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Julie Newmar: 5 Reasons To Love The Original Catwoman

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Julie Newmar, the statuesque actress who first played Catwoman on the televised Batman series in the 60′s, still has fans declaring their love of her to this day. Now 78, she says her fanmail mostly consists of letters from guys crediting her with the ushering of their manhood, and, because she’s awesome, she’s okay with that.

If you take a look at the beauty in her prime, it’s no wonder men couldn’t keep their tongues in their heads at the sight of her. With an astonishingly perfect hourglass figure–she measured 38-23-38–Newmar was the woman every other female aspired to be; the height of beauty and elegance. And even if her role as Catwoman required her to purr sometimes and make cheesy puns alongside Adam West’s Bruce Wayne, who cares? No one was listening anyway.

So now, for your enjoyment, here are 5 reasons to love her.

1. This. (Image credit: John Engstead)

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2. This. (Image credit: IMDB)

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3. And this. (IMDB)

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4. She’s still as gorgeous as ever. (Image credit: Wireimage)

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5. This. For the love….this.

Julie Newmar: 5 Reasons To Love The Original Catwoman
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  • Rob

    As if the visual evidence wasn’t sufficient, those stats for the woman who also portrayed Stupefyin’ Jones in the movie, Li’l Abner, are not her only noteworthy numbers. If I am not mistaken, Ms. Newmar also possesses a Mensa-worthy IQ.

    • Please

      You are correct, sir. Julie Newmar is a genius. She paints, plays piano, is an expert gardener, sings, dances, and was able to memorize dozens of pages of intricate dialogue easily (watch “My Living Doll” or “Route 66″ for some of that). She’s recently published her first book (I think signed copies are still available at her website).

  • Swami Joy

    Julie was very good but Eartha Kitt was VERY good as Catwoman!

    • John

      Oh please. By the time Eartha Kitt played Catwoman, she was more cat than woman. Julie was a WOMAN!!!

  • zane

    The first,and still the Best Catwoman ever!!!

  • mch8545

    YEs SIR!!!! The best Cat Woman ever!! Hard to believe she didn’t go on to bigger and better things. All the best…love Wong foo!! lol.

    • lisa clark

      meriweather was in the batman movie (1966) neumar was the first in the batman series (1966-1967)

  • Pedro De Pacas

    Bruce Wayne was such a fag for not hitting that.

  • mike o.

    ummmmm the first Catwoman on batman was Lee Meriweather, later Barnaby Jones’s secratary on tv ! also a former Miss America !

    • shawn

      Meriweather never played Catwoman on the series Batman

      • woodrow loy

        WRONG !!!!

      • EJM

        She wasn’t Catwoman in the series, but was in the pilot movie (officially making her the first Carwoman).

        • Please

          Why are so many people leaving DUMB comments? JULIE NEWMAR was the FIRST CATWOMAN. After the show was a hit, there was a cash-in theatrical film, and Lee starred in it because Julie was already done with the Catwoman role and moving on (she played Hesh-ke in the big-budget “Mackenna’s Gold”). For the last season of the TV show, Eartha Kitt played Catwoman.
          There was no “pilot movie.”
          PS, for another dummy, Steve Reeves was not in either the stage OR the film version of “Li’l Abner.”
          And for yet another dummy, it’s “To Wong Foo,” not FU.
          And for yet another dummy, “Julie Neumeier” is not it. It was Newmeyer.
          What most of you got right, is that Julie Newmar was and is beautiful and funny.

    • Fran Miano

      I’m old enough to remember the Batman tv series when it was first aired, and I can state that the first Catwoman was indeed Julie Newmar. Lee Meriweather was in the movie version, which appeared in the theatres after the tv incarnation had been airing for some time. I further recall being very surprised over the casting change. Lastly, just for the record, Eartha Kitt also portrayed Catwoman in the series, but it was also after Julie Newmar had done so initially.

    • MaryRose

      Too Wong Fu is a cult classic! It is loved all over the world.

  • http://yahoo Vv

    THERE WAS A MOVIE WITH PATRICK SWAYZE, JOHN LEGUIZAMO (SPELLING?) AND
    WESLEY SNIPES CALLED: ‘TO WONG FU, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING, JULIE NEWMAR’ THE 3 GUYS ARE IN DRAG AND YOU COULDN’T FIND BETTER
    ACTORS TO DO THIS………………..SHOWS THEY ARE VERY COMFORTABLE
    ‘IN THEIR OWN SKIN’. THEY WERE WONDERFUL! PATRICK SWAYZE (IN THE MOVIE) LOVED HER AND FASHIONED HIS CHARACTER AFTER HER. SHE SHOWS UP
    IN THE FILM AT THE END. BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED WOMAN. THIS MOVIE
    SHOULD BECOME A CLASSIC!

