Julie Sings The Blues

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         NEW YORK --- “When you’re a woman and your marriage breaks up,” Julie London said the other day while in a rare confessional mood, “you fall apart. At least I did.”

“I felt suddenly old and stupid . . . and uninteresting and unattractive.”

Julie was still in her 20s when she got a divorce from TV star Jack Webb---who got married to Dorothy Towne the next day---but looking back on it now, she remembers, “I thought at the time my life was over.

“All of a sudden it isn’t ‘we’ any more.”

“Before that, it was ‘We are buying a house,’ or ‘We are raising children’ or ‘We are putting out roses’---and then that we isn’t there and it isn’t even she any more because you’ve lost all your spirit.”

BUT NOW Julie the recording artist, movie actress and TV personality, made clear that it was even worse.

“At first, I was going to get as far away as I could from Hollywood.”

“I thought, ‘I’ll go to San Francisco.’ Then I thought, ‘What’ll I do in San Francisco?’ I decided, ‘I’ll get a ranch and I’ll raise dogs.’

“Then I thought, ‘Now what do I know about raising dogs?”

“That’s when I met Bobby Troup.”

“He’d just been divorced and was at loose ends as I was.”

“One day he said to me, ‘You’re and individual.’ “

“I hadn’t heard that in seven years. I said, “Tell me more!”

“I really hadn’t thought of any career. I’d been in a few pictures, then I’d got married to Jack and retired, and my life was over.

ONE NIGHT Bobby said while he was playing the piano, ‘Why don’t you sing?’ “

“I said, ‘Me sing?’ I’d never done any singing except high school stuff.”

“He claimed to like my singing. And without telling me, he booked me in a night club, Johnny Walsh’s 881 Club.

“He didn’t tell me first because he knew I wouldn’t have approved. And when he booked me, he told the owner, ‘There’s one thing about her---she won’t audition.’ “

“At first, of course, I felt I was being examined by the customers, because I was so-and-so’s wife.”

“They had come to see, was I going to fall on my face?”

“And the greatest thing that happened was when all of a sudden I was my own entity.”

“It was when people said, ’Julie London is opening tonight,’ and not ‘So-and-so’s wife is opening tonight.’ For you have to find out if people like you for yourself and not because you are somebody’s wife.”

THEN, OF COURSE, came “Cry Me A River,” and those albums with sexy pictures of Julie on the cover---and people were asking how Jack Webb let her go.

Julie isn’t sure she handled her career correctly. She was so glad to have become an individual that she accepted a couple of movie roles that she’s sure didn’t advance her work.

Julie comes right out now and announces that she’s 34. She and Bobby Troup were married in January. Her friends claim now that she does as well professionally and financially as Jack Webb. She doesn’t say.

The Milwaukee Sentinel

Friday – November 25, 1960

By Earl Wilson