Julie London

Julie London


9/26/1926, Santa Clara, California



Birth Name

Julie Peck


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Julie London was born in Santa Rosa, California on September 26, 1926. Her parents, Josephine and Jack Peck, had been vaudeville performers; Julie made her professional debut on their San Bernardino radio show when she was three years old. The family moved to Los Angeles when Julie was…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Julie died on the same day of what would've been, Bobby Troup's 82nd birthday.

    • Julie died on the same day as: Gwen Verdon.

    • Julie enjoyed listening to Barbra Streisand's and Roberta Flack's music, who happened to be her favorite singers.

    • Julie's trademark is her smoky, sultry voice.

    • Children with Jack Webb: daughters Stacy and Lisa. Children with Bobby Troup: daughter Kelly Troup and twin sons Jody and Reese. Daughter Stacy Webb died in an auto accident in 1996.

    • Is portrayed by Julie Simone in Bettie Page: Dark Angel.

    • Julie was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

    • Hired for ex-husband Jack Webb's Emergency! with new husband Bobby Troup. They played a staff doctor (Troup) and a nurse (London) in a hospital emergency room.

    • Her four most-sought-after and successful albums are: About the Blues (1957), Feeling Good (1965), Easy Does It (1968), and Yummy, Yummy, Yummy (1969).

    • Known in some circles as The Liberty Girl for helping establish Liberty Records as a successful label, her many hit albums on that label include Julie Is Her Name,Calendar Girl with some borderline erotic (for the time) cover photography by Gene Lester,About the Blues,Your Number, Please,Send For Me,Love Letters,The End of the World,In Person at the Americana,The Wonderful World of Julie London and the provocatively titled Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast

    • Julie was the stepmother of Ronne Troup and Cynnie Troup.

    • Julie had starred in her first movie when she was 18.

    • Julie was the classmate of Arthur Hamilton and Caroline Woods.

    • When Julie was getting a divorce from Jack Webb, she agreed, then went to court. Judge Whyte granted the divorce, and approved the property settlement agreement, under which Webb had paid his wife $150,000 in cash, gave her $150,000 in securities of his production company, $21,000 a year for herself and for the couple's two children, Stacy and Lisa. Webb also agreed to take out a $150,000 insurance policy to guarantee alimony payments in case of his death. In addition, she got a new Cadillac, jewelry and furnishings.

    • Julie was raised in San Bernardino, California, before she moved with her family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 14.

    • Billboard Magazine named her the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956, and 1957.

    • Julie met her first husband, Jack Webb, at a Los Angeles jazz club, when she was only 16 years old.

    • When Emergency! was canceled, at the end of the seventh season, she retired from both acting and singing.

    • At 17, she tried out for a band, but went back to working as an elevator operator where one of her passengers was talent agent, Sue Carol, who was the wife of Alan Ladd (whose ex-wife - Carol - would later become the mother-in-law of future actress, Cheryl Ladd, who married David Ladd, Alan's son. Cheryl divorced David in 1980).

    • After the deaths of Bobby Troup's and hers, their Encino home has been sold for close to its last asking price of $1.9 million. The Colonial-style home was designed for London in 1959 by the late architect Paul Williams, who incorporated four 19th century marble fireplaces into the design. London had purchased the fireplaces in France.

    • Before she was a successful singer and actress, Julie worked as a department store elevator operator, where she got paid $19 a week.

    • Julie was a heavy smoker, since she was in her late twenties. Despite of this habit, she had suffered a stroke in 1995, and had been in failing health for five years, until her death.

    • Was a spokesperson (while singing) for Marlboro Cigarettes from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.

    • Years after the cancellation of Emergency!, her former co-star, Randolph Mantooth had never kept in touch with her, except when in late 2000, he heard of her death. Mantooth said on his official website, when he was growing up, he and his family were all said to be huge fans of hers.

    • Both Julie and Bobby Troup had been good friends with Robert Fuller, for many years, before he co-starred with them on Emergency!

    • Was the first choice to have a female lead in Emergency!, when the lounges she performed were closed during the Nixon administration.

    • Julie said in an interview that her family relatives had been married for 40 years, and almost as the case for herself that Bobby Troup, had died early in 1999, before this.

    • Daughter Kelly Troup, died on March 11, 2002, just 1 1/2 years after the death of her mother.

    • Julie's popular song, Cry Me a River, was written by her old classmate, Arthur Hamilton, but was produced by Bobby Troup. The same song was later covered by Joe Cocker and Aerosmith.

    • Julie's Emergency! (qv) co-stars, Randolph Mantooth and Robert Fuller, both guest-starred on the same episode of The Fall Guy, in 1986, and eleven years later, on the same episode of Diagnosis Murder, which was used as a reference of the show, in 1997.

