Julie London: The 'Emergency!' Life Saver Who Was 'Too Sexy'

Left: Julie London as Dixie McCall on 'Emergency!' in the '70s. Right: Detail of the cover of London's 1959 album 'Swing Me An Old Song.' Sources: Wikimedia Commons; Amazon.com

Which Julie London do you remember? Successful as both a singer and actress, Julie London had at least two phases of her career: there was Julie the sultry singer of torch songs, and there was Julie ER Nurse -- Dixie McCall -- on the hugely successful TV series Emergency! You could probably add in a brief career as a WWII-era model and pinup, and tack on a fourth era as a Golden Age of Hollywood actress alongside such stars as Robert Mitchum, Rock Hudson, and Gary Cooper.