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Overview (5)

Born in Santa Rosa, California, USA
Died in Encino, California, USA  (after a stroke)
Birth NameJulie Peck
Nickname The Liberty Girl
Height 5' 2" (1.57 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Julie London was born Julie Peck on September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California. She was an actress and sultry singer who starred in a number of movies in the 1940s and 1950s before beginning a popular singing career, but is probably best remembered for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency! (1972) in the 1970s.

She started out by playing small roles in the early 1940s and quickly became a leading actress and G.I. pin-up girl. In 1947, she married actor Jack Webb prior to his fame on Dragnet (1951), and went into semi-retirement, doing few films and even taking a break between 1951-55. After she and Webb divorced in the mid-1950s, she became a jazz/pop singer, managed and groomed by jazz musician/actor Bobby Troup who became her second husband in 1959 and later, partner on the small screen.

When former husband Jack Webb became the producer of Emergency! (1972), he hired not only Julie but her then-husband, Bobby, and they starred together in her most recognizable role. Many people also remember Julie and Bobby's appearances together in the 1970s on the television game show featuring Hollywood married couples, Tattletales (1974) with host Bert Convy. She was most popular as a singer in the late 1950s, when she set aside her full-time film career to concentrate on her singing career. Over 40 albums were released, and her vocal style was endeared by many core fans. Her last recording was an excellent cover of the classic tune "My Funny Valentine" on the soundtrack to the Burt Reynolds neo-noir detective film Sharky's Machine (1981).

After suffering a stroke in 1995, her health began to deteriorate. In 1999, husband Bobby died, and her own passing followed later on October 18, 2000. She left a legacy of a satisfying screen career and a great deal of wonderful music that will live forever. She had two daughters with Jack Webb and a daughter and twin sons with Bobby Troup, all of whom survived her.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: R.M. Sieger

Spouse (2)

Bobby Troup (31 December 1959 - 7 February 1999) ( his death) ( 3 children)
Jack Webb (16 July 1947 - 2 December 1954) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trade Mark (8)

Frequently played characters with a sexy, seductive personality
Sang songs that reflected upon love, sex, heartache and pain
Her youthful appearance.
Mezzo-soprano vocals.
Husky resonant voice.
Sandy blonde hair
Languid demeanor
Her short stature

Trivia (164)

Recorded 32 albums during her career.
Known in some circles as "The Liberty Girl" for helping establish Liberty Records as a successful label, her many hit albums on that label include "Julie Is Her Name", "Calendar Girl" with some borderline erotic (for the time) cover photography by Gene Lester, "About the Blues", "Your Number, Please", "Send For Me", "Love Letters", "The End of the World", "In Person at the Americana", "The Wonderful World of Julie London" and the provocatively titled "Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast".
Her four most-sought-after and successful albums are "About the Blues (1957), "Feeling Good" (1965), "Easy Does It" (1968) and "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" (1969).
Is portrayed by Julie Simone in Bettie Page: Dark Angel (2004).
Awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7000 Hollywood Blvd.
Stepmother of Ronne Troup and Cynnie Troup.
Graduated from Hollywood Professional School in Hollywood, CA, in 1944.
Attended the same high school as Peggy Ryan and Tommy Rall.
Was a celebrity spokesperson for Marlboro Cigarettes from the late 1950s to the early 1960s.
Best remembered by the public (as an actress) for her starring role as head nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency! (1972).
Met singer/songwriter and actor Bobby Troup just weeks after her divorce from Jack Webb. The two began a lifelong friendship and a real-life relationship, from 1954 until Troup's death in 1999. She remained cordial with Webb until his death in 1982. She was eight years Troup's junior.
At age 17, she tried out for a band but went back to working as an elevator operator. One of her passengers was talent agent Sue Carol, who was the wife of Alan Ladd.
"Billboard" Magazine named her the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956 and 1957.
Her favorite singers were Barbra Streisand and Roberta Flack.
She took the female lead as head nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency! (1972) when the lounges she performed in were closed during the Richard Nixon administration.
