Singer Julie London Answers Questions on Her Film Career

NEW YORK --- Julie London, you doll, take the stand!

Q --- “Haven’t you had a great success in the movies since your divorce from Jack Webb?’

A --- (Sitting barefoot, in a coral-colored dressing gown, with a scarf around her blonde hair, in her hotel room) --- “Well, I’ve got three pictures coming out…”

Q --- “Do you think the publicity about your divorce helped you resume your movie career?’

A --- (Dropping her head) --- “I like to think not.”

Q --- “Do you think it helped you become important on records?”

A --- “I’ll never know for sure.”

Q --- One more question and we’ll get off that embarrassing subject. In view of your success since you split up with Jack, are you glad it happened?”

A --- (Unenthusiastically) --- “In some ways yes, and in some ways no.”

Her chin sank down on her upraised knee and she added: “As long as it had to happen, I’m glad it happened when it did in stead of 10 years later. It’s been three years now. Time softens you a lot.”

Q --- “You’re still friends?”

A --- “In a ridiculous sort of way.

Miss London plays an alcoholic singer in “The Great Man,” a José Ferrer film based on Al Morgan’s hit novel about radio. But she wouldn’t say whether she’s portraying a girl now known as one of TV’s Big Names.

Q --- “But everybody thinks it’s about . . .”

A --- (Smiling evasively) --- “It’s a composite!”

Q --- “Is it possible you could get an Oscar for the part?”

A --- “I’m not even thinking of it.” Aside to her girl friend, Kay Saunders: “Wouldn’t that be the end?”

Q --- “How old do you say you are?”

A --- “Oh, I’m 30.” (Laughing) “JUST!”

Q --- “How do you play this alcoholic singer part?”

A --- “She’s loaded. She tries to sing with the record playing in the background. It’s just dreadful.”

Q --- “Is that good for a girl singer like you with a big reputation to protect?”

A --- “I think my father made the greatest comment --- he’s the one who goes to all the movies. He said, ‘I forgot you were in the picture. I forgot you were my kid.”

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JULIE SAID that José Ferrer’s wife, Rosemary Clooney, had suggested her for the role.

“I was scared to death of him as a director. But we sat around in his living room talking it over before starting, and became quite friendly.”

Q --- “Those cheesecake pictures on your new album?”

A --- “They say they’ve sold 60,000 just on the pictures --- but I’m QUITE covered.”

Q --- “Your real name’s Julie Peck?”

A --- “Yes, that was before Gregory made it famous. I used to run the elevator at Roos Brothers, a beautiful men’s store . . . I mean a beautiful store for men.”

Q --- “Has your new career affected your two daughters any?”

A --- “I took them to a drive-in to watch me, and my mother said to Stacy, the 6-year-old, “Do you think that girl up there on the screen’s pretty?” And she said, ‘Yeah, but not as pretty as my mommy!” I get no reaction at all!”


Saturday – November 25, 1956

By: Earl Wilson - On Gay Broadway

(Yes…It really said that. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)