    • Julie dated singer/songwriter and future Emergency! co-star, Bobby Troup, on- and off- for 5 years until she married him on New Years' Eve, 1959.

    • Before Julie was a successful actress, she was once a model.

    • Julie is best remembered by the public (as an actress) for her starring role as Nurse Dixie "Dix" McCall on Emergency!

    • Was best/good friends with: Jack Webb, Rosemary Clooney, Steve Allen, Ann Doran and Gary Cooper.

    • Attended the same high school as Peggy Ryan, Donald O'Connor and Tommy Rall.

    • She had 12 hobbies: cooking, spending time with family, singing, partying, knitting, dining, reading, working on crossword puzzles, swimming, playing games, sports and gambling.

    • Graduated from Hollywood Professional School in Hollywood, California, in 1945.

    • As a teenager of the 1940s, she was described as the young Bette Davis that London was provocative, very different, while in the 1950s, she was described as the magnificently assembled blonde child.

    • Julie dropped out of school at 15.

    • Julie started performing professionally at the age of 3.

    • Julie was voted "The Most Exciting New Vocalist of 1956" in THEME magazine's annual international jazz popularity poll. Steve Allen presented her with the award from the publishers of the magazine when she appeared on his show on January 20, 1957.

  • Quotes

    • Julie London: I was really stupid about it. I thought, 'Oh, that's nice.' My first song, 'River,' was No. 1 for four months, but I didn't know the business then; I didn't know what it meant.

    • Julie London: (Of having both of her daughters following in their mother's footsteps - as actresses) It really doesn't matter how I feel. They'll do what they damn well please anyhow. My 10-year-old daughter Kelly was on an Emergency! She'd read my script and found a part for someone her age. She asked me to call and see if she could play it. I said, 'No way. You want it badly enough, you call.' She did, and got the part. She was on the road with me when she was 2 weeks old. I thought: 'I'll be damned if I'll let her stay home; later, she'll wonder who the hell I am.' I love it when we're on hiatus. From February to June, I just cook and do crazy things like that. I even try to help the kids with that new math. But forget it. Bobby's a Phi Beta Kappa, but he can't do their homework. They use phrases in the textbooks that I never heard of.

    • Julie London: If I had to cook three times a day, I wouldn't be entranced with it, but I do love to cook breakfast. I make a 10-minute or a 45-minute breakfast, depending upon my mood and appetite. I'm a great bacon fan, our favorite eggs are basted with bacon fat, and I mean the drippings from the bacon I've just fried. I hate the taste of burned butter. Frequently I make bacon gravy by browning flour in the drippings. Then I add milk and coarsely ground pepper and cook it until its rich and thick. I make ham gravy the same way, it's my husband's favorite, and my kids adore it.

    • Julie London: (On the singers she liked - as of 1973) I think Roberta Flack is sensational. The only music I don't really like is country and western. Except when Ray Charles does it. I think Barbra Streisand's great. I love her when she sings softly. Talk, about control; I never had the kind of discipline for voice training. But I think it's great to be identified with one song, like I was with 'Cry Me a River;' Fifteen years later, Streisand did it and sang the hell out of it.

    • Julie London: (If she missed being on the road, as a singer, prior to being a professional actress): Hell, no. You know how l handled it all those years? I threw up a lot. I'd finish working at 1 A.M. and then I couldn't sleep. And I'm always a wreck at openings. Then I settle down. I do know how to handle audiences. When they get noisy, I sing soft. But you know what I miss? The clothes. I had gorgeous gowns when I was on the road. The other day I had to go buy a dress because I didn't even own one. I'm always in jeans or those damn nurses' uniforms.

    • Julie London: (In 1972) I'm not crazy about sexual activities so explicitly shown. Sex is a terribly personal thing. It shouldn't be exploited.

    • Julie London: (On her singing voice) It's only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of oversmoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate.

    • Julie London: (In 1973) I got a letter from some dame who criticized my demeanor on the show. She said it wasn't proper for me to wear a padded bra. I've never worn a padded bra in my life. I visited some hospitals when we started Emergency! Some of the gals are wearing shag haircuts and earrings. Things have changed.

    • Julie London: I'm the world's worst. I dislike women in large groups, and as individuals.

    • Julie London: Women should be women, who wants them to be asexual? Not your old buddy.

    • Julie London: (Of Jack Webb) I'm friendly with Jack. It's just a business relationship. It's not embarrassing at all. The divorce happened 19 years ago. That part of my life is all behind. Bobby is very friendly with Jack. I'd never worked with Jack before, but Bobby has done several Dragnets and Adam-12s.'

    • Julie London: (When she became an actress) I wasn't going to, but the store was filled with actors, working there between jobs. They said, 'Go on, See her.'

    • Julie London: (When asked if she wanted to star in the pilot of Emergency!, alongside her then husband, Bobby Troup): Hell yes.