Julie London Entertains

at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner - February 25, 1961

 
 

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From a radio interview with Martin Block

March 1966


Q. You've appeared just about everywhere, including a White House performance. You know, I've often wondered, Julie, how do you get these invitations? I've never been invited.

A. Darned if I know. This is the one appearance that I made for President Kennedy. He, as I understand, had his choice or was asked to make a list of the people he would like to have perform and I was fortunate enough to be one of them.

Q. In other words, President Kennedy picked you.

A. Yes, I believe so and I must say, he had good judgment in more than one way. He was a marvelous man to perform for because he was most interested in music of all kinds.

Q. For some reason or other, I have the idea that these kinds of things at the White House would be rather stodgy or even the Press Ball would be rather stodgy, that everybody would be constricted and a little bit worried about who was listening and that they didn't make any mistakes. Did you find it that way?

A. I think we were all terribly nervous.

Q. You were?

A. More so. It was a pretty large audience as far as the personnel was concerned and I must admit that we all had a flutter or two.  But the people themselves were so nice that that was quickly forgotten and everybody relaxed and had a wonderful time.

Los Angeles Times

Entertainment

Thursday - February 16, 1961

By Hedda Hopper


    Julie London received an invitation to sing at White House Correspondents Dinner on    February 25 and immediately headed for Don Loper's to order the most beautiful gown he had in his head.
 

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About Reporters And The President

By Bill Henry

Los Angeles Times

Tuesday - February 28, 1961


It was the biggest White House correspondents' dinner ever---1,500 or more black-tie guests who appreciated the whole show which was topped off by a spot of sex-appeal by singer Julie London and singer-dancer Dorothy Provine. And, oddly enough, the biggest applause of the evening went to two genuine top flight cultural artists, violinist Mischa Elman and Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera basso Jerome Hines, whose roaring rendition of "Old Man River" rattled the rafters with masculine timbre.

I’m betting President Kennedy was envious of Julie’s date.

ATTENTION ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS:

    FOR RELEASE IN AM’S 2/23

    2/23/61 - HOLLYWOOD: Singer Julie London is dashing around Hollywood in a mad rush trying to find a new dress for an appearance before President Kennedy and his cabinet. Miss London will sing at Saturday night’s gathering of the White House Correspondents’ Assoc. and government officials. Julie seldom wears the same dress twice and certainly wouldn’t don an old gown to entertain the president.      UPI TELEPHOTO


The above release accompanied this photo.

 

I Don’t Think Julie Found A New Gown For President Kennedy


    Take look at these photographs taken of Julie in 1956 and compare them to those of her with President Kennedy above in 1961. I’m far from being a fashionista, but to my eye it doesn’t look like Julie found a new gown and recycled an old favorite from five years earlier. It didn’t matter as  President Kennedy seems to approve of the entire package.
 

Description: President John F. Kennedy poses with a group at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. (L-R) Columnist Holmes Alexander; Orchestra Leader Eddie Pierce; Teddy Piero and Hector Piero (jugglers known as "The Peiro Brothers"); actress and singer Julie London; President Kennedy; actress Dorothy Provine; violinist Mischa Elman; actor Ralph Bellamy (behind Elman); actor Joey Bishop; opera singer Jerome Hines (behind Bishop); pianist Joseph Seiger; Bishop's manager Joe Merman (behind Seiger), producer of the White House Correspondents' Show Joel Margolis.

Description: President John F. Kennedy talks with actress and singer Julie London at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Description: President John F. Kennedy talks with guests at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. (L-R) President Kennedy; singer and actress Julie London; London's accompanist Al Viola.

Description: President John F. Kennedy talks with guests at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Sheraton Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. (L-R) President Kennedy; orchestra leader Eddie Pierce; singer and actress Julie London; London's accompanist Al Viola.

Webmaster’s Note: The previous four photographs are from the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s digital archives. The photographer was Abbie Rowe who was initially entrusted by Franklin Roosevelt to provide photographic coverage of the President's activities. He continued this work under the administrations of Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson.

I don’t know who shot the above two photos, but perhaps Julie had husband Bobby bring the the family Kodak Brownie and record the event.