Julie Brown


Actor, Singer

About

Also Known As
Julie Ann Brown
Birth Place
Burbank, California, USA
Born
August 31, 1954

Biography

Julie Brown is an original: a daffy West Coast Judy Holliday; a comedienne who has suffered many roadblocks in her rise to fame. Born and raised in California's San Fernando Valley, Brown's screen persona encapsulates all the dizzy selfishness and amorality of the "valley girl." Brown got her training in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where she met future collaborators Ch...

Family & Companions

Terrence McNally
Husband
Screenwriter, comedy writer. Married in 1983; divorced in 1987; not to be confused with the playwright.
Penn Jillette
Companion
Magician, comedian, writer. Together 14 months in late 1980s.
David Mirkin
Companion
Producer. Dating 1991; met c. 1981 while doing stand-up comedy; executive producer of Fox Television's "Get a Life" and "The Simpsons".

Biography

Julie Brown is an original: a daffy West Coast Judy Holliday; a comedienne who has suffered many roadblocks in her rise to fame. Born and raised in California's San Fernando Valley, Brown's screen persona encapsulates all the dizzy selfishness and amorality of the "valley girl." Brown got her training in San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater, where she met future collaborators Charlie Coffey and Terrence McNally (the latter who briefly became her husband should not be confused with the playwright of the same name). Originally a stand-up comic ("It's a mean atmosphere. Comedians, to me, look very needy"), Brown parlayed her talent into a pop career as an MTV hostess and released two hilarious albums of original music: "Goddess in Progress" and "Trapped in the Body of a White Girl."

Brown spent the early 1980s writing variety specials for Alan Thicke and doing comedy turns on stand-up specials. Her deft rock parodies ("The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun," "I Like 'em Big and Stupid") made her an underground hit by 1985, and, by 1989 she was hosting MTV's "Just Say Julie," which made sly fun of rock videos and the whole MTV generation. She tried two pilots which failed ("Julie Brown: The Show" CBS, 1989; and "The Julie Show" ABC, 1991), as well as guesting on "Newhart" as Buffy Denver, a ditsy TV host. Her sketch comedy series, "The Edge" (Fox, 1992-93), got good reviews but died swiftly.

Brown's film career has been a long struggle. She played bits in "Any Which Way You Can" and "Bloody Birthday" (both 1980), "The Incredible Shrinking Woman" (1981) and "Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment" (1985) before finding a producer for "Earth Girls are Easy" (1989), a musical sci-fi comedy she co-wrote with McNally and Coffey. She was bounced from the lead (replaced by Geena Davis) after having done twelve rewrites of the script; she wound up playing second banana Candy Pink, owner of the Curl Up & Dye beauty salon. Since then her big-screen career has been a mix of medium parts in tiny films ("The Spirit of '76" 1990; "Shakes the Clown" 1992; "Nervous Ticks" and "Raining Stones" both 1993) and smaller roles in bigger films (a voice-over in "A Goofy Movie," and a tiny part in the hit "Clueless," both 1995).

Brown's biggest success to date came in 1991, when she produced, co-wrote and starred in a Showtime television special that did to Madonna what Madonna has tried to do to Marilyn Monroe: turned the image inside out. Only "Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful" is delivered with a refreshing savage wit. Brown tore into her role with ferocious intensity and glee, assaulting stardom even as she herself goes for the brass ring (typical Medusa: "My money has money, I've had sex with everybody I want, and yet I am totally, totally alone. It is devastating"). Her follow-up, an uneven TV-movie, "National Lampoon's Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women" (Showtime, 1994), had the misfortune to be broadcast the same night as Barbra Streisand's HBO concert and went unseen by nearly everyone.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

National Lampoon's Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women (1994)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Christmas with the Andersons (2016)
My Santa (2013)
The Wish List (2010)
Fat Rose and Squeaky (2008)
Boxboarders! (2008)
Like Mike (2002)
Shadow Hours (2000)
Plump Fiction (1998)
Mimi
Bug Buster (1998)
Spy Hard (1996)
A Goofy Movie (1995)
Voice
Clueless (1995)
Out There (1995)
National Lampoon's Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women (1994)
Raining Stones (1993)
Anne
Nervous Ticks (1992)
Nancy
Shakes the Clown (1991)
The Opposite Sex and How to Live With Them (1991)
The Spirit of '76 (1990)
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
Jane Doe (1983)
Reporter
The Incredible Shrinking Woman (1981)
Bloody Birthday (1981)
Any Which Way You Can (1980)

