Julie London

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Julie London , née Nancy Gayle Peck , (born September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa , California - † October 18, 2000 in Encino , California) was an American actress and singer . It was considered a sex symbol in the 1950s and early 1960s, among other things because of the album covers that were very daring for the time and are still considered collector's items today. London's most famous hit on the US pop charts was Cry Me a River from 1955.


Julie London was the only child of the vaudeville dance and singing couple Clarence Walter ("Jack") Peck and Josephine Rosalie "Jo" Peck (née Taylor). In 1940 the family moved to Los Angeles , where she graduated from Hollywood Professional School in 1945, but before that she had already appeared as a singer (with Matty Malneck's orchestra ) and in films - first in the 1944 camp film Nabonga , which was about an im Girl who has fallen in the jungle and is protected by a gorilla leaves. She was a popular pin-up girl during World War II.

From July 1947 to November 1953, London was married to actor Jack Webb , with whom she shared a passion for jazz music and had two daughters. From 1959 she was married to the jazz composer, songwriter (including Route 66 ) and jazz pianist Bobby Troup (1918-1999) until his death in February 1999. With him she had a daughter and two twin sons.

As a singer, London recorded 29 studio albums for the record company Liberty Records between 1955 and 1969 , starting with her debut album Julie is Her Name in December 1955. With her smoky, not very carrying, but intimate voice - in an interview in Life Magazine in 1957, in to which she had a cover article, she commented on her voice like this: “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. ”- she was one of the most popular singers in the 1950s (in 1955, 1956, 1957 voted for the top by Billboard Magazine in this category). She had a million dollar hit with Cry Me a River (written by her high school classmate Arthur Hamilton ) in late 1955. In 1956 she sang in the film The Girl Can't Help It (directed by Frank Tashlin , with Jayne Mansfield ), in which she played herself. Other well-known recordings of her include Makin 'Whoopie , Blue Moon and It Had to Be You . Her record career ended with Yummy, Yummy, Yummy , a collection of then-current pop songs. Her last inclusion was in 1981, My Funny Valentine, for the Burt Reynolds film Sharky and Its Pros .

As an actress, London has appeared in over 20 feature films, including Storm Over the Pacific (1949) with Gary Cooper and The Man from the West (1958) also starring alongside Cooper. She also played in many television productions, for example from 1972 to 1979 in the hospital series Emergency Call California, produced by her ex-husband Jack Webb, as the nurse Dixie McCall (her husband Bobby Troup also starred there as Dr. Joe Early). In 1974 she was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in the series . After the series ended, she slowly withdrew from show business.

Julie London never fully recovered from a stroke she suffered in 1995 and died in 2000. She is buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles. She has had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame since 1960 .


Studio albums

  • 1955: Julie is her name
  • 1956: Lonely Girl
  • 1956: Calendar Girl
  • 1957: Make Love to Me
  • 1957: About the Blues
  • 1958: Julie
  • 1958: London By Night
  • 1958: Julie is Her Name II
  • 1959: Swing Me an Old Song
  • 1959: Your Number Please
  • 1960: Send for Me
  • 1960: Around Midnight
  • 1960: Julie ... at Home
  • 1961: Whatever Julie Wants
  • 1962: Sophisticated Lady
  • 1962: Love Letters
  • 1962: Love on the Rocks
  • 1963: The End of the World
  • 1963: The Wonderful World of Julie London
  • 1963: Julie London Sings Latin in a Satin Mood
  • 1964: You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry
  • 1965: Our Fair Lady
  • 1965: Feeling Good
  • 1965: All Through the Night
  • 1966: For the Night People
  • 1967: Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast
  • 1967: With Body and Soul
  • 1968: Easy Does It
  • 1969: Yummy, Yummy, Yummy

Live albums

  • 1964: In Person at the Americana

Filmography (selection)

  • 1944: The revenge of the gorilla (Nabonga)
  • 1944: Janie
  • 1948: The Valley of Passions (Tap Roots)
  • 1949: Storm over the Pacific (Task Force)
  • 1950: Return of the Frontiersman
  • 1951: The Fat Man
  • 1957: Drango
  • 1958: Ridden by the Devil (Saddle the Wind)
  • 1958: Against Customs and Morals (A Question of Adultery)
  • 1958: Voice in the Mirror
  • 1958: The Man of the West
  • 1959: Night of the Quarter Moon
  • 1959: Hot Frontier (The Wonderful Country)
  • 1960: A dead person calls (The 3rd Voice)
  • 1960: At the foot of the blue mountains ( Laramie , TV series, episode 2x01)
  • 1961: The Dancing Gangster (The George Raft Story)
  • 1965: Alfred Hitchcock Presents ( The Alfred Hitchcock Hour , TV series, episode 3x12)
  • 1965: Tennis rackets and cannons ( I Spy , TV series, episode 1x12)
  • 1967: Solo for ONCEL ( The Man from UNCEL , TV series, episode 4x05)
  • 1968: Big Valley (TV series, episode 4x02)
  • 1972–1978: Notruf California ( Emergency!, TV series, 129 episodes)

Web links

Commons : Julie London  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/julie-london-mn0000247966/biography
  2. Songs performed or written by Julie London , musicvf.com, accessed December 11, 2017
  3. Ken Bloom: The American Songbook - The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs - 100 Years of American Popular Music - The Stories of the Creators and Performers . Black Dog & Leventhal, New York City 2005, ISBN 1-57912-448-8 .
  4. https://www.allmusic.com/artist/julie-london-mn0000247966/biography
  5. https://www.allmusic.com/album/yummy-yummy-yummy-mw0000186351
  6. http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/singer-of-cry-me-a-river-dies-at-74-638304.html