  • ? Kurt

    Just a few years ago she appeared as a somewhat similar to her real life umm, role as a neighbor to “Jim” in “According To Jim” tv show in a spoofing the real life “feud” she and Jim Belushi(real life neighbors) had. She looked 20 + years better than her “age” which for her is just a number.

  • Fred

    Julie Newmar had prior commitments and could not do the film. BUT another reason to love her is that SHE WAS FUNNY FUNNY FUNNY as Catwoman. The show had many fine comedic performances but she really stood out.

  • Larry

    Catwoman was good, but I’ll always remember Julie as “Stupifyin’ Jones” in the movie “L’il Abner”. She truly was “supifyin’” in real life. She is the cookie cutter for what a sexy woman should look like.

  • Allen Ruby

    DON’T MISS JULIE NEWMAR NAKED IN MACKENNA’S GOLD. A GREAT WESTERN MOVIE WITH OMAR SHARIF AND GREGORY PECK.

  • http://yahoo Jimmy

    WOW! Julie Newmar-the Original CATWOMAN and Steve Reeves-the Original HERCULES were BOTH in Lil’Abner! They may have been the most PHYSICALLY PERFECT ACTORS OF ALL TIME. Steve matched Julie’s 38-23-38 perfection at A height of 6ft-1inch with a 52inch Chest,29inch Waist and 18.5inch arms/neck/calves unflexed. He did it ALL Before Steriods was even INVENTED! Can you Imagine if Julie and Steve would have had CHILDREN TOGETHER!!??

    • Please

      Peter Palmer played the title character in Li’l Abner in both the stage and film versions. (Trivia fans: Andy Griffith was seriously considered for that part!).

      Steve Reeves was busy being HERCULES (in 1957 and 1959 films).

      Julie appeared in 3 sword and sandal movies: “Demetrius and the Gladiators” with Victor Mature, in “Slaves of Babylon” with Richard Conte, and “Serpent of the Nile” with Raymond Burr. No Steve Reeves in any of them.

  • http://www.legendsradio.net Evan Ginzburg

    Listen to our extensive interview with Julie Newmar in our archives at www.legendsradio.net

    Evan Ginzburg’s Legends Radio Promo
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    Promo made by Rye Joseph director of Theresa Sareo Alive Again
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  • caius cilius

    She was originally billed as Julie Neumeier in two epic Hollywood films, both times as a dancer at a royal court.
    In “Slaves of Babylon” her sexy dance culinated n a failed assassin of the Asyrian king. In “Serpent of the Nile” she was completely covered in gold paint and danced on a platform filled with gold as part of the tribute to Cleopatra.
    In both films her dancing talent and remarkable physique were memorable.
    Alo, she as the sexiest and tallest of the kidnapped brides in “Seven rides for Seven Brothers.”
    Previous to Batman she played a sexy robot in a short-lived tv sereis “My Beautiful Doll”
    Rock on, Julie. You will always have many admairers and fans.

  • Michael Stamper

    I think the second photo is Lee Meriweather from the film

    • doug

      Nope

  • asshole

    I bet Adam West, Burt Ward, and all the mail cast members had a hard time not having a hard on when they were in character, and when she was about to kiss Adam West, and it didn’t happen, I bet he was complaining.

  • susu

    Lee Meriweather was catwoman in the 1966 Batman movie, later she played Lisa Carson in a few episodes of the TV show.

  • https://www.facebook.com/james.briggs.52/info james

    Lee Meriweather is the actress in image N02 above. It is not JULIE NEWMAR IMDB must have it wrong.

  • martin88

    Anne Hathaway will never be sexy no matter what. Sexiness is not something you can push down our throats (cough, cough media) its something existing within someone, and it does not come easy. Its mostly personality. I do not care if a woman wears a patatoe sack if she is sexy its the aura she has within herself. Anne does not have that especially with that horse mouth of hers. And she also is not as pretty as people make her out to be (cough, cough, media). Michelle is the only one who reprised the part well, and Burtons take was much more creative then this stupid computerized BS. Obviously Anne did her own stunts when 99% of the film is BS computerized. Walking does not count Mia Thermopoulos.