It Took Bobby Troup Six Years To Close the Deal With Julie London

 
 

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Pittsburg Post-Gazette

Thursday – December 17, 1953

By: Dorothy Kilgallen – On Broadway


Broadway Bulletin Board – NEW YORK --- Julie London Webb, recently split from the “Dragnet” man, has a new hero---Phil Gray, a West Coast bandsman.

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The Sunday Herald

Sunday – February 14, 1954

By: Sheilah Graham – Heralding Hollywood


…And the ex-Mrs. Jack (Give Me the Facts Ma’am) Webb, Julie London, is all around the town with John Beradino…

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The New London Conn., Evening Day

Wednesday February 17, 1954

By: Harrison Carroll

Behind The Hollywood Scene


Julie London, who carried a torch after the breakup of her marriage to Jack Webb, is very happy now in her new freedom.

She has bought a $50,000 home for herself and the children in Encino, and is dating Pete Rugolo.

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The Montreal Gazette

Monday - March 22, 1954

By: Dorothy Kilgallen – Voice of Broadway


Gossip in Gotham --- Julie London (Jack Webb’s ex) and Charlie Barnet (practically everybody’s ex) have discovered each other. . .

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Ottawa Citizen

Friday – April 2, 1954

By Erskine Johnson – Movieland Gossip


HOLLYWOOD---Julie London is forgetting Jack Webb for Pete Rugolo, the jazz musician-arranger, who’s introducing her to all the aunts, uncles and cousins. Rugolo and Betty Hutton once were altar candidates but he never got around to a family “preview.”

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The New London Conn., Evening Day

Thursday - June 24, 1954

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD---Julie London’s parents approve of Bobby Troup. All dined together at the Encore room before Julie took off for six weeks in Europe. Just a few nights before, when Julie was sitting with friends at the Palladium, her soon-to-be ex, Jack Webb, walked up to the table with Dorothy Towne. Julie quickly left.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday - July 7, 1954

By: Dorothy Kilgallen

On Broadway - Jottings in Pencil

NEW YORK---Julie London, ex-wife of Jack (“Dragnet”) Webb, has a marriage proposal from comedian Bobby Troup, now working in Europe. He’d like her to rendezvous with him in London for the ceremony…

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The New London Conn., Evening Day

Wednesday - July 21, 1954

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD---Bobby Troup says he gets a letter every day from Julie London (the ex-Mrs. Jack Webb), now traveling in Europe. She’s on the French Riviera now.

Julie originally intended to stay another five or six weeks, but according to Bobby, she misses her two children so much she will return in about two weeks.

Bobby and his musical Troup open at the Encore room Aug. 16, the same day his new Capitol record, “Julie Is Her Name.” is released. The song is Bobby’s latest composition and I don’t have to tell you who Julie is.

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The New London Conn., Evening Day

Thursday - August 12, 1954

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD---Julie London, the soon-to-be ex-Mrs. Jack Webb, had a ball in Europe, says she still hasn’t made up her mind whether to marry Bobby Troup. But they seem very devoted.

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The New London Conn., Evening Day

Friday - November 12, 1954

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD---The interlocutory divorce decree of Julie London Webb was not recorded until Nov. 29, 1953, so neither she nor Jack Webb can pick up the final papers until Nov. 30 of this year, or possibly Dec. 1.

    Julie tells me she and musician Bobby Troup still don’t have any marriage plans. He won’t be free until August, anyway. I asked Julie about the rumors that she will resume her acting career. “It’s very possible,” she said. “I’ve been kicking the idea around. I’m tired of being idle.”

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The New London Conn., Evening Day

Wednesday - January 19, 1955

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD---I asked Julie London, the ex-Mrs. Jack Webb, whether she and Bobby Troup have any definite marriage plans. “I’m not going to marry anybody for a long time,” she replied. “I give myself at least two years.”

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Ottawa Citizen

Monday - July 4, 1955

By: Sheilah Graham


HOLLYWOOD --- The ex-Mrs. Jack Webb, Julie London, now singing at John Walsh’s 881 Club, while her steady date, Bobby Troup, is vocalizing right across the street at the Encore Room.

