Julie Carves a New Career Out of Wax

 
 

Julie Carves a New

Career Out of Wax

By Edwin Schallert

Los Angeles Times

October 28, 1956

"No, I don't sing rock and roll; I'm not that hungry."

So Julie London told me in her sultry voice over the phone from Las Vegas, where she winds up a nightclub engagement tonight.
She's been making a major hit in the Nevada entertainment capital but even more noteworthy is the success of her recording of "Cry Me a River," which sold up into the golden million class.

"That song seemed to have excellent gimmicks, both melodically and in its lyrics, which may be the reason for its big success," said the star who divides her time between singing and acting in films.

"It's always hard to guess just what the public will like, however."

Miss London began a career in pictures 10 years ago, when she did "The Red House." She married Dragnet Star Jack Webb. Just a year and three months ago she began reshaping her whole future as a result or a night-club engagement at John Walsh's 881 Club in West Hollywood. Since then she has appeared at the Cameo Room in New York and the Interlude here. She has been featured with the Spike Jones band during her first Nevada venture.

Also to her credit are two popular albums of recordings, "Julie Is Her Name" and "Lonely Girl," while a third, "Calendar Girl," is just out. Still another is in prospect to be called either “About the Blues" or "London by Night."

The great oddity is that each album has 13 sides, or numbers. Miss London considers 13 her lucky number, though "it hasn't brought me any luck in Las Vegas," she said. "I'm never on that number when it means a win."

“It all started by accident, because I had intended limiting my first album to 12, but ran over by one. So when we did 'The Calendar Girl,’ Arthur Hamilton, who created the songs, had to provide one which he called ‘The 13th Month.’

"From now on I'm going to dedicate myself to tape and, film. I've had enough night-club engagements for the time being, and I'm not interested in going on the stage. Naturally, the picture that interests me the most is 'The Helen Morgan Story,’ and I hope I get a chance to test for that."

May Be in Running

The word is out that Michael Curtiz, director of this Warner production, heard her in Las Vegas, so Miss London may be definitely in the running for the role which has been mentioned in connection with practically every nightclub singer.

Though she was away from the screen for about six or seven years Miss London has been regularly in films like "The Great Man," "Drango," and as a guest singing star, "The Girl Can't Help It." Best, perhaps is her dramatic role as a southern beauty with Jeff Chandler in the Hall Bartlett-United Artists production of "Drango" for Chandler's own Earlmar Co.

Though she received a large divorce settlement (rumored at $400,000), Miss London has never permitted herself the luxury of an idle life. She began her singing somewhat accidentally as a result of a friendship with Bobby Troup, who has a night-club trio.

"I used to sing when he was at the piano, and he encouraged me to exploit my voice," she said.

While she admits Troup is her boyfriend, Miss London declares she's going to be very cautious about a second marriage.

One important phase to her life is her devotion to her two daughters by Webb---Stacy, 6, and Lisa, who will be 4 next month.