Her most popular song, "Cry Me a River", was written by her former classmate/boyfriend Arthur Hamilton and produced by Bobby Troup.
She and Bobby Troup had both been good friends with Robert Fuller, for many years, before he co-starred with them on Emergency! (1972).
Daughter Kelly Troup died on March 11, 2002, just 1-1/2 years after Julie's death. A decade after Julie's passing, one of her twin sons, Jody Troup, died on June 10, 2010.
Future game show host Alex Trebek, actors Randolph Mantooth, David Cassidy, Lorenzo Lamas, Michael Damian, comedians Howie Mandel, Graham Elwood news journalist Joan Lunden and future singer of Wilson Phillips Chynna Phillips, all said London was their childhood music/television heroine.
Before she was a successful singer and actress she worked as a department store elevator operator, for which she was paid $19 a week.
After the deaths of Bobby Troup and London, their Encino home was sold for close to its last asking price of $1.9 million. The Colonial-style home was designed for London in 1959 by the late architect Paul Williams, who incorporated four 19th-century marble fireplaces into the design. London had purchased the fireplaces in France.
When Emergency! (1972) was canceled at the end of its seventh season, when she was 52, she retired from both acting and singing.
She had 16 hobbies: cooking, spending time with family, singing, partying, traveling, knitting, dining, listening to music, reading, working on crossword puzzles, swimming, interior decorating, playing games, sports, golfing and gambling.
Remained good friends with Randolph Mantooth during and after Emergency! (1972). He was also good friends to all of her children.
When she was getting a divorce from Jack Webb, she agreed, then went to court. The judge granted the divorce and approved the property settlement agreement, under which Webb had paid his wife $150,000 in cash, gave her $150,000 in securities of his production company, $21,000 a year for herself and for the couple's two children, Stacy and Lisa. Webb also agreed to take out a $150,000 insurance policy to guarantee alimony payments in case of his death. In addition, she got a new Cadillac, jewelry and furnishings. [26 November 1953].
Before she was a successful singer and actress, she was also a model.
Julie London died on October 18, 2000, on what would have been Bobby Troup's 82nd birthday.
She began smoking in 1942, at age 16, and continued it until 1995, when she had a stroke. She remained in ill health until she died.
Began singing at age 3, and was later raised in San Bernardino, California, where her parents sang on local radio.
Starred in her first movie when she was 18.
Julie's version of the song "Yummy Yummy Yummy" was featured on the HBO television series Six Feet Under (2001).
At the time London was 18, she began singing with the Matty Malnech Orchestra.
Began her contract singing career with Liberty Records in 1955.
Prior to her marriage to Bobby Troup, he helped her sign to Liberty Records. He later also signed with Liberty.
Cremated and shares a niche in a columbarium with husband and Emergency! (1972) co-star, Bobby Troup, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
Shared the same birthday as Kent McCord, who guest-starred with her on both of Jack Webb's series: Adam-12 (1968) and Emergency! (1972).
Her idol when she was very young was Billie Holiday.
Was forced to give up band singing when her true age was discovered.
Her parents, Jack and Josephine (née Taylor) Peck were married on November 14, 1925, in Stockton, California, just 1 year before London's birth, after they relocated to Santa Rosa, California.
Would often sing at parties for familiar stars.
Her agent legally changed her name to Julie London when she was only 17.
Her ultimate revenge song, "Cry Me a River", was about the revenge of her ex-husband Jack Webb. Ultimately, Webb later used that song for Pete Kelly's Blues (1955).
Was a huge fan of small, nightclub jazz music bands, unlike the big jazz bands of fellow singers Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Mel Tormé.
Was a politically conservative libertarian.
Enjoyed writing occasional poetry.
Most of her children had followed in her musical footsteps.
Survived by five children, two grandchildren, two step-daughters and two step-grandchildren.
Was the only Emergency! (1972) actress not to attend the cast reunion in Burbank, California, in 1998 due to her failing health. She died two years later.
On Emergency! (1972) she played a nurse, in real-life, her daughter, Lisa Webb, was an actual nurse who later worked for her ex-husband as a production assistant for Mark VII Productions, Jack Webb's production company..
