Julie London

Hollywood Bowl

 
 

It seems characteristic of Julie London’s career that fans buy her record albums even if they don’t own a record player! They just can’t resist the beautiful girl on the cover.


Hollywood motion picture producers have been displaying an equally unconventional approach. They’ve been signing the flashing-eyed beauty for films as fast as her availability will allow, even though their scripts don’t call for a singer!


As a result of all this, Julie has achieved recognition as one of the screen’s fastest climbing dramatic actresses.


While every new success in her career seems to startle Julie, the non-singing aspect of her film work doesn’t particularly surprise her. “After all,” she says, “I began as an actress long before I began singing. It just seems that, because of my records, most people today seem to think of me as a singer first.”


Shortly after graduation from high school in San Bernardino, California, she was working in a Hollywood store when Alan Ladd’s wife, talent scout and former actress, Sue Carol, spotted the attractive young girl. A screen test quickly brought her a contract, and she appeared in six pictures with notable advancement for her career.


At the behest of friends, however, she turned to singing, since in high school she had achieved prominence as the regular vocalist with dance bands playing weekly in the San Bernardino Auditorium. Her opening at Sherry (sic) Walsh’s chic Hollywood night club tabbed her an immediate sensation. Her success there was immediate. She introduced her big hit, “Cry Me A River,” and was quickly sought in the East, where she made appearances in New York’s Cameo Room and on the Perry Como, Steve Allen and Ed Sullivan TV Shows.


“It was my singing that attracted the attention of Hollywood producers,” she says. “At least, it was after my start in night clubs and on records that I was offered the role with Jose Ferrer in “The Great Man,” and from then on I’ve been pretty busy.”


She has starred in 15 pictures since then, with no time off for vacation. On her few days
between films, she has been more than occupied recording title songs to the pictures (the only opportunity to sing offered by her film roles), and also recording hit albums for Liberty Records.


A girl who appears genuinely amazed by the demand for her acting services, as well as by the popularity of her singing, she professes no partiality between her two careers. “Singing is more fun,” she opines, “but there is more challenge , and more satisfaction , in playing a good role on the screen.”



Of course, some day I’d like to combine the two in a big film musical. Meanwhile, I just keep pinching myself and hoping my good luck continues.”


Julie and her husband, arranger-conductor-musician, Bobby Troup, live ina a beautiful new home in the Royal Oaks section of North Hollywood. They recently added a recording studio, which enables them to cut all of their popular discs without having to walk out the front door.


Early reports indicate Julie’s two daughters, Stacy, 10, and Lisa, 7, will follow in their talented mother’s footsteps. They are continually cutting “fun” records in the new studio!

 

Concert Program

September 23, 1961