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Julie Newmar Biography

Birth Name:
Julia Charlene Newmeyer
Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States
Actor, dancer

Fast Facts

  • Studied classical piano, ballet and various forms of dance, beginning at an early age
  • Graduated high school and became a prima ballerina for the Los Angeles Opera at age 15
  • Reportedly has an I
  • Q
  • of 135
  • Scored a 99 on her entrance exam for UCLA, but attended the school for only six weeks before going to work for Universal Studios as a choreographer, teacher and dance double
  • Appeared in gold body paint (and a bikini) at age 17 for her role in 1953's Serpent of the Nile
  • Landed first Broadway role at age 19 as a ballerina in Silk Stockings
  • Appeared in the Broadway and film productions of Li'l Abner (1956 and '59) and The Marriage-Go-Round (1958 and '60); won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Marriage-Go-Round
  • Had her legs insured for $1 million
  • Became the first to play Catwoman in the Batman series in 1966 at the urging of her brother, a Batman fan and Harvard fellow in Physics
  • Posed for Playboy magazine in 1968 and 1969
  • Holds three U
  • S
  • patents: 3,914,799 and 4,003,094 for "Pantyhose With Shaping Band for Cheeky Derriere Relief"; and 3,935,865 for "Brassiere
  • " Appeared nearly nude in a 1977 edition of People magazine---donning high heels and pantyhose---to market her invention, Nudemar pantyhose
  • Ran her own real-estate business in the 1980s


  • 1965Golden Globe-Actress in a Television Series: nominated
  • 1961Golden Globe-New Star of the Year - Actress: nominated


  • George Newmeyer -- Brother
  • John Newmeyer -- Brother
  • John Holt Smith -- Ex-husband
  • Donald Charles Newmeyer -- Father
  • Helene Jesmer Newmeyer -- Mother
  • John Jewl Smith -- Son