Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Julie Newmar Rose and ROSE MARIE

New to Twitter is Rose Marie, who probably rivals Milton Berle for having the longest show-biz career. Rose, at 94, is the subject of a new documentary film. Maybe she'll get a rose named after her, like Julie. And yes, Rose likes Julie! Both were born in August (Rose on August 15th, Julie on August 16th). On this photo, taken a few years ago: "Wish I could say I was sitting down in this pic...used to think I was tall - maybe 'cause I was next to Morey so much!"

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Before Julie's Birthday - CATCON 2017

Come and see JULIE on August 12th, Saturday only.

She'll be appearing at the annual CATCON, at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Julie is a featured guest, and also on hand (some for both Saturday and Sunday the 13th) Ian Somerhalder ("Vampire Diaries"), Mike Bridavsky and Lil BUB, Moshow the Cat Rapper, Cats of Instagram, Pudge the Cat, Nala Cat, Kitten Lady, Aaron Benitez ('Aaron's Animals'), Jonathan Zurbel ('Catstradamus'), Michael Nielsen ('Monty Boy'), Oskar the Blind Cat, Simone Tipton ('Doc'), White Coffee Cat, and Luna Rose. Among others.

Seminars include: They Put the Special in Special Needs, The Furrocious Fashion Face-Off, Kitten Lady Tells All presented by ASPCA, Men and Cats: a Love Story, and The CatCon Awards.

It's all happening at The Pasadena Convention Center, 300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101.

Hours: Saturday, 9AM- 5PM; Sunday, 10AM - 5PM

Tickets: $30 per day for adults, $15 for children ages 5-12, under 5 free

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Enjoy Your Moment, Enjoy Your Item. And don't dupe on eBay

The Internet.

Anything goes. People download "free" movies, TV shows, porn, and PDF/ePub copies of books.

People hoist things to YouTube and "monetize" them, even if it's somebody else's copyrighted material.

Let's have a bit of civility.

When Julie signs a picture, she's not entering into a business partnership. As in, "now you can scan this and sell copies."

She could sell "copies" on eBay and donate all the money to charity. So why are YOU copying and keeping all the money?

In a word DON'T.

Because it's RUDE. And you didn't tell her, "guess what, Julie, I'm gonna copy this photo because, er, uh, I want to make back the admission price for getting into Comic Con. And I'd like to make back the money I paid to meet you..."

Let's be a little more respectful and a lot less ridiculous.

PS, the items DO get removed from eBay as they are against eBay policy on counterfeit material and material being sold without licensing or permission.

That includes THIS:

Going back many years, people have routinely asked Julie to pose for a photo. Free. Even if it meant holding up the line. The reason? A souvenir. The reason shouldn't be to go into the dupe photo business. You didn't get a signed model release, after all. This was a friendly moment, not a business transaction.

So again, and this is coming not from Julie but from those who deal with the business end of things, please enjoy your moment. Enjoy the generosity of being able to take a photo at no charge. Enjoy your photo. If you need to sell it at some point, sell the original. Duping photos is just not nice or ethical. Thank you for your understanding.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Life Goes On : A SIGNING IN LAS VEGAS June 23-25

The original Catwoman from television, and the original Catwoman from the movies will be at the Comic Con in Las Vegas:

JULIE NEWMAR and LEE MERIWETHER. Also, Burt Ward.

THE LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER HALL N1, 3150 PARADISE RD, Las Vegas, NV 89109

FRIDAY, JUNE 23- 3PM TO 8PM

SATURDAY, JUNE 24- 10AM TO 7PM

SUNDAY, JUNE 25- 10AM TO 6PM

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Julie Newmar's comments on ADAM WEST

Julie's phone was ringing almost constantly, after the news of Adam West's passing.

She told the Daily News: “I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity.”

And for Entertainment Tonight:

"Adam set the bar so high for portraying the role of Batman. He was wonderful, spot on, with a twinkle in his eye. He had it all -- looks, charm, intelligence, I could go on and on."

"In conversation, he was very animated and once told me that Batman was the father that everyone wanted! I never thought of it that way! He had a great way of playing that 'tongue-in-cheek' nature in so much of the dialogue."

She last saw Adam about a month ago, and he seemed in good health.

"If I had to describe him in a word or two, they would be 'stellar' and 'exemplar,' qualities that we want to encourage in ourselves and in young people."

Friday, May 19, 2017

Real News, Fox News, and the Joys of Pedophilia

Bill O'Reilly is out, Roger Ailes is dead, so why not remember a happier time...when "BATMAN" was on the air?

The Fox website just offered up an interview with Julie...

Leave it to Fox to lead with, what, a vaguely pedophile interest in "sexual awakenings?" The first pubic hairs? That a 14 year-old has discovered an interest in a woman twice his age? Verrrrry interesting. Oh, wrong catch-phrase. Holy Pedo!

Eventually the Fox interviewer left the topic of first turn-ons and concentrated on the undeniable fact that it's much more fun to tune in "Batman" reruns, or most any classic TV reruns, then check out the Nightly News.

The usual questions were asked: how did you get to be Catwoman, who is the best Batman, etc. etc., but if the alternative is to wonder what motivates Putin, Kim Jung-Un or Trump...yes, might as well wonder what fabric that Catwoman suit was made out of. Although that COULD keep you up at night, too.