Had appeared in On Stage Everybody (1945) with ex-classmate Peggy Ryan.
Singer Donny Osmond used to visit her house and was a hero to her children.
After meeting Bobby Troup, he persuaded her to take a job in a nightclub where she established the new musical career. This enabled her to resume her interrupted career in the movies.
Her daughter Kelly Troup and stepdaughter Ronne Troup both guest-starred on Emergency! (1972) with her.
Began her career as a contract player for Universal in 1945 and Warner Bros. in 1949.
Had appeared twice with Barbara Nichols: The George Raft Story (1961) and Emergency! (1972).
Gave birth to her first child, a daughter Stacy Webb, with her first husband Jack Webb in 1950.
Mother of Stacy Webb, Lisa Webb (both children by Jack Webb), Kelly Troup, Reese Troup and Jody Troup (by Bobby Troup).
Attended the funeral of ex-husband and former boss Jack Webb in 1982.
Before her future Emergency! (1972) co-stars, Bobby Troup, Ron Pinkard, Tim Donnelly and Randolph Mantooth would all land their own roles opposite London on the series, the four worked for her ex-husband Jack Webb.
Met a young, struggling and unfamiliar actor Robert Fuller in 1955, after his stint in the Army, when he stopped in for a beer, at her club in Los Angeles, California, where he watched her sang. They began a lifelong friendship, ending with her 2000 death. She worked with him in an episode of Laramie (1959), where she played the card dealer. Some 11 years later he would later co-star on Emergency! (1972), as her medical partner.
Her friend and devoted fan Larry Manetti guest-starred on one of the final episodes of Emergency! (1972).
Before her retirement, she was a spokesperson for Rose Milk Skin Care Cream.
Before her second husband Bobby Troup had a successful career as both a solo artist and an actor, he used to be a member of the Tommy Dorsey Band which was fronted by London's friend Frank Sinatra.
Singing and acting ran in her family. Of the four people in her family, she was the only one who didn't write songs.
Put her movie career temporarily on hold in 1951 to spend more time with her family.
Known for having very little self-confidence. She always credited her success to good material in song or film/television script.
Parents Jack and Josephine Peck formed a song-and-dance team in vaudeville and radio. They had a radio show on which Julie sometimes would appear.
Her first 45 single, released in 1955, was "Cry Me a River", and it was included on her first album, "Julie Is My Name". More than three million copies of the album and single were sold.
Had appeared on the front cover of TV Guide twice.
Along with her ex-Emergency! (1972) co-star, Bobby Troup, London was also a member of American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Along with Veronica Lake, Rita Hayworth, and Lauren Bacall she was one of four key inspirations that helped compose the character Jessica Rabbit.
Her mother, Josephine Peck, died in 1976, at age 71.
Was voted "The Most Exciting New Vocalist of 1956" in "Theme" Magazine's Annual International Jazz Popularity Poll. Steve Allen presented her with the award from the publishers of the magazine when she appeared on his show on January 20, 1957.
Was one of the four actors to appear in every episode of Emergency! (1972).
Lived in Encino, California, from 1959 until her death in 2000.
Was longtime friends with James Darren. He co-starred opposite her second husband Bobby Troup in the movie The Gene Krupa Story (1959).
Began her television series Emergency! (1972) when she was 45.
Had appeared with Bobby Troup in episodes of three different series: Rawhide (1959), The Big Valley (1965) and Emergency! (1972).
Resided in Palm Springs, California, from 1954 to 1959.
Her father, Jack Peck, died in 1977, at age 76.
Had a three-week singing commitment in Las Vegas, Nevada, with Bobby Troup, prior to accepting the female lead role on Emergency! (1972).
Was only seven years older than Robert Fuller, who played her medical partner on Emergency! (1972).
Suffered from stage fright when performing in front of large groups.
Acting mentor and friends with Randolph Mantooth.
Through Steve Allen, she met Gene Rayburn on the set of The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956). Years later, she was reunited with Rayburn on Match Game (1973).
Always enjoyed listening to Barbra Streisand's and Roberta Flack's music, who happened to be her favorite singers.
