Sunday, June 17, 2018

Who was Julie wearing? BRUCE

Recently Julie received an award from the "Hollywood Museum." Hollywood is Award City, so hardly a week goes by without somebody getting an award somewhere. But not everybody accepts an award dolled up...and wearing a t-shirt.

Fans were asking, WHO was on that shirt?

It's the clever Bruce Vilanch, who inherited Paul Lynde's chair when "Hollywood Squares" was revived. At the time he was one of the few gay comedians who was openly out of the closet...something other quiz show gay funnymen (Lynde, Charles Nelson Reilly, Rip Taylor) didn't quite do.

Westworld admiringly dubbed him "bursting with gayness," and applaued him as "one of the first openly gay comedians." He's written for campy females, most especially Bette Midler, and has put some wit into the mouth of tart-tongued Whoopi Goldberg, and openly lesbian Lily Tomlin. He also worked with Robin Williams, who notably performed in drag as "Mrs. Doubtfire." Robin's remark about ballet dancers wearing Danskins so tight "you know what religion they are" was probably a Vilanch gag.

Years ago, Julie's audience was probably 90% straight. That included her rather flabby "henchmen" on the "Batman" show. Now her henchmen are gay. "Batman" may have been "campy" back in the day, but today, "campy" is another word for "gay" and...well, look at these guys. They aren't pussyfooting around, showing off their muscles.

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Sexual Revolution...and JULIE NEWMAR

Buzzfeed published an article on the SEXUAL REVOLUTION OF THE 60's.

Yes, pictures of anti-bra protests, pro-bikini models, Playboy bunnies, diaphragm demonstrations, Andy Warhol shooting odd movies, and...

Holy Revolution!

For the entire article:

https://www.buzzfeed.com/gabrielsanchez/this-is-what-the-sexual-revolution-looked-like-in-the-1960s?utm_term=.ckQxBzYkw#.fj0PjO34R

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Julie's Desire...a perfume named after her

Julie has had a movie named after her. She’s had figurines made of her Catwoman character. She's had a rose named after her. She’s had a brand of wine named after her. But…no perfume. Thus, she posted on Facebook asking for help.

Surely, in this world where there’s Taylor Swift Enchanted ($68 for 4 ounces) and Kim Kardashian Glam ($25 for 4 ounces) and Ariana Grande ARI (also $25 for 4 ounces), Rihanna Rogue Love ($30 for 4 ounces), Mariah Carey M ($20 for 4 ounces) Britney Spears’ Curious ($15 an ounce) or Nicki Minaj PinkFriday ($18 for two ounces) there’s room for JULIE NEWMAR.

If you’re thinking age may be a factor, think again; Elizabeth Taylor’s brand is still selling well, isn’t it? OK, it’s a cheaper brand, but it’s out there, at between $12 and $20 for a 3 ounce bottle. It depends on whether you want “Forever,” “Passion,” “Gardenia” or the lowest priced item, “White Diamonds.”

If you’re thinking the brand can be called “Catwoman,” well, probably not, unless a deal is struck with DC Comics which owns the trademark. If you’re thinking “MEOW,” sorry, that’s owned by Katy Perry ($17 a 4 ounce bottle).

Monday, June 4, 2018

Inquiring Minds want to know about the NEAR-FATAL HEART ATTACK

When Julie had an emergency visit to the hospital, it wasn't long after that she announced the problem on Facebook. Someone else might not have shared such intimate details, but Facebook friends are...friends. If not family.

Later, she told the story to the National Inquirer. The tabloid IS known for hyperbole, but any heart attack has the potential to be "near fatal."

It's been a worry for managers and agents to shield the public from any health scare involving a client. After all, studios are notorious for not wanting a project delayed by an illness, or a star having to drop out after filming's begun. No such concerns for Julie. Why not be honest, get the news out there, and perhaps inspire someone to get a check-up?

As always, those hundreds and hundreds of Facebook "friends" and some of the folks who Tweet provide a lot of cheer for Julie:

Facebook has gotten some bad publicity lately, with people calling it a devious area where anything can happen (even Russian interference with an election, or the harvesting of personal information). Some call it a mammoth waste of time. For others, it's a rare chance to equal the playing field and make friends with celebrities, and exchange information!

Facebook, where the FUN is

When Julie posts a cheesecake photo taken 60 years ago, and a few words of advice, you can be sure of two things: the advice will be ignored, and the photo will produce drooling responses of glee.

It's always nice to see the thoughtful, creative, clever and tasteful responses these photos get. And since Julie IS on Facebook, friending people, guys feel they can be as familiar with her as they please. That's what friends do.

Hundreds and hundreds of "likes" and comments! As Murray the K said 60 years ago, "It's what's happening, baby!"

Super fanboy Shawn didn't quite make the cut on this sample of responses, but he does always try to be the first to get Julie's attention, so here's a photo of him, showing off his new haircut.

It's always a joy when Shawn (and everyone else) is quick to offer a MEOW, or a "You were the best Catwoman" or identify their locale: "I love you I am in Argentina!"

Sometimes a fan uses a thread to throw in a vintage photo and ask for important information. Julie WILL respond! On this thread there was...

And a few more last minute responses...but thanks to ALL...

Friday, April 27, 2018

Wild Earping in Yugoslavia

Internationally known, and beloved around the world, Julie has often found her pictures turning up in the most exotic of places and for all kinds of odd reasons, too.

