Born in 1933, Newmar had extensive stage and dance training before landing a part in the 1955 musical version of LI'L ABNER. After working as a pinup model, she appeared as The Devil in a 1963 episode of THE TWILIGHT ZONE, and later a starring role in the series, MY LIVING DOLL as Rhoda the Robot. But 3 years later, she left her mark on the world by playing arguably one of the sexiest characters to ever appear on TV, when she was cast as Catwoman on the Batman TV series.
I used to have a set of View-Master reels from the show called "The Purr-fect Crime" that featured an episode of the series where Catwoman was stealing some gold cat statues. I'd stare at those 3D pictures of Julie Newmar for hours before clicking to the less interesting frames of Adam West's spare tire hanging out over his utility belt.
(EDIT: Look at this great thing I wrote on this piece a few years ago, grossly overestimating Halle Berry's ability to be Catwoman. "I was a bit worried when rumors abounded that Ashley Judd was going to play Catwoman in an upcoming movie, but was happy to learn that the role has been given to a much more capable (and sexy) Halle Berry. She'll do a great job, but its too bad we can't throw a 1966 Newmar in the part.")
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