Singer-Star Julie London Likes Buttons, Bows Styles

HOLLYWOOD --- (NEA) --- When Julie London hooks herself into something that
was considered high fashion out thar in the wide open spaces of the early west, she doesn’t give a single thought to the snappiest 1959 creations  from Paris.

She’s real gone, says Julie, on the “old look.”

The ’89 fashions for milady were more feminine and glamorous than today’s, is Julie’s opinion of the silks and satins she wore in “Man of the West” and the just completed “The Wonderful Country.”

“Any woman who says the authentic feminine clothes of the post-Civil War period aren’t glamorous is out of her mind,” Julie was telling me over a glass of iced tea in the Beverly Hills Hotel’s Polo Lounge, through the portals of which pass the best-dressed women in the country.

“I wouldn’t even mind wearing an 1880 dress right here,” Julie announced. “Why, they really had high style including plunging necklines. The only difference from today’s clothes is the floor length and the bustle. And that I even like.”

“The Wonderful Country” is Julie’s sixth non-singing movie role in three years and it’s a bit of a laugh, you know, on Hollywood. She gave up her acting career when she married Jack Webb and then she announced she was available as an actress again when they were divorced.

But Hollywood couldn’t have been less interested in the ex-Mrs. Jack Webb. Not until her low blues voice and “Cry Me A River” made her one of the best known vocalists in the country, that is. So? So, she has yet to sing in a movie except for warbling title songs over opening credits.

Today Julie is ready to cry --- more than enough for a river --- if she doesn’t get the chance, just once, to be in a film musical and sing, sing, sing.

“Even,” she laughed. “if it has to be a western musical.”

Julie’s singing of one hit album after another, by the way, is proof that a vocalist can rake in the loot these days without help from the big teen-age market. She has ignored rock ‘n’ roll for romantic ballads and she guesses the London-record-buying set goes “from college age to a fellow who wrote me a fan letter. He was 82 and said he wanted to marry me.”

Looking back now at resuming her career, Julie says: “It was sort of a life-begins-at-the-ending thing. I had to start all over again.

I walked in the door backwards with a hit record and then had to live up to it.”

About her two daughters --- nine-year-old Stacy and six-year-old Lisa, Julie laughs, “Kids say the darndest things and I’ve got a pair Art Linkletter could write another book about.” Like Stacy’s announcement the other day:

“Mother, I’m going to be an actress when I’m 18.”

“Now where did you get that idea?” asked Julie.

“That’s what you told Ed Murrow,” was Stacy’s reply.

What Julie told Ed, on a “Person to Person” call, was that if Stacy wanted to be an actress she could make up her own mind when she was 18. What amazed Julie was that the Murrow show was a year ago and there had been no talk about it since Murrow said “Goodnight, Julie London” and turned back to his ash tray.

Which brings us to Julie’s TV plans. Yes, a series probably for next fall. With the singing never combined with her movie rolls. She will play a widow who inherits a night club, a chic place, around which melodrama whirls when she isn’t singing there. She has gone into partnership with Dick Powell’s Four Star films to do the show and she’d like to say that she thinks Powell is one of the smartest men on TV.

“He knows what he’s doing and that’s unusual in TV,” she said. “I listen to him.”

Marriage to long-time boy friend Bobby Troup? Julie London repeated words she’s been saying for some time. “I don’t know.”


The Victoria Advocate

Victoria, Texas

Sunday, February 22, 1959

HIGH FASHION --- Julie London models the very latest thing in evening gowns ---for her.