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Daytona Beach Morning Journal

Thursday - July 14, 1955

By; Walter Winchell


NEW YORK---Julie London and Bobby Troup to wed next month when his decree arrives.

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Chicago Daily Tribune

Saturday - August 6, 1955

By: Hedda Hopper

Looking at Hollywood

HOLLYWOOD Aug. 5---Never underestimate the power of a woman. When Dorothy and Jack Webb get back from their 30-city tour the nation in behalf of “Pete Kelly's Blues," they'll spend six days at home, then leave here Sept. 6 to board the Queen Mary in New York and sail to Europe for a week holiday. For the first time in years Webb will be traveling without schedule and a retinue. Wonder if he'll know what to do with himself? . . . Webb's ex, Julie London, and Bobby Troup are teaming up professionally as well as romantically. Come fall they plan a TV show and night club act together.

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St. Petersburg Times

Monday - January 9, 1956

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


NEW YORK---Intimates wonder if Julie London really will marry musician Bobby Troup in the near future. No doubt that they adore each other, but she’d lose all that alimony from Jack Webb.

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Palm Beach Daily News

Tuesday - January 24, 1956

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


NEW YORK---Bobby Troup, the male star of the Cameo’s program, has troubles most chaps would adore---but they’re giving him a nervous breakdown. Since he arrived on the New York scene, totally strange ladies in his audiences have been giving him the fairly obvious eye to the extremely apparent annoyance of their escorts, and the topper came when a Hollywood cutie just getting the star build-up introduced herself in the crowded cocktail lounge and followed the formalities with a big impetuous kiss. Bobby’s problem: He’s engaged to Julie London, the spectacularly curvaceous singer on the same bill, and she’s not one bit broadminded about lipstick smears.

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Sunday Herald - Bridgeport, Conn.


Sunday - February 12, 1956

By: Irwin Alpert


Brief Hello: Julie London, ex-wife of Jack Webb and Liberty Record singing star in her own right (“Cry Me A River”), made her only appearance on Tiny Markel’s record show. She was accompanied by her director, Bobby Troup, whom the columns report is to be her next husband.

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The Miami News

Friday - March 1, 1957

Jack Webb’s ‘Ex’ To Marry Troup


Hollywood, Calif., March 1---(AP)---Composer Bobby Troup and singer Julie London have announced they will marry this spring.

Miss London, divorced wife of Jack Webb, television actor and producer, credits Troup with encouraging her to start a new career as a singer after quitting films. She is 30 and Troup 38.

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The Dispatch - Lexington, N.C.

Monday - March 25, 1957

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD---Until her father recovers from his stroke and is well enough to attend the ceremony, Julie London will postpone her wedding to musician Bobby Troup.

I ran across Julie, in make-up, lunching at Lucey’s with John Ireland, her fellow performer in the Playhouse 90 TV show, “Without Decision.”

“This time,” she tells me, “I want to be married here, and with my family present. I’ll wait until Dad is able to be with me.”

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Daytona Beach Morning Journal

Saturday - April 13, 1957

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


NEW YORK---When Bobby Troup makes his film debut in “Bop Girl Goes Calypso” (and isn’t that the trashiest title of the year?) his fiancée, Julie London, will be close at hand to lend him moral---and decorative---support. She accepted a walk-on part in the movie just to be near him when he plays his big scene.

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Reading Eagle

Tuesday - April 30, 1957

By: Danton Walker


…Looks like the Julie London -- Bobby Troup marriage, frequently postponed, won’t occur at all…

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St. Petersburg Times

Sunday – May 5, 1957

By: Louella O. Parsons


…But the odds on Julie London and Bobby Troup’s marriage have gone way down since she announce “postponement” plans for their July honeymoon…

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The Miami News

Monday - May 20, 1957

By: Sheilah Graham


Hollywood, Calif., May 20 --- Deeply engrossed two-some spotted driving through Beverly Hills: John Ireland and Julie London. Where was trouper Bobby Troup?