Began acting as a teenager.
Her former neighbor on one side was William Holden, on the other side was Elizabeth Taylor.
Had a photographic memory.
She was most widely known to be a very private and shy lady.
Her ex-Emergency! (1972) co-stars, Bobby Troup, Kevin Tighe, and Randolph Mantooth, all visited her in the hospital, when she suffered a stroke in 1995.
An avid reader and erudite, she studied a medical dictionary for her role on Emergency! (1972).
Was the second Emergency! (1972) star ever to do Westerns, in either movies or television, the first was Robert Fuller.
When London was a teenager, she would frequently go to jazz clubs with Jack Webb.
The very first album Bobby Troup recorded with her was "Julie Is Her Name", which was also her debut album.
Stepgrandaughter of musician Jamie Lawrence.
Before she married Bobby Troup, she had to have her parents' permission.
Her ex-Emergency! (1972) co-star, Randolph Mantooth, once said in an interview that he never had a crush on her, that she was like a surrogate mother to him.
Was a week younger than Jack Garner (James Garner's brother). He guest-starred with her on an episode of Emergency! (1972).
Nurse Dixie McCall, London's character on Emergency! (1972), was ranked #6 in the RN to BSN's list of the "10 TV Nurses We'd Love to Work With" and ranked #21 in the Ranker's list of the "Greatest Nurses in TV History" (both in 2014).
In 1958, when 31-year-old London was interviewed by Edward R. Murrow, her cover girl looks were as much a talking point as her vocal talents.
She testified in support of proposed legislation that would give royalties to singers as well as composers. She played records to illustrate how a singer's interpretation of a song can help make it a success. [11 April 1967].
Two of her husbands, Jack Webb and Bobby Troup, were co-owners of the Chinese restaurant China Trader in Toluca Lake, California, in the late 1960s/early 1970s. She would occasionally stop by, and when she did there were always numerous requests for her to sing, but she rarely did.
Of Jewish ancestry.
On the Emergency! (1972) set, in the bloopers, she was known for her cussing.
Her ex-Emergency! (1972) co-stars, Robert Fuller and Randolph Mantooth, both guest-starred on the same episode of The Fall Guy (1981), in 1986, and 11 years later, on the same episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993), which was used as a reference of Emergency!, in 1997.
Met Jane Wyman, Lauren Bacall, Virginia Mayo and Eve Arden when the five were under contract to Warner Bros. in 1949.
When she took on the role of Dixie McCall in Emergency! (1972), she didn't get any alimony from Jack Webb.
Originally, Emergency! (1972) was intended to be a medical drama for herself, her real-life husband Bobby Troup and Robert Fuller, from the beginning, until her co-star Randolph Mantooth took over, and focused more on rescues than hospital scenes.
Born at 6:00 P.M. EST.
After Emergency! (1972), former producer Jack Webb was about to promote her into becoming an executive producer of possible TV projects, she turned his offer down. She retired from Hollywood, in 1979, to spend more time with her family.
Of English descent.
Like Robert Fuller, London was also involved in the writing of the scripts of Emergency! (1972).
When she took on the role of Dixie McCall on Emergency! (1972), she knew absolutely nothing about nursing; her ex-husband Jack Webb, the show's producer, brought in a medical dictionary for her to use to familiarize herself with medical terms.
Met an unfamiliar actor, Robert Conrad, when he was just a teenager. He used to hang out with her and Jack Webb.
Has ranked third, between Danny Thomas, Jane Wyman and fellow actor Robert Fuller, with the many name changes. When she was born, she was originally christened: Nancy Peck. Her parents stopped calling her the name, consequently, upon her initial entry into show business, they called her Gayle, but an agent suggested a "sexier" name, and settled on Julie London.
Her first 2 songs that she sang were: "There's A Long, Long Trail A-winding," and "God Bless America," by Irving Berlin.
At 15, she suffered from hives. She was treated by doctors, but to no avail.
When she was a little girl she spent her summers with her aunt Ethel and her family on picnics and vacations to the mountains above San Bernardino or at one of the beach towns along the California coast.
