Here is the latest in a series of examinations into urban legends about TV and whether they are true or false. Click here to view an archive of the TV urban legends featured so far.
TV URBAN LEGEND: Julie Newmar once had a particularly cutting response to a crude remark by Michael Dunn.
After having some notable success in the world of the theater (even winning a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress), singer/dancer/actress Julie Newmar tried to make it big in the world of television.
In the mid-60s, she landed the role that she is most known for today, playing the sexy Batman villain, Catwoman.
Michael Dunn was a character actor whose most notable role was as the evil Dr. Miguelito Loveless, who was the most famous recurring villain on the TV series, The Wild Wild West…
Loveless made things difficult for Secret Service agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon (here’s West captured by the diminutive despot)…
Okay, now the precise details of the story vary from the telling, but the basic gist of the story is that Dunn, in real life, was making sexual advances upon Newmar (at a party, at a show – wherever).
He told her, “Julie — tonight I’m going to f**k you silly.”
And Newmar supposedly replied, “Michael — if you do, and I find out….”
Is it for real?
The reason I don’t buy this as a real story (besides it never been confirmed by either actor) is because the same exact story was told almost thirty years earlier, only with Judy Garland standing in for Newmar.
In THAT story, it is Judy Garland responding to the advances of an actor playing a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz…
In that version of the story, it goes “Judy, someday I’m going to f**k you” and Judy shakes her finger at him and says, “If you do and I catch you…”
It most likely did not happen to Judy Garland, but it DEFINITELY didn’t happen to Julie Newmar.
So thanks for everything, Julie Newmar – everything except this particular quip, that is…
The legend is…
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