Julie Newmar: Young Catwoman And Celebrity Inventor (Lingerie), Then And Now

By | August 15, 2020

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Julie Newmar as Catwoman bites on her glove from a publicity photo of the TV series 'Batman,' that ran from 1966-1968. Color slide. Source: Getty Images / Bettmann / Contributor

There's no forgetting Julie Newmar -- whether you know her as Catwoman from the Batman TV series or from one of her standout appearances throughout the ‘60s (we know you’re out there Trekkies). She struts, she stretches, she invents, and now she invests. Hers has been a career of twists and turns. When one thing gets to be old hat she changes up her whole job description - be it a switch from dancing to acting, or acting to designing. Newmar’s life is deeply rooted in her work. Even if every decade of her life is dedicated to some new pursuit it is very much about taking care of business. 

Newmar’s roots are in Los Angeles

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Born on August 16, 1933, Newmar is an Angeleno through and through. Her father worked as the head of the Physical Education Department at Los Angeles City College while her mother went by the name Chalene while working as a fashion designer. Chalene was also deep into the real estate game, something that Newmar mirrored later in her life. From the time she could walk Newmar was taking dancing classes on top of piano lessons. Whip smart, Newmar graduated from high school when she was only 15 years old, beginning a lifetime of changing things up whenever things got a little boring.