Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Julie London

Who? Julie London (September 26, 1926 – October 18, 2000) was an American singer and actress. Best known for her smoky, sensual voice, as a singer she was at her peak in the 1950s; her acting career lasted more than 35 years, ending with the role of nurse Dixie McCall, RN, on the popular TV show Emergency! (1972–1979).

Born in Santa Rosa, California, as Gayle Peck, she was the daughter of Jack and Josephine Peck, who were a vaudeville song-and-dance team. When she was 14, the family moved to Los Angeles. Shortly after that, she began appearing in movies. She graduated from the Hollywood Professional School in 1945. Her first marriage was to Jack Webb of Dragnet fame. Her widely-regarded beauty and poise (she was a pinup girl prized by GIs during World War II) contrasted strongly with his pedestrian appearance and streetwise acting technique. This unlikely pairing arose from their mutual love for jazz music; their marriage lasted from July 1947 to November 1953. They had two daughters, one who was killed in a traffic accident in the 1990s and one who survived her. In 1954, having become somewhat reclusive after her divorce from Jack Webb, she met jazz composer and musician Bobby Troup at a club on La Brea Blvd. They married on December 31, 1959 and remained married until his death in February 1999. Together, they had one daughter and twin sons.
Primarily remembered as a singer, London also made more than 20 films. Her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is at 7000 Hollywood Blvd. Find out more about Julie London at wikipedia.

The above 1957 Life photo shows Julie London at home in bed with her daughters Stacey (L), Lisa, and red smooth dachshund 'Patsy.'

Photo Detail

Julie London sings "Cry Me a River" in Frank Tashlin's 1956 The Girl Can't Help It.


Dreamytime said...

-sigh- Another day and another pop reference instead of juicy Dachshund news and reports.
I really like the pictures of dachshunds of days gone by, but something from today, something fresh, would be most appreciated.

Anonymous said...

Speak for yourself. I appreciate seeing the classic stars with their Dachshunds. Would you rather see some modern flash in the pan who won't be remembered in 20 years??

Anonymous said...

I to enjoy seeing the classic stars with their dachshunds. I did not realise that so many stars from the movie screen, radio etc loves the dachshund as their chosen pet. The 2 dogs long and half a dog high are more popular than I would have known if not for these posting. Keep them coming!!

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