In 1944, at age 17, before graduation from high school, she joined the cast of USO Camp Shows, which toured throughout Southern California and entertained the troops at the Hollywood USO.
On the day of her 60th Birthday, Kent McCord was invited to her house, on his 44th birthday, in 1986. The most coincidental thing was, they shared the same birthday (September 26), and was 16 years apart.
At age 8, in 1935, her voice was strong enough to impress talent scouts, and she auditioned for a part in a station radio contest.
By the time she was aged 18, in 1945, she had landed spots on a few local radio programs, but her goal was a career in films.
Although her series Emergency! (1972) was drawing good ratings, the network put it on hiatus in 1977, after the sixth season. It came back for six made-for-TV specials, but was canceled for good in 1979. She appeared in two of those seven specials.
While doing Emergency! (1972), she chose not to put off singing professionally, except for family and close friends.
After she passed away, she did not want to have a funeral.
The last few years of her life were plagued by accidents and ill health. She had a stroke, and before that she had several accidents, resulting in her breaking her hips. She spent most of her time in a wheelchair.
Though she was the best-known person in the cast of Emergency! (1972) and received the most publicity, she never "lorded it over" her co-stars, and was delighted when Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe became very popular with the show's audience.
One day after her 70th birthday, her daughter Stacy Webb was involved in an automobile accident. At an intersection, near her daughter's house, her daughter's truck had overturned with a California Highway Patrol Car. She died an hour later, at a local hospital. [27 September 1996].
Had a successful thyroid surgery. [1979].
Had attended the funeral of her second husband's and former Emergency! (1972) co-star's, Bobby Troup, on 22 February 1999, but health problems prevented her from speaking.
After Bobby Troup's death, her ex-Emergency! (1972) co-star, Kevin Tighe, visited her regularly at her house for two years, until she passed away.
She reprimanded Bobby Troup for his behavior towards contemporary music, in the late 1970s.
In her biography, "Go Slow," she said that after she suffered a stroke she realized that all the years of smoking and drinking had taken their toll.
Easygoing months of movies, music and trips to San Bernardino to visit her old friends were finally interrupted by the call of the U.S. government, that asked Jack Webb, to serve his country in the Army Air Corps.
Before her second husband (Bobby Troup)'s death, he was complaining of breathing problems, who had also been diagnosed of pneumonia, after he was rushed to Sherman Oaks Hospital in Sherman Oaks, California. [2 February 1999].
She was the last minute replacement for Lainie Kazan and did a 2 week return engagement at the Waldorf-Astoria's Empire Room in New York, New York.
When she sat on her ex-Emergency! (1972)'s co-star's, Kevin Tighe's lap, to perform, "Daddy." She was in Louisville, Kentucky, as one of the attendees at the Philip Morris Festival of Stars during that year's Kentucky Derby. [1973].
Was always comfortable with her role on Emergency! (1972).
London celebrated her 9th Wedding Anniversary, during the middle of her 2nd engagement at the Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. [31 December 1968].
She had high blood pressure, which contributed to the stroke. Her condition was stable and was taken to the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital, a retirement center in Woodland Hills, California.
Lived across from Dennis Weaver up until the mid-1970s, before he moved to a house in Malibu, California.
She didn't know Randolph Mantooth's family, except to just meet himself, at the time they were starring in Emergency! (1972). When that show was on, Mantooth wanted her to meet his real-life father, Buck Mantooth, when he already passed away.
In order for London (and Bobby Troup) to familiarize herself with hospital procedures and to make her characters more realistic, off- the set of Emergency! (1972), she and Troup were both sent to Harbor General Hospital in Los Angeles, California, to observe procedures in the mobile intensive care unit.
Bore a slight resemblance to fellow actress Angie Dickinson, who has a birthday, 4 days after her, and is 5 yrs. London's junior.
She was her ex-Emergency! (1972) co-star's, Kevin Tighe's divorce expert, when he legally broke up his marriage of Mary Lou Seaman, years before.
Rarely granted interviews.
Had always invited Jack Webb at her annual Christmas Eve party.
