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This Day in WWII 20 November 1940 - 1945


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StrombergCarlsonAd-Nov1942.jpgStromberg-Carlson Radio Ad - November 1942



1940: Hungarian Premier and Foreign Minister in Vienna agree to join Axis Powers.


Julie%20Newmar1.jpg*Julie Newmar



1941: The exiled Norwegian Government in London officially backs 'Milorg', the largest resistance organisation in Norway.


1941: Germans take Rostov.


1941: Japanese issue attack orders, although no action is to be taken until the results of the latest diplomatic negotiations are known.


Julie%20Newmar2.jpgJulie Newmar



1942: Northeast and southwest of Stalingrad, the attacking Soviet armies are making rapid progress in the direction of Kalach on the Don, the chosen meeting point of the two pincers. The 6th and 4th Panzer Army's hurriedly dispatch mobile units to bolster the unprepared and crumbling Romanian defenses west and south of the Don. Hitler relinquishes his command of Army Group A to Kleist.


1942: The Eighth Army reaches Benghazi.


CadillacAd-Nov1943.jpgCadillac Ad - November 1943



1943: The Eighth Army crosses the Sangro River for first time. 4,800 British prisoners are taken at Samos in the Aegean. Jews in northern Italy are to be sent to concentration camps.


1943: The Red Army achieves a breakthrough near Kremenchug in the Ukraine and advances toward Kirovograd. Hitler does not allow Army Group North to withdraw to Panther line. Russian POW losses for war now total over five million.


1943: US Marines land on Makin and Tarawa atolls in Gilbert Islands, with fierce fighting reported.


Julie%20Newmar3.jpgJulie Newmar


1944: French troops drive through the 'Beffort Gap' to reach the Rhine.


Julie%20Newmar8-Stupefyin%20Jones%20in%2Julie Newmar in her role as Stupefyin' Jones in "Li'l Abner" (1959)


1945: The Nuremberg trials begin, with Goring, Ribbentrop, Hess, Keitel, Jodl, Raeder, Doenitz, Streicher and other top Nazis on trial.


Julie%20Newmar5.jpgJulie Newmar



*Beauty, brains and a fantastic sense of humor. Julia Chalene Newmeyer (Chalane was her mother's maiden name) was born on August 16, 1933, in Los Angeles. Her father was a one-time professional football player (LA Buccaneers, 1926), her mother was a star of the Follies of 1920. From an early age, Julie studied piano, dance and classical ballet. She graduated from high school at the age of 15, and spent a year touring Europe with her mother and brother. Julie became prima ballerina for the Los Angeles Opera. She attended UCLA studying classical piano, philosophy and French.


Julie went to New York and tried out for Broadway musicals; in 1955 Julie made her Broadway debut as the ballerina in "Silk Stockings." Julie won acclaim for her role as Stupefyin' Jones in "Li'l Abner." Though audiences and critics alike where stupefied by her good looks, that is not the compliment Julie wanted. Julie wanted to be known for her comedy, as she told the New York Times: "Tell me I'm funny, and it's the greatest compliment in the world." Promoting her various Broadway and off-Broadway show appearances, Julie often posed as a pinup girl. Making the transition to TV, Julie appeared in Rod Serling's science fiction series the "Twilight Zone" in 1963, playing Miss Devlin (devil). As physical perfection, Julie was perfect to play Rhoda the Robot in "My Living Doll", the sitcom had an enthusiastic cult following.


Julie%20Newmar6.jpgJulie Newmar



In 1966, urged on by her friends, she would try out for and be cast as Catwoman (a character she had never heard of) in the wildly popular TV series "Batman." Due to a movie commitment, Julie was unavailable to play TV's Catwoman in the 3rd season (her part was taken by Eartha Kitt). Julie was very busy in the 1960s and 1970s, making guest appearances in many TV shows and several TV-movies. Because of her love of the stage and live performances, Julie toured the country in stage productions of "Damn Yankees" and "Dames at Sea" and others. Becoming an entrepreneur, in 1977 Julie turned up in People Magazine wearing her new invention "Nudemar" pantyhose (due to an elastic back seam it provided fanny support). In the 1980s, Julie appeared in 9 films while she was busy raising her son and working in the real estate business. Julie went back to UCLA to take a few real estate courses. In 1991 Julie toured in a stage production of "The Women." Still very active, and very beautiful, Julie will appear at fan conventions occasionally.



Measurements: 37-23-37 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)

Has 37" legs (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)

Spouse: J. Holt Smith (5 August 1977 - 1983) (divorced) 1 child

Gave birth to her only child, a son, while she was in her late 40s.

Her son John is deaf and has Downs Syndrome.

I.Q. of 135. Graduated high school (Los Angeles' John Marshall High School) at age 15.

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."


Julie%20Newmar4.jpgJulie Newmar


(on how she got her most famous role, Catwoman on "Batman" (1966)) I had lived in New York at the time on Beekman Place. I remember it was a weekend, Friday or Saturday, and my brother had come down from Harvard with five or six of his friends, and we were all sitting around the sofa, just chatting away, when the phone rang. I got up and answered it, and it was this agent or someone in Hollywood, who said, "Miss Newmar, would you like to play Catwoman on the 'Batman' series? They are casting it out here." I was insulted because he said, "It starts Monday." I said, "What is this?" That's how television is done: they never know what they are doing until yesterday. Well, my brother leaped off the sofa. I mean he physically levitated and said, " 'Batman'! That's the favorite show at Harvard. We all quit our classes and quit our studies and run into the TV room and watch this show." I said, "They want me to play Catwoman." He said, "Do it!" So, I said, "OK, I'll do it."


Julie%20Newmar7.jpgJulie Newmar in her role as Catwoman on "Batman" TV Series (1966)



t was so wonderful being on "Batman" (1966) because you could be nasty and mean, and in the '50S women could never--unless you were some 'B' picture actress--be mean, bad, and nasty. It was so satisfying; I can't tell you how satisfying it was.

(interview in Star Trek Magazine, #1, Sept./Oct. 2006) "Star Trek" (1966)--oh my goodness, what a following that show has! I get asked about it all the time, and I receive lots of fan mail from it, even though I only did one episode.

Has her name mentioned in the title of the comedy To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995), while the plot revolves, partly, around an autographed publicity photograph of her.


CadillacAd-Nov1944.jpgCadillac Ad - November 1944


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