The Mechanical Bride

Julie Newmar


Julie Newmar is an American actress, dancer, and singer, who has displayed her multiple talents on stage, film, and television, since landing her first role on Broadway at age 19. Her statuesque frame and unearthly beauty have helped earn her a long series of larger-than-life roles. Early in her career, she was cast as a "dancer-assassin" in Slaves of Babylon (1953), the gold-clad “gilded girl” in the film Serpent of the Nile (1953), and the leggy "Stupefyin' Jones" in the Broadway musical Li’l Abner (1956), which she reprised for the 1959 film. She has made numerous television appearances over the years, playing everything from an Indian princess on F Troop and double agent on Get Smart to the devil on The Twilight Zone and a cat magically transformed into a human on Bewitched. She is, perhaps, best known for her recurring role as Catwoman, the “purrfect” villainess in the 1960s TV series Batman. Many, however, also remember her fondly as "Rhoda the Robot" in the science fiction sitcom My Living Doll (1964–1965). Designed as a prototype robot for the U.S. Air Force, Rhoda—or AF709—winds up in the hands of Air Force psychologist Bob McDonald (Bob Cummings), who tries to teach her how to be the “perfect woman” while keeping her true identity a secret. Now a cult classic, My Living Doll is, according to The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, the source of the popular phrase “Does not compute!"

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