London’s Bridge is Going Up!

By SHEILA JOHN DALY


The Chicago Daily Tribune


August 17, 1947

 
 

    SUE CAROL, actor’s agent, stepped into the elevator In the Hollywood department store. The pretty strawberry blonde elevator girl started the ride with the conventional “Going up." Little did 20-year·old Julie London, then Julie Peck, know that “going up” would soon refer to her movie career.

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    Julie was born and raised in California, the only child of a vaudeville star and a stage singer. Acting is just “doing what comes naturally" for her. While attending school In San Bernardino, and later the Hollywood Professional school, she specialized In dramatics, tho drawing and singing were crowding the field.


    So far Julie has appeared in only one film, “The Red House," playing the elfish Tibby opposite both Lon McCallister and Rory Calhoun, but public response to her portray will put her before the cameras again almost immediately.


  Her next acting assignment will be the starring role opposite veteran John Garfield In “M  onrise." But the 5-foot-3, 105 pound, blue-eyed star takes her success quite calmly. After all, she's only 20 and still Intent on having fun.


    Julie is the first to deny that Hollywood Is a glamour town dotted with nothing but movie studios and bright light nightspots. In fact, she hasn't been to a nightclub in “I don't know when." Instead Julie, her steady beau boy, Jack Webb, and the young crowd with which they travel usually spend their evenings at a private home, listening to records.


   What kind of music? Well, Julie prefers Tschaikovsky Sibelius, Rlmsky-Korsakov, and Prokofiev, even tho some of the fellows and gals In her crowd are jazz fans and hot music fiends. Just to keep everyone happy, an evening of music includes both types.


    When she’s not listening to recorded music, Julie Is most likely to be found at one of the neighborhood movie theaters. This Is not just devotion to her career; she and her friends happen to be slightly wild over movies. At this point they’re engrossed with the foreign importations. Documentaries come next on the list of favorite cinema fare.

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    After the movies gang heads for Dave’s Blue Room, a small restaurant which specializes in “near pickles” and scrambled eggs. But every  date evening ends early, because eight hours of sleep is an absolute requisite for looking lovely before the cameras, and those studio calls often come as early as 6 in the morning.


    The Julie London bridge to stardom is going up, but fast!