Happy 85th Birthday to the original Catwoman, Julie Newmar! 🎂 🐱
Born Julia Chalene Newmeyer on August 16, 1933 in Los Angeles, her father, Donald, was an engineering professor, head of the Phys Ed. Department, and head football coach at LACC. He was on the L. A. Buccaneers Wonder Team. Her mother, Helen Jesmer, was a Ziegfeld Follies girl, said by Eddie Cantor to have the most beautiful legs in the Follies.
From an early age, Julie studied classical piano, ballet, and every form of dance her mother would drive her to lessons for.
She graduated high school at 15, then spent a year in Europe with her mother and brother John. On her UCLA entrance exam, she scored a 99, staying only six weeks, switching to Universal Studios as choreographer, teacher, and dance double.
Not yet 18, she was the original "Golden Girl," a statue-come-to-life dancing in "Serpent of the Nile," and was one of the brides in the classic MGM musical "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers." She won a Tony Award in 1959 for her performance in "The Marriage Go Round"
Her legs were once insured for $10 million (except in the event of theft). .
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