Julie (Peck) London

Nancy Gayle (Peck) London (1926 - 2000)

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Nancy Gayle (Julie) London formerly Peck
Born in Santa Rosa, Sonoma, California, United Statesmap
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Died in Encino, Los Angeles, California, United Statesmap
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Biography

Julie London was an actress and 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.[1]

Julie was born as Nancy Gayle Peck on September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California to Josephine (née Taylor) and Clarence Walter "Jack" Peck, who were a vaudeville song-and-dance team.[2][3]

By 1930 the family had moved south to San Bernardino. Elizabeth Peck, Clarence's mother was also living with the family.[4] Her parents had a radio show in San Bernardino where Nancy made her first debut.[3] The Peck family lived in San Bernardino until 1941 when they moved to Hollywood.[5]

Julie attended the "Hollywood Professional School" where she graduated in 1945. She worked as an elevator operator while attending high school at Roos Brothers in Hollywood where she was first noticed by a talent agent in 1943.[3]

Julie London in the Red House.
Elevator Lucky For Finds[6]
"There is a certain elevator in a Hollywood store which should have a film Academy plaque on its wall. Three screen actresses were discovered working there as operators before they were actresses, of course. Two of these were Jane Russell and Susan Peters. The latest is Julie London, who makes her film debut in "The Red House," opening Friday at the four Music Hall theaters."

Julie started out by playing small roles in the early 1940s and quickly became a leading actress and G.I . pin-up girl.[1] Her career included roles as the female lead in numerous Westerns, co-starring with Rock Hudson in The Fat Man (1951) and opposite Robert Mitchum in The Wonderful Country (1959).[3]

Julie married Jack Webb in 1947 and they had two daughters.[3] The couple divorced in 1955 but remained friends. Jack Webb was the producer of the television show "Emergency" and Julie and her second husband Bobby Troup had leading roles.[1]

Jack Webb.

Shortly after her divorce from Jack, Julie launched a music career as a Jazz/Pop singer. Walter Ames shared this item in his column in the "Los Angles Times".[7]

"Sultry-voiced Julie London is a busy gal but she's taking time out to do a special Armed Services Radio show in connection with the Marine recruiting drive. She also has her own album, "Calendar Girl," which has disc jockeys like Dick Whittinghill whistling to themselves."

In 1955, Julie had a hit song with "Cry Me A River" which was composed for her by an old school friend Arthur Hamilton.

The song "was first released as part of an album, Julie is Her Name in 1955. With her husky, intimate voice accompanied by Barney Kessel's guitar and Ray Leatherwood on bass, Julie London conveyed a smouldering and risque metropolitan chic, an impression enhanced by the sleeve photograph on which she posed bare-shouldered and pouting. Cry Me a River proved so popular that Liberty issued it as a single. It sold three million copies around the world."[8][9]

Julie continued her acting career and starred with Jayne Mansfield, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien and Henry Jones in the 1956 musical comedy, "The Girl Can't Help It". Julie sings three songs in the film including "Cry Me a River".[3] "The discography of Julie London, an American Jazz artist, consists of twenty nine studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, two additional albums, and twenty-nine singles."[10]

In 1959, London married jazz composer and musician Bobby Troup, and they remained married until his death in 1999. They had one daughter and twin sons. [3]

Julie London and Bobby Troup.

Julie is best remembered for her role as emergency-room nurse "Dixie McCall". The show was a hit in 1972 when it debuted on NBC and ran until 1977.

The show was produced by Julie's ex-husband Jack Webb. She starred along side her husband Bobby who played "Dr. Joe Early".

