Julie London News Briefs

This page contains about thirty small news items that I came across in my research. You may find them interesting. Scroll down to see Julie London in Playboy.



Painesville Telegraph, Painesville Ohio

Wednesday - July 31, 1946


JULIE LONDON, 19, operated an elevator in a Hollywood store until discovered by Sol Lesser. You’ll soon be seeing Julie in a featured role opposite Edward G. Robinson.


St. Petersburg Times

Wednesday - June 18, 1947

Walter Winchell On Broadway

Man About Town

Pals expect Jack Webb and actress Julie London to elope any paragraph . . . .


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Monday - July 7, 1947


By Hugh Dixon

The Monday Wash

HOLLYWOOD, July 6 --- Has anything gone wrong with the marriage plans of Julie London, of “The Red House,” and Jack Webb, the radio actor of “Sam Spade”?


Chicago Daily Tribune

Friday - May 20, 1949

Looking at Hollywood

By: Hedda Hopper

    Julie London and Jack Webb reconciled after a six-month separation. They’re in Palm Springs for a second honeymoon…


The Victoria Advocate

Thursday - June 18, 1953

Jack Webb, Wife Reconciled After Talk

    HOLLYWOOD (AP)---Jack Webb, producer and star of “Dragnet,” and his actress wife, Julie London, have reconciled.

“We had a chance to sit down and talk things over,” the actress said yesterday in revealing the end of a three-month separation. “I believe we ironed out our troubles and understand each other better than ever.”

The Webbs were married July 19, 1947, in Las Vegas


The New London Conn., Evening Day

Friday - July 8, 1955

By: Harrison Carroll

    HOLLYWOOD---When Jack Webb brought Dorothy Towne to the 881 Club to hear his ex-wife Julie London, sing, it was the first time Julie had seen him in two years. She isn’t around when he comes to pick up the children. In fact, she hasn’t even talked to Jack on the phone in two years.

And when she sang for Webb and his new bride, this was the first time she had ever seen her successor, Dorothy Towne.

“As I looked out and saw them,” says Julie, “I was afraid it might throw me. But it didn’t. After the show, I invited them to come and sit with Bobby Troup and me. We chatted in a friendly fashion. Seeing Jack again did nothing at all to me. It was almost like talking to a stranger.”


Pittsburg Post-Gazette

December 27,1955

On Broadway

by Dorothy Kilgallen

Gossip in Gotham

There’s quite a tug of war going on between the Copacabana and the Cameo because both night spots want to sign Julie London (beautiful ex-wife of Jack Webb) for her New York debut. But Julie’s insisting that her fiance, Bobby Troup, and his trio, must be part of the package as “the only proper backdrop” for her warbling.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Thursday, January 12, 1956

Main Street Reporter

Earl Wilson’ Broadway

. . . Seeing sexy Julie London (the ex-Mrs. Jack Webb) opening at The Cameo, a viewer sighed, “Webb must be nuts.”


Lakeland Ledger

Sunday June 22, 1956

Dorothy Kilgallen Reports On Broadway

. . . Julie London’s exciting performance in “The Great Man” may qualify her as one of next year’s Oscar nominees, if her co-players in the picture are any judge of talent. Russ Morgan (type-cast as a bandleader in the film) says her scenes toward the end of the story are particularly moving, and cites a drunk episode which Julie played so poignantly that the rest of the cast burst into spontaneous applause when it was finished.


The Evening Times, Glasgow, Scotland

(Scotland’s Top Selling Evening Newspaper)

Friday - July 6, 1956


By Benny Lee

    It has long been my opinion that Julie London is a girl worthy of a hit parade rating, and I’m glad to know she is getting a screen break with a hit-size song, “The Meaning of the Blues,” in a new film called “The Great Man.”

    Meanwhile, sit back and listen to the way the gal glides through the 13 tracks of an LP with the title “Julie is Her Name.” She’s a real joy to listen to.

    The numbers she sings include “Say It Isn’t So.” “Easy Street,” “Cry Me a River,” “I’m in the Mood For Love,” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” If this doesn’t make you want to queue up for her picture then I’m a hermit.”


Daytona Beach Morning Journal

Thursday - October 29. 1956

The Voice of Broadway

Dorothy Kilgallen

. . . Julie London’s smash debut in Las Vegas was enhanced by an episode that could have spelled misery for a less poised performer. She began a number with a frog in her throat, waved to the band to stop and said, “Wait a minute. There’s no need for all of us to suffer.” After she had coughed and composed herself, she began again. The audience was delighted. . .


Daytona Beach Morning Journal

Monday - November 22. 1956

The Voice of Broadway

Dorothy Kilgallen

FOUND: A new record buying public. They’re men who don’t own phonographs, but can’t resist those 13 pinups of beautiful Julie London on the cover of her latest album, “Calendar Girl.” (Pssst---fellows! Play the record. It’s good.)


The Milwaukee Journal

Thursday – February 7, 1957

United Press --- A 147-year-old model of the British warship London was viewed at an
exhibit in New York City by Julie London, actress and recording star. Appraised at $4,000, the three-foot model of ivory and whalebone was completed in 1810 by French prisoners of war in England. Its prototype was the 18th century, 98-gun British flagship that lost a crucial battle in the American Revolutionary war.