Writer (Feature Film)

Beautiful & Twisted (2015)
Source Material
The Last Witch Hunter (2015)
Script Supervisor
National Lampoon's Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women (1994)
Screenplay
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Screenplay

Producer (Feature Film)

National Lampoon's Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women (1994)
Executive Producer

Music (Feature Film)

National Lampoon's Attack of the 5 Ft. 2 In. Women (1994)
Theme Lyrics
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Song Performer
Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)
Song

Cast (Special)

Salute to the Stooges (1996)
The 14th Annual CableACE Awards (1993)
Presenter
The Search For the New Ideal Man (1992)
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards (1992)
Performer
The All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show XVII (1992)
Carol Leifer: Gaudy, Bawdy & Blue (1992)
An American Saturday Night (1991)
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards (1991)
Performer
1991 MTV Video Music Awards (1991)
Performer
The Julie Show (1991)
Voices That Care (1991)
Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1991)
All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show (1991)
The 5th Annual American Comedy Awards (1991)
Performer
Rock N' Jock Hoops (1991)
Color Commentator
42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation (1990)
Presenter
Candid Camera... The Sporting Life! (1990)
Disorder in the Court: 60th Anniversary Tribute to the Stooges (1990)
Walt Disney World's 4th of July Spectacular (1990)
Time Warner Presents the Earth Day Special (1990)
America's Choice Awards (1990)
Presenter
Robert Wuhl's World Tour (1990)
America's Dance Honors (1990)
1990 Ace Awards-11th Annual (1990)
Host
US Magazine -- Live at the Emmys! (1989)
The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards (1989)
Performer
Montreal International Comedy Festival (1989)
MTV's Dawn of the Decade House Party (1989)
Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
Herself
New York City Marathon (1986)
Participant
TV Funnies (1982)

Writer (Special)

Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1991)
Screenplay
The Julie Show (1991)
Writer
Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
Story By
Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
From Story

Producer (Special)

The Julie Show (1991)
Executive Producer
Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1991)
Executive Producer
The Julie Show (1991)
Producer
Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
Executive Producer

Music (Special)

The Julie Show (1991)
Theme Music
Montreal International Comedy Festival (1989)
Song Performer ("Cause I'M A Blonde, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah")

Special Thanks (Special)

Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful (1991)
Screenplay
The Julie Show (1991)
Writer
Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
Story By
Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
From Story

Misc. Crew (Special)

The Daughters of Cain (1998)
Stand-In
Julie Brown: The Show (1989)
Other

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

The Three Little Pigs (1999)
Voice
Alien Avengers II (1997)
The Jungle Book Reunion (1990)

Producer (TV Mini-Series)

A Place Called Truth (1999)
Associate Producer
Black Sea 213 (1999)
Associate Producer
Shame, Shame, Shame (1999)
Associate Producer

Life Events

1980

Made film debut in "Any Which Way You Can"

1980

Performed as a stand-up comedian

1984

Released first album, "Goddess in Progress"

1989

Starred in TV comedy show, "Just Say Julie" (MTV)

1989

Co-starred in and co-wrote feature "Earth Girls are Easy"

1991

Spoofed Madonna in "Medusa: Dare to Be Truthful", a Showtime special

1992

Starred in sketch comedy series "The Edge" (Fox)

1994

Provided character voice of Saleen on the animated series "Aladdin"

1995

Cast in the spoof "Plump Fiction"; portrayed Mimi, a character based on Uma Thurman's role in "Pulp Fiction"

2000

Co-wrote, executive produced and starred in the Comedy Central series "Strip Mall"

Photo Collections

Earth Girls Are Easy - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Earth Girls Are Easy (1989), starring Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, and Jim Carrey.

Family

Leonard Brown
Father
TV technician. Retired.
Celia Brown
Mother
Secretary.

Companions

Terrence McNally
Husband
Screenwriter, comedy writer. Married in 1983; divorced in 1987; not to be confused with the playwright.
Penn Jillette
Companion
Magician, comedian, writer. Together 14 months in late 1980s.
David Mirkin
Companion
Producer. Dating 1991; met c. 1981 while doing stand-up comedy; executive producer of Fox Television's "Get a Life" and "The Simpsons".

Bibliography