Julie Doesn’t Fool Mrs. Troup


(You’ve got to like a gal who works in a TV series with her husband and which is produced by her ex-husband. Julie London was a sexy singer of popular songs many years ago but --- to look at her --- it might have been yesterday. Herewith, formerly Mrs. Jack Webb, currently Mrs. Bobby Troup and on NBC’s “Emergency!” as Nurse Dixie McCall.)

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

TV Week

Sunday - August 13, 1972

By Julie London

HOLLYWOOD --- In the world of make-believe --- the world on which I make my living --- it is sometimes difficult to keep your perspective.

By the very nature of the acting and singing facets of show business, one can easily fall prey to hollow flattery and become convinced that they are noting short of genius.

You are either told that you are sensational, beautiful, sexy, handsome, great, or whatever, depending upon whether you are female or male.

Unfortunately, too many performers begin
to believe this and they bask in this phony limelight of kudos so long that they get an egotistical, third degree burn.

When I perform as a dramatic actress on the screen or as  a singer in a club, I try to throw myself completely into the role or mood of the situation. I am the person I am portraying and I am the woman who believes every word I sing.

But when the cameras stop rolling or the music stops playing and te spotlight is turned off, I am me --- Julie London. Or to be more accurate, Mrs. Bobby Troup, wife and mother.

If I couldn’t return to the real world, not only would I be in deep trouble, but so would my husband and children.

Naturally, it is pleasant to hear praise from fellow workers and the public. It is their way of honoring you. But you must know within oneself whether the praise is deserved and act accordingly.

I enjoy my professional life. But it is because of it that I have been fortunate enough to keep my perspective. I also am blessed with my husband who feels the same way about the world of make-believe and his world at home.

I dare say, that those who see me on the screen or in a supper club, singing a sultry song, would be hard pressed to equate Julie London with Mrs. Bobby Troup at home.

We do all those normal things at our place that most families do. In the mornings, we get the three children, daughter Kelly (10), twins Jody and Reese (9) off to school. Of course, during the days that we both have to be at the studio early, our housekeeper performs this function.

In the evening, we frequently help the children with their homework. Then there are games to play with the youngsters, books to read and music to enjoy. And we are not nightclub or restaurant-goers.

I may sound old-fashioned but our home is our castle. I believe that family comes first. It’s a warm feeling to watch your children grow and let them lead normal lives.

It is sad to see those who let their work or their ambition get in the way of their perspective. Perhaps it was easier for me than some. I was born in a small town (Santa Rosa, Calif.) where life is pretty basic. I guess I’m a small town girl at heart and a homebody.

If all this sounds dull, then three cheers for dullsville. There may be things more glamorous than keeping an honest perspective, but darned if I know what they are.