Playboy Magazine

May 1957



The Dispatch

Lexington, NC

Saturday - November 9, 1957

Behind The Scenes in Hollywood

By Harrison Carroll

HOLLYWOOD---The Julie London entourage to Europe for “A Slight Case of Adultery” will include her two children and a nurse, boy friend Bobby Troup, friend Caroline Jones, business manager Bob Gunter and Bob’s wife, Beryl, once wed to Johnny Weissmuller. I asked Troup if he and Julie will be married in London. “Not that I know of,” he said, and I’m not giving out with any predictions. I’m tired of making an ass of myself.


Sunday Herald Magazine

Sunday - November 8, 1959

CHAMPAGNE SHOWER. . . . In scene from “The Voice,” starring Julie London and Edmond O’Brien, script calls for him to dump glass of champagne down front of her dress. To make matters worse, scene had to be shot four times before they got it right. (UPI Photos)


Toledo Blade

Thursday - December 10, 1959

TV and Radio Program Guide


PAT BOONE - Not much on the chatter, but Pat has Julie London around to give the show and the climate some heat. Julie solos, duets with Pat and then with Louis O’Brien. Later she joins Pat and the cast for “Winter Wonderland.”


Jet Magazine

Thursday - December 10, 1959

Busy architect Paul Williams, who recently turned out a show-place home for singer-actress Julie London (she moved in last week) will shortly announce two more important assignments---one in Washington, D.C., the other in Nashville, Tenn. . . .

Note: Julie London and Bobby Troup were married in this house a few weeks later on New Year’s Eve 1959. They lived there until their deaths in 1999 and 2000. The house sold for $1.9 million in 2002.


The Miami News

Monday - May 29, 1960

UPI --- Outlook for summer: The bathing suit makers will save cloth, and sun tan lotion will be splashed on by the gallon.

The Bikini is catching on.

Instead of sheathing themselves in yards of cloth, as grandma used to do at the beach, more and more American girls are going to depend on two handkerchiefs and a hope, according to department store experts across the country.

Julie London, mother of two girls, said she always wears a bikini, but “the bikini belongs in your back yard and nowhere else.”

“It has nothing to do with modesty,” Miss London said. “It just lacks dignity and gives too many people the wrong idea.”

Groucho Marx, surprisingly, objected to bikinis---but for a different reason.

“Some philosopher once said ‘woman’s greatest strength is man’s imagination,’ “ Groucho said.


Sunday Herald - Bridgeport, Conn.

Sunday - January 8, 1961

By: Harry Neigher

Luckiest restaurateur hereabouts is Skinker Victor Gilbert of Stonehenge. As New Year’s weekend lodgers he had Julie London and her pianist hubby Bobby Troup. So what happens New Year’s Eve at the Stonehenge bar? Julie sings for free for an hour while Bobby doubles at the keyboard with Dave Shire!


The Evening Independent – St. Petersburg, FL

May 23, 1961

TV Mailbag

Q --- I’m puzzled --- can you tell me the reason behind Broderick Crawford’s three-second, one-word performance on the premier of “Acapulco”?

A --- That’s just one of the gimmicks the producers decided to use for the show --- a “guest” each week who makes only the very briefest appearance. The next week found Julie London sitting at the bar in the show --- and she didn’t have any lines at all other than those she brought with her. The gimmick didn’t help much. The show is apparently also making only the briefest appearance.


Chicago Daily Tribune

Sunday - August 13, 1961

Songstress Julie London is making her Chicago nightclub debut at Mister Kelly’s, sharing the bill with her husband-pianist, Bobby Troup.

Webmaster’s Note: This was Julie and Bobby’s first nightclub appearance in Chicago. Nine months later, on April 30, 1962, their daughter, Kelly was born and named for the nightclub (and owner) where they were working when Kelly was conceived. That’s kind of sweet.


Spokane Daily Chronicle

Wednesday - May 1, 1962

Singer Julie London gave birth to a 5-pound 4-ounce daughter Monday in Hollywood and then announced that she will fulfill a recording date in three weeks. The child was named Kelly. She was the first child for Miss London and her husband, pianist Bobby Troup. She had two girls by her previous marriage to Jack Webb….


Chicago Daily Tribune

August 12, 1962

Friday, songstress Julie London opens a three-week engagement at Mister Kelly'
s tomorrow with her husband Bobby Troup, pianist.


The Deseret News and Telegram

Monday - March 18, 1963

Expectant Julie Not Wanted By Collegiates

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. (UPI)---San Diego State
College students moved this weekend to cancel an appearance by singer Julie London because she is pregnant.

“She just won’t have that old sock appeal,” said activities advisor Robert Butler Monday.

Butler said it was learned from a magazine article that Miss London, wife of Bobby Troup, is expecting twins.

Webmaster’s Note: In a later interview regarding fitness, Julie recounted  how she gained just 12 pounds prior to her delivering twin sons. Not the smartest nor certainly the most politically correct move on the part of Robert Butler in my opinion.