"London, the only actress to appear in every episode of the series, was invited back for two of the four subsequent TV movie specials, before the show finally ended in 1979."[3]

Julie's last recording was included in the film "Sharky's Machine" with Burt Reynolds in 1981. Julie sang the classic song, "My Funny Valentine".[1]

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. [11][1]

She left a legacy of a satisfying screen career and a great deal of wonderful music that will live forever.[1] Julie London will always be remembered. She has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her music career. [12]

Karen Schoemer wrote in the New York Times when Julie died that "London didn't take herself all that seriously as a singer, either. I'm a girl who needs amplification, she once said cheerfully. Underneath the self-deprecation, she was conflicted about show business. She married a promising young radio personality named Jack Webb and had two kids; he dumped her when Dragnet made him famous. The songwriter Bobby Troup (Route 66) -- who became her second husband -- heard her sing when she was drunk at a party and spent a year and a half persuading her to try it again in public. Cry Me a River, released in 1955, sold a million copies. She carved out a niche for herself: a bona-fide woman in an ocean of teen idols, an unapologetic advocate of adult sexuality in an era dominated by squeals and gyrations."[13]

Julie London is interred at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills Cemetery in Los Angeles next to Bobby Troup. A picture can be viewed here.[14]


Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Julie London Biography." IMDb. Accessed June 17, 2018. https://www.imdb.com/name/nm0518728/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm.
  2. Social Security Applications and Claims, 1936-2007. Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:
    Name: Nancy Gayle Peck
    [Julie London]
    [Julie Webb]
    [Julie Troup]
    Gender: Female
    Race: White
    Birth Date: 26 Sep 1926
    Birth Place: Santa Rosa, California
    Death Date: 18 Oct 2000
    Father: Clarence L Peck
    Mother: Josephine Taylor
    SSN: xxx-xx-xxxx
    Signature on SSN Card: Gayle Peck
    Relationship of Signature: Signature name differs from NH’s name.
    Notes: May 1942: Name listed as NANCY GAYLE PECK; Aug 1945: Name listed as JULIE LONDON; Jun 1956: Name listed as JULIE LONDON WEBB; Jun 1960: Name listed as JULIE LON WEBB; Sep 1961: Name listed as JULIE LONDON TROUP; 26 Oct 2000: Name listed as JULIE L TROUP
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 "Julie London." Wikipedia. June 16, 2018. Accessed June 17, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_London.
  4. "United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XC6C-D3V : accessed 17 June 2018), Nancy G Peck in household of Clarence L Peck, San Bernardino, San Bernardino, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 105, sheet 10B, line 93, family 260, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 189; FHL microfilm 2,339,924.
  5. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K98C-MH9 : accessed 17 June 2018), Clarence Peck, Ward 5, San Bernardino, San Bernardino Judicial Township, San Bernardino, California, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 36-129, sheet 7B, line 41, family 157, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 293.
  6. "Elevator Lucky For Finds". The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 25 Feb 1947, Tuesday Page 11 (newspapers.com) https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21036070/the_los_angeles_times/
  7. "Grant and Beauties Off to Korea". The Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California) 21 Dec 1956, Friday Main Edition Page 24 (newspapers.com) https://www.newspapers.com/clip/21037129/the_los_angeles_times/
  8. "Julie London." The Telegraph. October 20, 2000. Accessed June 17, 2018. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1371000/Julie-London.html.
  9. "Julie Is Her Name." Wikipedia. June 15, 2018. Accessed June 17, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Is_Her_Name.
  10. "Julie London Discography." Wikipedia. June 16, 2018. Accessed June 17, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_London_discography.
  11. "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVTS-7G65 : accessed 17 June 2018), Julie London, , ; from "Recent Newspaper Obituaries (1977 - Today)," database, GenealogyBank.com (http://www.genealogybank.com : 2014); citing Associated Press Archive, born-digital text.
  12. Bergan, Ronald. "Obituary: Julie London." The Guardian. October 20, 2000. Accessed June 17, 2018. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2000/oct/20/guardianobituaries.filmnews1.
  13. Schoemer, Karen. "The Lives They Lived: 01-07-01: Julie London, B. 1926; The Echo Chamber." The New York Times. January 07, 2001. Accessed June 17, 2018. https://www.nytimes.com/2001/01/07/magazine/the-lives-they-lived-01-07-01-julie-london-b-1926-the-echo-chamber.html.
  14. Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 17 June 2018), memorial page for Julie London (26 Sep 1926–18 Oct 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13119, citing Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .

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