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The Deseret News And Telegram, Salt Lake City

Tuesday - June 18, 1957

By: Sheilah Graham


HOLLYWOOD, (NANA) --- Next picture for Robert Taylor is “The Law and Jake Wade,” another western, to follow “Saddle the Wind” which goes to Colorado with Julie London and John Cassavetes. Julie’s fiancée, Bobby Troup, will go with her. They keep putting off the wedding. I wonder why.

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Kentucky New Era, Hopkinsville, KY

Friday - July 12, 1957

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


NEW YORK---Miss Midnight’s Notebook---At the last reading of their nuptial barometer, Julie London and pianist-composer Bobby Troup planned to marry either in Hollywood or New York toward the end of this month, then honeymoon in Europe. At least, that’s what HIS friends say.

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The Milwaukee Sentinel

Friday - July 19, 1957

By: Louella Parsons


HOLLYWOOD - July 18 (INS) If Julie London is waiting for her career to cool down a bit before she marries and takes a honeymoon with Bobby Troup, I’m afraid this wedding is in for another postponement.

On Aug. 5 (that’s practically here) she reports to Universal-International to co-star with Richard Eagan in “This Day Alone,” a powerful drama of an alcoholic who hits bottom before he is saved by the devotion of his wife. Gordon Kay is the producer.

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The New London Conn., Evening Day

Tuesday - September 3, 1957

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD --- Looks as if Julie London and orchestra leader Bobby Troup may settle their battle, which caused Julie to a announce the engagement was off.

I heard Bobby was out at the house to see Julie.

“Did you kiss and make up?” I asked her.

“Not yet.” She replied. “We still have a lot to discuss. But at least we are talking to each other.”

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The Deseret News And Telegram, Salt Lake City

Tuesday - September 24, 1957

By: Sheilah Graham


HOLLYWOOD (NANA)---Julie London now says there isn’t a chance of a marriage with ex-fiancée Bobby Troup. “We were lucky we found out that marriage is not for us. No hard feelings either”. . . .

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Toledo Blade

Tuesday - September 24, 1957

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


NEW YORK, Sept. 24---Gossip in Gotham: Julie London’s friends doubt that her most recent tiff with Bobby Troup was caused by a mere “silly argument,” as advertised; they think is most likely stemmed from her interest in Richard Egan.

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Daytona Beach Morning Journal

Wednesday – November 6, 1957

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


NEW YORK---Bobby Troup puzzles the peasants with his amorous vacillations. He calls Julie London on the phone every few minutes, but still dates his former wife…Joyce Bryant, who gave up show business to devote all her time to religious singing, now makes $40 a week and has ballooned to 170 pounds.

Webmaster note: “Meow!!!”

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The Gadsden Times - Gadsden, AL

Wednesday - November 18, 1957

By: Erskine Johnson


HOLLYWOOD (NEA) --- Julie London and her long-time musical pal are expected to make Londontown the scene of their marriage late this month. London, England, that is.

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The Miami News

Tuesday - January 7, 1958

By: Sheilah Graham


NEW YORK, Jan. 7 --- Julie London’s long-time admirer, Bobby Troup, has written the title song for her current picture in London, “A Question of Adultery.” He was over there with her and intimates expect them to marry when the movie is finished, and honeymoon in Switzerland.

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The Dispatch - Lexington, N.C.

Tuesday - February 18, 1958

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD-An insurance representative turned up the three-carat diamond that dropped out of Julie London’s ring. He wired her on the “Man of The West” location that the gem was found between the seat cushions in her car…

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The Milwaukee Sentinel

Friday - March 14, 1958

By: Louella O. Parsons


Hollywood---Snapshots of Hollywood collected at random: What do you make of this, Watson? Julie London received a diamond ring from Bobby Troup.

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The Milwaukee Sentinel

Friday - April 25, 1958

By: Louella Parsons


HOLLYWOOD, April 24 (INS) Julie London stopped in to see me with a bad sunburn. It even hurt her to move. “Where did you get such a burn?” I asked her.

“Right in my own back yard,” she said. “I was so tired I fell asleep.” She was exhausted when she got back from location on the picture “Man of The West” with Gary Cooper. She couldn’t say enough how nice “Coop” is, so relaxed, and so kind and considerate to all the cast and crew.