Understanding Robert Fuller wanted to do another Western series, she would've been very disappointed in him, had he refused to star in Emergency! (1972) with her, and was pretty much a self-contained actor in the genre that he only wanted to focus on.
Had taught her ex-Emergency! (1972) co-stars, Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, to listen to the music she would frequently play, when visiting at her's and Bobby Troup's house.
Julie London died on October 18, 2000, at age 74, and on the same day as Gwen Verdon, at age 75. The most coincidental thing is their parents were both Vaudevillian performers.
In 1938, when she was only 11, her father, Jack Peck, was an alcoholic, who was also arrested for reckless driving. By the time of her father's release from jail, her father returned home, and towards the end of the 1930s, his salary and the value of the San Bernardino house that her father had purchased, were comparable to, if not higher than, those of his family's neighbors.
In order to not confuse her husband, (Bobby Troup), in real-life, she had always called Robert Fuller, 'Bobby'.
Would never confide in anyone or anybody about her divorce from Jack Webb.
Primarily a torch singer, London had possessed a contralto vocal range, which was described by "sultry" and "low-keyed.".
She has been named as an influence by several contemporary artists.
Has received a "Gold Record Award" from Liberty Records President and founder, Si Waronker. [1956].
She first met Jack Webb at a jazz club in 1941, when she was 15 and he was 21. The two had been married from 1947, until their divorce in 1953. They remained on good terms until Webb's death, near the end of 1982. Before that, he gave London a role as the Army head nurse, Dixie McCall on Emergency! (1972).
Her second husband Bobby Troup co-starred in Emergency! (1972), and in 3 movies and/or series - Rawhide: Incident at Rojo Canyon (1960), The Big Valley: They Called Her Delilah (1968) and Adam-12: Lost and Found (1972) - with her.
Her parents Jack and Josephine (née Taylor) Peck, formed a song-and-dance team in vaudeville and had a radio show on which young Julie sometimes would appear. Later, they ran a photography business in San Bernardino, California, until it went bankrupt in 1941, when she was 14, and the entire family moved to Hollywood, California.
Had spent much of her childhood surrounded by singers who congregated around her parents.
While filming The Red House (1947), she and her co-stars hung out together.
While she and Jack Webb continue to distance themselves from each other, London learned she was dismissed from Universal, in 1948. At the time, Webb persuaded London to leave Sue Carol for his more powerful agent, at the firm of Polan and Rosenberg.

Personal Quotes (42)

I'm the world's worst. I dislike women in large groups, and as individuals.
Women should be women, who wants them to be asexual? Not your old buddy.
[on her singing voice]: It's only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to the microphone. But it is a kind of over-smoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate.
[In 1963]: We're opposite types. Marilyn [Monroe] was the sex symbol... I'm strictly the housewife-mother type.
[In 1961]: Just as long as they buy the records, I don't care why they buy 'em, we spent more time on the covers than the music.
[When she cooked for her family]: I'm an impulsive cook. I get a yen for something, and I rush down to the kitchen and make up a batch, and my appetite is as erratic as my cooking, some days I couldn't care less about food, then on other days I'll eat spaghetti or chili with onions for breakfast. But my husband can't stand to be in the same room with me when I eat like this.
[When she felt about the careers of both hers and Jack Webb's]: I don't cheer anyone's bad luck, least of all, the man who is father of my two girls. Yet, I would be lying if I said there was no self-satisfaction. I am only human. There's bound to be some elation. I guess any divorced woman would understand how I feel.
If I had to cook three times a day, I wouldn't be entranced with it, but I do love to cook breakfast. I make a 10-minute or a 45-minute breakfast, depending upon my mood and appetite. I'm a great bacon fan, our favorite eggs are basted with bacon fat, and I mean the drippings from the bacon I've just fried. I hate the taste of burned butter. Frequently I make bacon gravy by browning flour in the drippings. Then I add milk and coarsely ground pepper and cook it until its rich and thick. I make ham gravy the same way, it's my husband's favorite, and my kids adore it.
