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Also Known As: Julie Newmeyer, Julie Chalane Newmeyer, Julie Newmeyer Died:
Born: August 16, 1933 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, USA Profession: actor, model, real estate developer

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Though she earned a Tony for a turn on Broadway in 1961's "The Marriage-Go-Round," actress Julie Newmar's career was largely defined by her recurring role as the slinky Catwoman on the iconic 1960s cult series, "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). Prior to her appearances in the role, she had been a staple of Hollywood musicals and stage productions, including "Li'l Abner" (1959), but her seductive turn as Catwoman - and, most notably, her form-fitting suit, which she designed herself - made her the object of many young male viewer's ardor. Newmar never quite achieved the same degree of fame after "Batman," though she did become a savvy real estate investor in the 1980s. However, Catwoman remained her bread and butter well into her later years, a position that she appeared to embrace whole-heartedly.

Though she earned a Tony for a turn on Broadway in 1961's "The Marriage-Go-Round," actress Julie Newmar's career was largely defined by her recurring role as the slinky Catwoman on the iconic 1960s cult series, "Batman" (ABC, 1966-68). Prior to her appearances in the role, she had been a staple of Hollywood musicals and stage productions, including "Li'l Abner" (1959), but her seductive turn as Catwoman - and, most notably, her form-fitting suit, which she designed herself - made her the object of many young male viewer's ardor. Newmar never quite achieved the same degree of fame after "Batman," though she did become a savvy real estate investor in the 1980s. However, Catwoman remained her bread and butter well into her later years, a position that she appeared to embrace whole-heartedly.

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 Oblivion (1994) Miss Kitty
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 Robo-C.H.I.C. (1990)
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 Ghosts Can't Do It (1990) Angel
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 Nudity Required (1988) Irina
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 Deep Space (1988) Elaine Wentworth
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1952:
Feature debut (unbilled bit), "Just For You"
1954:
Feature role using real name Julie Newmeyer, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"
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Appeared on Broadway in musicals "Silk Stockings", "Li'l Abner" and "Guys and Dolls"
1959:
Feature debut as Julie Newmar, "Li'l Abner"
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TV debut as 'Stacked' Suzy, "The Phil Silvers Show"
1964:
Starred in own TV series, "My Living Doll"
1966:
Played Catwoman on ABC series, "Batman"
1970:
TV-movie debut, "McCloud: Who Killed Miss U.S.A.?"
1983:
Return to features after 13-year absence, "Hysterical"
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Notes

"I think most people, almost 96 percent, remember me as Catwoman on the 'Batman' television series. It is a part I will always be grateful for, because it was one of the great parts ever written for a woman. She was sexy, sassy and successful ... Over the years, the kind of fan mail I've gotten from men has always been different from what I get from women. From men I get, 'you got me through puberty,' or, 'you were my first turn-on,' or, 'thank God, you made it all OK what I was thinking.' When you put on that kind of outfit, boys are going to melt down. From women I get, 'it was the first time I felt how great it would be to go out and conquer the neighborhood.'" --Julie Newmar in a 1995 interview with The New York Times.

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companion:
Louis L'Amour. Author. Briefly engaged.
husband:
J Holt Smith. Born c. 1941; married August 5, 1977; divorced April 1986.

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father:
Donald Charles Newmeyer. College football coach.
mother:
Helene Newmeyer. Ziegfeld Follies girl; real estate developer.
son:
John Jewl Smith. Born 1981; born with Down's Syndrome; left deaf from meningitis at age 2.

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