I asked Julie about her coming up marriage to Bobby Troup. She’s wearing a big diamond on her engagement finger, but she said she had no plans for marriage right now.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Wednesday - August 6, 1958

By: John Crosby


Miss Julie London, Mr. Troup’s perennial fiancée who is in town for her appearance on Bob Crosby’s show, spoke up; “I don’t think the reason the big bands aren’t in demand any more is because kids don’t dance the way they used to. I remember when everyone danced. Now, they just move around to this rock-‘n-roll stuff and they can’t do any other steps.”

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The Montreal Gazette

October 10, 1958

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


…Julie London and Bobby Troup are out of sync (again)…

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Monday - November 3, 1958

By: Earl Wilson


NEW YORK---Julie London’s friends say the reason she isn’t marrying Bobby Troup just yet is very simple: $18,000-a-year alimony from Jack Webb…

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Reading Eagle

Tuesday - November 25, 1958

Julie London to Wed Bobby Troup


Hollywood, Nov. 25 (AP)---Singer Julie London and jazz Pianist-composer Bobby Troup, who have been dating for four years, plan to marry about Dec. 15, their manager reports.

“They suddenly discovered there’s no reason not to be married,” said Robert H. Ginter who manages both.

Miss London, 31, has two children by Jack Webb, from whom she was divorced. Troup also has two children by a previous marriage.

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Time Magazine

Monday - December 8, 1958


A meandering four years after love walked in, husky-throated Singing Cinemactress Julie London, ex-wife of Dragnet's Joe Friday, and Composer-Pianist Bobby Troup decided to make a wedding of it (in mid-December), left their joint business manager to utter the thought-provoking explanation: "They suddenly discovered there's no reason not to be married."

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The Dispatch - Lexington, N.C.

Friday - December 12, 1958

By: Harrison Carroll


HOLLYWOOD --- The Julie London - Bobby Troup marriage probably won’t take place until Christmas. Julie’s picture with Bob Mitchum is two weeks behind schedule. Troup flies to Mexico City in a few days to visit her…

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The Sarasota Journal

Monday - January 5, 1959

By: Walter Winchell


Broadway Beat---You’d be amazed at the number of people on the coast who suspect Julie London and Bobby Troup secretly wed long ago . . . We doubt it.

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The Montreal Gazette

Thursday - August 20, 1959

By: Dorothy Kilgallen


Broadway Bulletin Board: Julie London and William B. Williams appear to be the town’s most-in-love duo --- so what’s her story when she returns to Bobby Troup, or does she?

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Schenectady Gazette

Wednesday - October 21, 1959

By: Dorothy Kilgallen - Voice of Broadway


Miss Midnight’s Notebook: Hipsters can’t figure out the persistent rumors that Julie London and Stan Kenton are in love. Stan’s very much married, with kiddies…

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Ocala Star-Banner

Wednesday - November 4, 1959

By: Erskine Johnson


HOLLYWOOD--(NEA)--CLOSE-UPS & LONGSHOTS: Julie London’s still Miss Undecided about marriage to long-time boy friend Bobby Troup. “You know me, I’m scared.” She shrugs off the “When?” question…

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Webmaster’s Note: Julie London and Bobby Troup were finally married New Year’s Eve 1959, at her home in Encino. At the time, Julie was running a 103 degree fever due to a virus and they had to postpone their honeymoon. It looks like long engagements do lead to long marriages as their 40-year honeymoon ended only with Bobby’s death in 1999.

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                       Hedda Hopper

 

Julie London was granted her divorce from Jack Webb in November of 1953. Some time later she met Bobby Troup and by July 1954, he had asked Julie to marry him. For the next six years, their wedding was off and on, almost too many times to count.

Julie and Bobby’s relationship was the kind gossip columnists love to chronicle. I have about 45 gossip column extracts from their six-year “engagement” presented in chronological order. For the short attention span theater crowd, you just need to scroll down to view the reversals of the thumbs up or down icons on the left to track how they’re doing.

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