notes and a list of notable guest stars.Oblivion (1994 film)
Oblivion is a 1994 American western-science fiction dark comedy film directed by Sam Irvin and written by Peter David. It stars Richard Joseph Paul, Andrew Divoff, George Takei, Julie Newmar, Musetta Vander, Isaac Hayes and Meg Foster. It was followed by a sequel, Oblivion 2: Backlash. It was written by noted comic writer Peter David.Patrick Swayze
Patrick Wayne Swayze (; August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, singer, and songwriter. Having gained fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, he became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, gaining him a wide fan base with female audiences, and status as a teen idol and sex symbol. He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.
During his career Swayze received three Golden Globe Award nominations, for Dirty Dancing (1987), Ghost (1990), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). His other films included The Outsiders (1983), Road House (1989), and Point Break (1991). He wrote and recorded a song, "She's Like the Wind", that was popular. He was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in 2009.The Cat and the Fiddle (Batman)
The Cat and the Fiddle is the 38th episode of the 1960s Batman television series. It guest starred Julie Newmar as The Catwoman.The Marriage-Go-Round
The Marriage-Go-Round is a 1958 play written by Leslie Stevens. The 1961 film adaptation of the same name, written and produced by Stevens, stars Susan Hayward, James Mason and Julie Newmar.
The play was inspired by a suggestion that dancer Isadora Duncan supposedly made to playwright George Bernard Shaw: The two of them should have a child because "with your mind and my body, think what a person it would be!" The play, a sex comedy, was a Broadway theatre success with a run of over 700 performances; it did poor box office .The Marriage-Go-Round (film)
The Marriage-Go-Round is a 1961 DeLuxe Color American comedy film directed by Walter Lang and written by Leslie Stevens in CinemaScope. It is based on the 1958 play The Marriage-Go-Round by Leslie Stevens. The film stars Susan Hayward, James Mason, Julie Newmar, Robert Paige and June Clayworth. The film was released on January 6, 1961 by 20th Century Fox.
Filmed on location at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Florida and Stage 4 on the Twentieth Century-Fox lot.To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar is a 1995 American comedy film directed by Beeban Kidron and starring Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze, and John Leguizamo as three New York City drag queens who embark on a road trip. Its title refers to an iconic autographed photo of Julie Newmar that they carry with them on their journey. Newmar additionally appears in the film as herself.