In the end, one needs to be down to Earth. What goes on in cyberspace, or the White House or the Kremlin is beyond our control, but we can tend our own garden. Or some neighbor's garden. In which case, why not plant the seeds of...the Julie Newmar daylily? Seems like this is the perfect (oh, make that purrrrrfect) time of year to get dirty the right way.

Yes, indeed, the tales that males 13 to 16 tell about getting horny for an older woman in a catsuit are pretty down and dirty. Better to get down and in the dirt, and create something beautiful. (PS, there's also a Julie Newmar rose).

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Julie and a statuesque Catwoman statue

Not all CATWOMAN statues are created purrrrfectly.
Congrats to Sideshow Collectibles!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Birthday 36 - And a Great Time Was Had by All

February 21st was the 36th birthday for Julie's son John Jewl Smith.

As usual, it was held at UCP a facility loaded with others who could also share in the festivities. It was, in Julie's words, "our Everybody's Handicapped Club." There was a kiddie magician, one of those guys who blows bubbles, makes zany faces, and does miming. At one point he walked around wearing a Mummenschanz bit of tubing, pretending to be a giant Muppet-worm. Watch out, the thing is gonna lean over and swallow you!

It took about two months of post-production by the clever Gene Hamm, to add appropriate music and get it uploaded to YouTube, but it's worth the wait. Just go to Julie's YouTube page or type in John's Birthday 2017.

Among the highlights...

Once again thanks to the "audacious talents" of Gene Hamm (Julie's phrase). And thanks to all the Facebookers who call attention to themselves with their sincere compliments about John and Julie.

Special mention to Robert Humphries:

"I had the great pleasure in meeting you and your son...your an inspiration for humanity in every sense of the word! Very humbling experience, Julie Newmar! X!"

and Herchel Sawyer:

"Dearest Julie...Thank you...for sharing this thing with us. You have unselfishly paid the full price for a priceless Son. Some of us have an inkling of the fine, fine work, and Mothering you've done...I do pray that John Jewl had a super-fabulous Birthday!!!!"

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Photo Fun

First off, no, that is NOT a "bondage" image on the front page of Julie's website.

Her hands are NOT tied behind her back. The idea that the photographer has any desire to see a woman in bondage is absurd.

Likewise this isn't a Venus de Milo homage, and it's quite accidental that she looks like she has no hands at all.

While most of Julie's vintage photographers liked the idea of Julie's arms being around them, or at least in sight, just enjoy the Mona Lisa aspect of it. We're used to seeing Julie looking smiling and positive, and here's something enigmatic, with a touch of mystery.

As we say at Facebook, if you don't have anything positive to say, shut up. Constructive criticism is, well, destructive.

Something like that.

There's no doubt about the upbeat message of the latest item available at the website: flower-child GREETING CARDS.

It's a set of Photoshop jobs that accentuate the fact that Julie is blooming well the most beautiful work of art on the planet.

You'll find ordering info in the CARDS link on the top of the website.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ebay Forgery: It Happens

Be careful when buying autographed photos.

Thanks to today's technology, forgery is easier than ever. It used to require some skill and a steady hand to duplicate a signature, but thanks to autopens and Photoshop, more and more con artists are tricking people into buying FAKES.

Case in point, this recent item on eBay.

Julie fans might instantly have noticed that this is a Photoshop fake. It's Julie as Catwoman stuck on the body of some kind of half-naked dominatrix with a thick waste and rather stumpy legs. The con artist's idea: offer an autograph on a photo a fan definitely doesn't have already.

This seller also offered fake images of Emma Watson, Jennifer Aniston and Ariana Grande. So Julie was in good company. The seller also had unlikely rarities like a photo of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston autographed by both of them.

Giddy fans are pretty trusting. All they need to see is the magic phrase "Certificate of Authenticity." All this means is that somebody paid $20 for a website domain, and like a "fake news" site, put up false credentials about being an "expert." It might mean even less, and it's just a piece of paper signed by somebody claiming to be an "expert," and having no website or even a post office address.

Old-fashioned forgers would practice a signature and it would take a very trained eye to tell the difference. Forgers who use an auto-pen that traces a real signature and then duplicates it on any piece of paper, are hider to catch. You need to compare signatures and see that they match up on EVERY photo of that celebrity that the forger is selling. Thanks to Photoshop, it's easy to seize a real autograph, and superimpose it on a photo. What gives this away, if you look for it, is that the ink of the signature is no different from the ink of the print-out photo.

Some unscrupulous eBay sellers simply offer a copy of a signed photo, neglect to say it's a "pre-print" or a copy made from an original, and sell it as if it was the real thing. How many bidders, suspending disbelief, never bother to truly examine the photo that they lovingly frame and put on the wall, or simply obsessively stick into a looseleaf binder as an addition to "the collection?"

In the old days, con artists would just concentrate on a signature, but with new technology available, they can add something extra. In this case, the con artist stole an existing autograph that include Julie's added word "Fondly." The con artist could've found one with another common Julie phrase added, "You're purrrrfect," because it's perfectly easy to Photoshop as many words off an autographed photo as possible, and then superimpose them on something else.

Caveat emptor. (No, that doesn't mean Dick Caveat is hungry.)