I was really stupid about it. I thought, "Oh, that's nice." My first song, "River", was No. 1 for four months, but I didn't know the business then; I didn't know what it meant.
[In 1973]: I got a letter from some dame who criticized my demeanor on the show. She said it wasn't proper for me to wear a padded bra. I've never worn a padded bra in my life. I visited some hospitals when we started Emergency! Some of the gals are wearing shag haircuts and earrings. Things have changed.
[When asked if she had any weight problems]: No, I never do, but I guess it's a lack of sleep. I should eat more protein, but I like to eat what I like.
[In 1966]: I really learned to cook by watching my mother. I'm a Southern cook of sorts, as my mother once lived in Arkansas. I always helped her in the kitchen. She was a marvelous cook. The only trouble I have is trying to repeat her dishes. She never used a recipe.
[In 1972]: I'm not crazy about sexual activities so explicitly shown. Sex is a terribly personal thing. It shouldn't be exploited.
[When she became an actress]: I wasn't going to, but the store was filled with actors, working there between jobs. They said, "Go on, See her.".
[When asked if she wanted to star in the pilot of Emergency! (1972), alongside her then husband, Bobby Troup]: Hell yes!
[Of Jack Webb]: I'm friendly with Jack. It's just a business relationship. It's not embarrassing at all. The divorce happened 19 years ago. That part of my life is all behind. Bobby is very friendly with Jack. I'd never worked with Jack before, but Bobby has done several Dragnets and Adam-12s.
[on her stage fright]: Before I sing at a club, I feel so awful, I think, "I'm going to get out of this business. Nothing is worth it." I'm terrified of the camera. I don't like to watch the dailies. When an old movie of mine appears on TV, I crawl under a chair and hide.
[on having both daughters following in their mother's footsteps - as actresses]: It really doesn't matter how I feel. They'll do what they damn well please anyhow. My 10-year-old daughter Kelly was on an Emergency!. She'd read my script and found a part for someone her age. She asked me to call and see if she could play it. I said, "No way. You want it badly enough, you call." She did, and got the part. She was on the road with me when she was two weeks old. I thought: "I'll be damned if I'll let her stay home; later, she'll wonder who the hell I am." I love it when we're on hiatus. From February to June, I just cook and do crazy things like that. I even try to help the kids with that new math. But forget it. Bobby's a Phi Beta Kappa, but he can't do their homework. They use phrases in the textbooks that I never heard of.
[In 1968]: I am lazy. I like to procrastinate. But I force myself to swim, ride a bike or go to a gym. You have to be active to keep in shape.
[In 1977]: There's always something just around the corner for people to run into. But I haven't the foggiest what or where my corner is.
[In 1997]: I'm a girl who needs amplification.
I think our emotions contribute most to staying young. You can't fight life or yourself and feel or look well.
[If she missed being on the road, prior to being a professional actress]: Hell, no. You know how l handled it all those years? I threw up a lot. I'd finish working at 1 a.m. and then I couldn't sleep. And I'm always a wreck at openings. Then I settle down. I do know how to handle audiences. When they get noisy, I sing soft. But you know what I miss? The clothes. I had gorgeous gowns when I was on the road. The other day I had to go buy a dress because I didn't even own one. I'm always in jeans or those damn nurses' uniforms.
[on the singers she enjoyed listening to]: I think Roberta Flack is sensational. The only music I don't really like is country and western. Except when Ray Charles does it. I think Barbra Streisand's great. I love her when she sings softly. Talk, about control; I never had the kind of discipline for voice training. But I think it's great to be identified with one song, like I was with "Cry Me a River": Fifteen years later, Streisand did it and sang the hell out of it.
I may have to revise my ideal weight if this pace keeps up. I don't think anyone could gain weight filming and action television series like Emergency! (1972).
[on her popularity while playing the forty-five something nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency! (1972)]: Of course, I knew nothing about nursing and Bobby has seldom been near a doctor. The only experience I've had with emergencies have been with the kids. One is always getting cut on glass or falling out of a tree, so I'm an old hand at taking them to the accident ward of the Valley Hospital. I guess if I had to, though, I could take your blood pressure.
