Girl On A Buttermilk Binge


During the past year, Julie London has sung on five TV shows, made three movies, warbled in three night clubs and cut a highly successful record. If she were not so lazy, this girl might get somewhere.

“No fooling,” she said recently, “I’m one of the laziest girls I know. I hate to work.”

Stretched upon a chaise in a room that overlooked Central Park, she smiled languidly and ran a comb through her taffy-blonde hair. She is a girl of spectacular good looks---and refreshing good humor.

Why, she was asked, did she work so hard if she disliked it so much?

“I tried doing nothing at all,” she said. “And after a while I that was far worse than working. After I made this discovery, things just started to happen to me.”

Julie is exactly the kind of girl to whom you’d expect things to happen. And things began to happen to Julie at an early age. At 16, she was discovered by a talent scout while running an elevator in a Los Angeles department store. She made her movie debut at 18. Landed big roles in “The Red House,” “Task Force,” “Tap Roots,” “The Fat Man,” and was bowling along towards stardom. Then, at 20, she also got married---to a fellow named Jack Webb.

Today, at 30, her marriage behind her, she’s on her way up again. And this time she’s aiming for the top.

Julie’s comeback began about a year ago when her friend (now her fiancé), composer Bobby Troup, persuaded her to sing for a week in a Hollywood bistro. She sang “Cry Me A River”---and her sultry good looks and warm voice had the customers appealing for more.

Last year “Cry Me A River” sold half-a-million records. Julie heard herself singing on TV with Bob Hope, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen and on Zane Gray Theater (as well as in clubs in New York, Hollywood and Las Vegas.) Then, discovering that she was in demand again as an actress, she portrayed an alcoholic in “The Great Man,” a southern belle in “Drango” and Julie London singing “Cry Me A River” in “The Girl Can’t Help It.”   

During a recent three-day stay in New York, she was interviewed by five magazines, seven newspapers and syndicates, eight radio programs, a brace of TV newscasters and one gentleman selling insurance.       

One of the reporters found her supine on the divan, combing her hair. She told him that she was lazy, that she was scared of TV. “I figure if I goof it, 30,000,000 people will be in on the goof.” That she loves starchy foods but never indulges on the stuff. (“I’ve been on a buttermilk binge for a year”), that she hates to sing in night clubs (“everybody in a club is so busy entertaining each other that they can’t hear the people who are there to entertain them”) and that she honestly feels she is on her way to big things.

“I have a pleasant voice,” she said. “It’s not a great big voice, but it’s the only one I’ve got. Television scares me, but I do love to sing and more people are going to see me sing on TV than anywhere else.”

Her favorite audience: her two daughters, Stacy (7) and Lisa (4). Julie’s favorite song: “S’Wonderful”, favorite movie: “The Great Man.” Also she said, the great man certainly wasn’t supposed to be Webb.

A promo agent hovering in the background, like a one-man Greek chorus, murmured that Julie was expected at Sardi’s about 7. Julie laughed languidly, arose from the divan and strolled toward the door.


Julie London also has ideas on night clubs, TV and work.

TV Guide

May 4-10, 1957