Here's an example:

"MacKenna's Gold" hit theaters in 1968, but four years later, her image as Hesh-ke, was swiped by a Yugoslavian magazine devoted to...stories about the American west.

As you can probably figure out, this book in magazine format is not about movies, but about the exploits of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, who were more famous for "The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" than any involvement with Native American beauties.

Remembering Greta Thyssen

We were all saddened at the passing of Greta Thyssen, the Danish beauty who graced the covers of so many magazines, and starred in many films that have a cult following.

Like Julie, Greta was sought after for memorabilia show appearances, so that fans could get her autograph on a vintage photo from "Beast of Budapest," "Trouble is a Man" or "Journey to the Seventh Planet," to acknowledge some of her feature films.

Of course, fans also wanted the pin-up pictures Greta had on the table, from her Miss Denmark days to her triumphs in America, being sought after for photo shoots in top magazines. We can't forget that 3 Stooges fans idolized both her beauty, and her bravery in working with Moe Larry and Joe Besser, and not ducking the occasional pie.

Here's JULIE and GRETA back in 1958, attending a glamorous movie premiere at the Paramount Theater. Julie very much enjoyed the times she could have a chat with Greta. Both ladies were known back then as not only beautiful, but brainy. They could talk about a wide, wide range of topics. Greta's daughter is a professor in upstate New York.

Greta lived on the Upper East Side in New York, and literally had heads turning even in her 80's. She wore high fashion clothes, high heels, and people knew she was someone special...if not a movie star, then a society lady, or maybe even a literary lioness. Greta enjoyed sitting in on acting classes, but her main avenue of creativity was painting. Her apartment had a lot of her paintings stacked vertically in the hallways, so they could be "flipped through." There were too many for the walls!

Greta was a "Catwoman," too. Prowling her elegant, penthouse-styled spacious apartment was her black cat, Inky. There wasn't man nor beast, nor other actresses, who didn't admire The Great Greta.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A remake of BABY JANE?

Some Julie fans have wondered about some of the recent portraits of her, which they find "morbid," black and bleak. It's a shock because on Facebook she usually posts pictures of herself at home in one of the sunniest and most colorful gardens in California. She also posts all those vintage pictures of Catwoman and other roles that involve a inscrutable smile.

Perhaps the pictures (one of them borrowed for the collage below) will have someone thinking, ""Hmm...when we need a new Cruella DeVille, let's audition Julie Newmar. Julie's image has always been playful, but the right role could change that.

Some may recall "If...Dog...Rabbit," a movie that was unfortunately a bit botched in the editing and direction. It could have signaled to Hollywood that the mature Julie Newmar can take on very dramatic roles. Her very brief scenes in that one hinted at what she could do in a realistic drama. Or...villainy with that important touch of sardonic satire.

As they got older, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, both veterans of many a romance movie, became campy stars of horror films. They were soon joined by Olivia De Havilland, Tallulah Bankhead and others who brought out an ax, a knife, a gun or some poison to become the Mother of All Nightmares. An entire genre sprouted up for people scared of women in general, and having mother issues in particular.

Here's a fantasy of Julie raising chills and smiles at the same time...who would you put in the Joan Crawford role opposite her??

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Suckerberg's Facebook trying Fake Scams with Julie's FB page

Yes, you know:

The Internet is full of scams and schemers, bootleggers and con artists. Plenty of celebrities are being impersonated all the way from Twitter to Facebook and back.

While Facebook has been busy finding ways to force "Suggested Post" spam on its loyal readers, they've dropped the ball on "Private Message" scammers. In a variation on the Nigerian Prince and his emails, Julie fans have been getting private messages that SEEM to be coming from her account.

Somehow, they quickly degenerate into requests for money, sometimes involving the usual bogus charities.

A few of Julie's Facebook friends have reported the crooks and have noted what to look for.

It's sad and outrageous that the Internet giants, such as Facebook, Spotify, Amazon, eBay and Google, which often have CEO's making BILLIONS, can't put a few extra office drones on security issues.

To the contrary, when efforts are made on Julie's behalf to remove FORGED AUTOGRAPHS, faked nude images, invasion of privacy YouTube videos, etc. some of these Internet giants request going through hoops that can take hours and hours, only to get "sorry, the forms must be filled out again..."

Federal law is often violated, because the Internet giants have the loopholes of DMCA on their side. They are only required to respond to a DMCA...and their response can be "sorry, we don't believe you have a case, go sue us." Some sites respond to "intellectual property" complaints, some say "if it's not a copyright issue, we can not help you." Make that "WILL not help you."

Their greed ends up biting them on the rear, when they allow their minions to be cheated and tormented by private message spam, by anonymous bullies, by impersonation, and by a complete lack of common sense in requiring people to sign up for blogs and social media pages without a credit card or any easy means of identification.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Standing Room Only, February 11 w/ Ed Asner

It's a fascinating combination: Julie Newmar and Ed Asner...

...in a reading of ONWARD, a new play by Christine Rosensteel

The ONE NIGHT ONLY show (Sunday, February 11th) is SOLD OUT, but maybe there's standing room? The champagne reception is at 5, the reading is 5:30, and at 6:45, Julie and Ed will autograph their books...Ed's "Groucho Historian" and Julie's "Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth."

http://www.roadtheatre.org/onward-reading/ NoHo Senior Arts Colony, 10747 Magnolia Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601