Life’s No Longer All Music for

Julie London, Bobby Troup

Caption: Rare moment of quiet for Bobby Troup and Julie London, game of cards in their oversize living room.

Three dogs and an undetermined number of youngsters opened the door of Bobby Troup and Julie London’s handsome, white porticoed home located on a hilltop outside Los Angeles.

“Bobby and Julie had to work late,” explained 22-year-old Stacy, one of two daughters from Miss London’s previous marriage to producer Jack Webb, “C’mon in and relax. Can I make you a drink?”

One steps down into an enormous, elegant but comfortably furnished living room with a huge stone fireplace. The large swimming pool is visible through full-length glass windows and beyond that one can see miles out into the San Fernando Valley.

The showplace home, which Julie and husband Bobby designed (often waking in the middle of the night to sketch an idea), revolves around the living room which the family calls “Julie’s Room.” It is the center of their very active family and friend-oriented private life. The Troups are famous for their hospitality. They hate to see people they like leave.

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Music, which has been principal careers for the pair most of their lives and throughout 19 years of marriage, is reflected, proudly, in various forms throughout the house.

Miss London can still command and audience and sell records with her sexy singing. Troup still plays and composes music for a career that began as a Mask and Wigger with the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1941. Some of his earliest successful songs, such as “Daddy” were written in Philadelphia.

But it is as actors, which they literally became overnight within the last year, that the public now knows them best. Their casting by Webb (who remains a good friend to both) in his new weekly NBC series, Emergency! has not only given them new careers but in a sense, new lives.

Even after a year as head nurse Dixie McCall and Dr. Joe Early in the action series dealing with the paramedical rescue service, the two profess to be slightly bewildered by the sudden turn of events.

“I was singing in Las Vegas last November when we suddenly got the notice to appear in the first 11 episodes,” Miss London recalled upon her arrival a half-hour later.

She wore form-fitting white slacks with matching shiny white casual shoes, a dark jacket, and sun glasses. Bobby, still a youthful-looking 52, dresses modified California Ivy League. He ripped off his tie when he came in, however, and sank wearily down into a deep chair.

“We’d done a two-hour movie, but there was no indication it would become a series,” Miss London continued. “Suddenly it was a January replacement. We went to work immediately. I don’t even think we had a family Thanksgiving Day.”

“Of course, I knew nothing about nursing and Bobby has seldom been near a doctor. The only experience I’ve had with emergencies have been with the kids. One is always getting cut on glass or falling out of a tree, so I’m an old hand at taking them to the accident ward of the Valley Hospital. I guess if I had to, though, I could take your blood pressure.”

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The Troups have five youngsters at home --- Stacy and Lisa Webb and three of their own, Kelly, age ten, and twins, Jody and Reese, who are nine. Troup also has two daughters, Cynthia and Ronne, from his first marriage to Cynthia Hare, a dancer. With all those kids and the large home to maintain, they both cheerfully acknowledge they needed a couple of steady incomes.

Troup, who has also developed as a talented painter, looked happy and relaxed. He has been a close friend of Webb’s since he arrived in Hollywood in 1946 and the difficult marital transition did not affect their relations. Webb is known to respect and admire both Troup and Miss London and he obviously does or they wouldn’t be in his show.


Sunday Bulletin - Philadelphia

TV Time

September 17, 1972

By: Rex Polier