[In 1974]: One is trying for accurate pronunciation of medical terms... especially when there is a difference of opinion. Then there's the problem of those darned rubber gloves. I always try to have the gloves on before they start shooting a scene, because I've had too many times when the cameras were rolling and I couldn't "pop" them on, which meant the scene had to be done over again.
[When she was offered the female lead role of Dixie McCall]: It was news to me. First I knew about it, Jack called before Thanksgiving and said this part was right for me and he needed an answer before I saw the script and that Bobby would be in it and he had to start shooting in four weeks. I had a three-week commitment to sing in Las Vegas at the Tropicana. Bobby was in Las Vegas writing the lyrics to Billy May's music for the new edition of the Follies Bergère, which opened January 1 in the Tropicana. We did it. But I don't know how.
You have to set standards for yourself. I have a strong feeling about not letting myself go. If you keep busy, you can take your mind off food. If you don't plan activity, eating will be the only thing you think about.
[In 1945]: I'll be with you as soon as I paint on my beach shoes.
[In 1944, on her role in Nabonga (1944) that lurched into camera view and the monkey screamed, jumped for the nearest tree, and fled, chattering and gibbering that it was some time before the monkey was calmed and shooting resumed]: I can't believe it's not all a dream. It's just like a dream though.
[on her divorce from Jack Webb]: I was unsettled, I think anybody would be if the way they had been living for seven years was suddenly upset.
[on winning the co-lead role in Emergency! (1972)]: Jack Webb phoned and asked me to consider it. I asked to see a script and he said he didn't have one ready but he needed my signature to pitch it to NBC. The deadlines were looming. It was designed as a mid-seasoner, which is still rare on TV. He'd already used Bobby Troup in some episodes of Adam-12 (1968). And he simply told me, "I think you're a damned fine actress and you can project that grace under fire ER nurses must demonstrate." So I believed him and to our surprise NBC picked up the show before the entire pilot was finished.
[Of Robert Fuller]: I'm already best buds with Bobby Fuller. The fact reviewers said I looked a decade older than him is all right with me, I am older. And signing a Western star (to play) a doctor was one of Jack's best moves. Bob has the humanity an ER doctor must carry at all times.
[on the series Emergency! (1972), which seemed meaningless than in retrospect]: A show of that kind takes away your creativity, your motivation. The dialog was mainly surgical and medical; there was no chance to really play a scene with anyone. That moment when you do a scene and you know you've played the hell out of it -- well, this can urge you on to do more and better; but when you do the same thing all the time, you lose that drive.
[In 1981]: Mainly it's been a royal treat for the two of us, being able to spend a lot of time with the kids, which is really important to us both, and which we're still doing.
[When she made that transition from singer to actress]: That was a roughie. Basically, you see, I'm a night person... all those years working in clubs and in Vegas where you don't get to bed until 5 or 6 a.m. So there I was working in Vegas and not getting to I bed until early in the morning. Then, in the space of a couple of days, I had to turn myself completely around and get up at 5 a.m. to go to work at the studio. What made it even worse was that we were doing both the World Premiere Movie of Emergency and the first episode of the series, at the same time. I thought I'd lose my mind trying to get turned around.
[Who talked about being a part of Emergency! (1972)]: I feel pride when strangers tell me the show has helped save someone else's life because they've been made aware of paramedics' services, but I'm not fulfilled creatively. I guess I've never been content with what I've accomplished. I think I have excellent taste in what I do, but I keep hoping there's a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There's always something just around the corner for people to run into. But I haven't the foggiest what or where my corner is.
[on the opportunity to pursue an acting career by starring in Emergency! (1972)]: I was singing in Las Vegas last November when we suddenly got the notice to appear in the first 11 episodes.
Sometimes you kind of lose yourself in someone else's personality.
[If homes belongs to couples or roommates]: I think homes should reflect the individuals and their individual taste rather than someone else's.
[Who said in 1975 about refusing to sing, in real-life, when starring in [Emergency! (1972)]]: I'll tell you, we've been doing the show now, for close to 5 years, and the first 4 years after we started doing the show, I sounded pretty good.

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