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Wednesday - May 15, 1963

Julie London, Hubby Hurt

    ENCINO, Calif. - May 13 (AP)---Singer Julie London and her husband, musician Bobby Troup, were injured yesterday in a three-car pileup at Encino in the San Fernando Valley of California.

Their daughter, Kelly, 1, and Lisa Webb, 10, daughter of Miss London and her first husband, producer Jack Webb, also were injured.

Troup told officers the pileup occurred when the two cars ahead of him stopped suddenly.

     NOTE: When you read the next story, you will see that Julie was just two weeks away from giving birth to her twin sons.


The Milwaukee Journal

Wednesday  - May 29, 1963

Twins Are Born to Julie London

Van Nuys, Calif.---AP---Singer Julie London gave birth to identical twin boys Tuesday at Valley Presbyterian hospital. They are the second and third children for Miss London and her musician husband, Bobby Troup. They have a 1-year-old daughter, Kelly. Miss London, 36, has two other children by her first husband, actor Jack Webb. They are Stacy, 13, and Lisa, 10.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune

April 3, 1964

It Happened Last Night

By Earl Wilson

Sexpot Julie London, Mother of five, stepmother of two more, took me into her bedroom (yep!) to look at her cribs after her big opening at the Americana. Her daughter, Stacy Webb, 14, who’s Jack Webb’s daughter, was dancing with Julie’s husband Bobby Troup, father of Reese and Jody Troup, 10-months-old twin boys in the cribs. It’s a happy family --- and motherhood’s giving Julie the shimmeringest figure in Show Business, and what a plongée gown she almost comes out of!


Palm Beach Daily News

Friday - April 3, 1964

By Louis Sobol

Two advocates of “smoke-up folks” are starring in rival hotel supper clubs --- Edie Adams at the Waldorf’s Empire Room Julie London at the Americana’s Royal Box and at least ringsiders need not feel guilty when they puff up while the singing gals are offering their routines.

When Ella Fitzgerald was the attraction at the Royal Box, she halted her act to glower at two gents smoking cigars . . . put on a big coughing act and shamed the chaps into tossing their stogies away. This is the same Ella who used to sing away for hours in smoky dives on W. 52nd street and never seemed to mind.

At any rate, getting back to the present, Edie is certainly at her entertaining best when she delivers her devastating impressions of Jane Mansfield, Marlene Dietrich and especially Liz Taylor.

As for Julie London, her sultry, sex-paced style is built to order to madden torch carriers and her slim, youthful appearance makes you skeptical when you learn she is here with no less than seven children, two of them belonging, of course, to her husband, Bobby Troup, from a previous marriage. But she mothers them all.


Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Sunday – May 8, 1966

What In The World!

By Allen Garvin

Julie’s Dilemma

ulie London’s agent admits he has a problem: he can’t seem to make up his mind whether he should sell the sultry personality as an actress who can sing---or as a songstress who can act. The blue-eyed beauty from Santa Rosa, Calif., does both. “Singing is more fun,” Julie claims, “but there’s more of a challenge and more satisfaction in playing a good dramatic role. Someday I’d like to combine the two in a film musical.”


The Deseret News

September 6, 1967

This ‘n’ That On TV

MGM was so eager for Julie London to star in a Man From U.N.C.L.E. episode that they chartered a plane to take her back and forth from her Tropicana show in Las Vegas to the studio for a full week.


Middlesboro Daily News

November 29, 1968

It Happened Last Night

Broadway By Columnist  Earl Wilson

    Bob Hope and Toots Shor caught Julie London’s act at the Waldorf, but first Bob passed on a line from Gen. Eisenhower who must be feeling a lot better. He said Ike mentioned there are 3 stages of life, “Youth, Maturity, and ‘God, you’re looking good!’” Hope gazed at Julie’s low neckline and observed, “I’ve known you for 15 years and you haven’t changed an inch.”


Gettysburg Times

January 9,1970

Julie London To Have Surgery

NEW ORLEANS (AP) --- Singer Julie London has cancelled the remainder of a singing engagement at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Blue Room to return to California and enter a hospital for surgery, her agent said Thursday.

He said she would perform tonight for the last time, but he gave no further details.  The New Christy Minstrels, the Blue Room attraction before Miss London, will fill out her booking, which was scheduled through next week.



Bobby, Kelly and Julie

Morgan, Julie London, Joanne Gilbert

PLAYBILL Excerpt:. . . . Al Morgan, ex-TV exec, wrote a novel titled The Great Man, in which he beautifully bayoneted certain aspects of the television industry. He then went to Hollywood to work with José Ferrer on the film version of the book (you’ll find him on this page standing with two other, more comely members of the Man cast).

Webmaster Note: Al Morgan penned the lead story in the May 1957 Playboy titled, Master of the Revels. The photograph above was taken during the filming of The Great Man. So now you know that Julie London did indeed appear in the May 1957 Playboy on page 4. Although, she reveals more of herself on most any of her 30+ album cover photographs. See . . . look what you can learn when you read Playboy for the articles.