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Overview (3)

Born in Fremont, Nebraska, USA
Birth NameJuliana Edith Sommars
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born Juliana Edith ("Julie") Sommars in Fremont, Nebraska on April 15, 1940, the pert and pretty flame-haired actress grew up in the Midwest -- both Iowa and South Dakota. As she matured, she showed early signs of talent as a public orator in high school and won awards for her abilities. This confidence steered her towards an acting career following graduation.

At age 18, Julie won her first television role as Loretta Young's teenage daughter on a late episode (1960) of Young's eponymous television series. From there, her career took off with a plethora of 1960's TV episodes of "Sea Hunt," "Shirley Temple's Storybook," "Outlaws," "Bonanza," "Flipper," "Mr. Novak," "Perry Mason," "Ben Casey," "Gunsmoke," "Death Valley Days," "The Fugitive," "The Invaders," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "The Name of the Game," "Get Smart," "The Felony Squad," "The Virginian" and "The F.B.I."

Julie made an inauspicious film debut with Sex and the College Girl (1964) followed by the reenactment of Custer and the battle at Little Big Horn in The Great Sioux Massacre (1965). While she did manage to turn heads co-starring in the sexy movie comedy The Pad and How to Use It (1966), she found TV a much more salient medium in her career progress. By the end of the decade, she broke through the ranks co-starring with Dan Dailey on The Governor & J.J. (1969). Although the run itself was brief (two seasons), it was enough to earn both actors Golden Globe Awards and the show "Best Comedy" for 1969. She tied with Carol Burnett in the "Best Actress" category.

In the early 1970s, Julie played some perky as well as vulnerable young beauties in a slew of popular TV movies including How to Steal an Airplane (1971), Five Desperate Women (1971), The Harness (1971), Fools, Females and Fun (1974), Sex and the Single Parent (1979), Emergency Room (1983), Cave In! (1983) and Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin (1991) and several more guest spots on such popular dramatic programs as "Owen Marshall," "The Rockford Files," "McCloud," "McMillan & Wife," "Barnaby Jones," "Magnum, P.I.," "Rituals" and "Diagnosis Murder,." On film, she co-starred as a young race car driver in the zippy Disney adventure comedy Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977) co-starring Dean Jones and Don Knotts.

She won the long-running part of Asst. D.A. Julie March opposite Andy Griffith on the whodunnit Matlock (1986) series in 1987. Nominated for a Golden Globe for that role, she left the series after five seasons and retired from acting altogether in 1992, save for one return guest appearance in 1994. Divorced three times, including those to actor Jack Donner and TV executive producer Stuart Erwin Jr., the latter with whom she has three children, Julie is now married (since 1984) to John Harris Karns.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (4)

John Harris Karns (2 April 1984 - present)
Stuart Erwin Jr. (17 September 1971 - 4 August 1980) ( divorced) ( 3 children)
Robert Christopher Trentacosta (4 November 1964 - 1965) ( divorced)
Jack Donner (19 September 1960 - 196?) ( divorced)

Trivia (6)

Her first brush with public speaking came in high school where she was South Dakota's winner in the American Legion National Oratory Contest. In 1958, she was the only female orator to win in all forty-eight states.
Julie and her husband have a daughter and two sons: Jacey, Michael and Bill. Michael worked for Vice President Al Gore's campaign.
Delegate to the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami, Florida.
Public Member from March 1999 to March 2000 of the California Judicial Performance Commission, and a Public Member on the Board of Governors for the State of California (2000 to 2003).
Ex-daughter-in-law of Stuart Erwin and June Collyer.
One of many who auditioned for Otto Preminger for the title role in Saint Joan (1957). Jean Seberg won the role.

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