Born Julia Chalene Newmeyer
in Los Angeles, her
father, Donald, was an engineering professor, head of the Phys Ed
Department, and head football coach at LACC
was on the U.C. Berkeley Wonder Team.
From an early age, Julie
studied classical piano, ballet, and every form of dance her mother would drive her to lessons for, graduating high school at 15, then spending a year in Europe with her mother and brother John.
Making the transition to TV, Julie
had many memorable song and dance routines (a Jonathan Winters Special, The Danny Kaye Show, Mike Douglas Show) but is best known for her comedic as well as supernatural roles.
In the 1980â€™s, Julie
appeared in nine films of â€œpresumptiveâ€ value while raising her
She attended UCLA and took courses so she could more effectively run her own real estate business.
In 1991, Julie
took on the Rosalind Russel role in â€œThe Womenâ€, then astonished Broadway in a revival of â€œLiâ€™l Abnerâ€, 42 years after performing in the original production, same role, same costume, as Stupefyinâ€™ Jones.