Original Catwoman, Julie Newmar Suffered A Heart Attack; Updates Fans That She Is Doing Fine

Holy nine lives, Batman!  The original live action Catwoman, Julie Newmar is one of only a few regular cast members from the 1960s ‘Batman’ TV series still alive, but she had a close call last week.  She suffered a heart attack.  She was whisked to St. Johns Hospital in Santa Monica, CA and had a stent implant put in.  The star took to Facebook to update fans and let them know that she was now “OK.”

You can read her entire post below:


Newmar’s career has spanned decades.  Before ‘Batman’ she starred on the sitcom ‘My Living Doll’ for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Awards.  Among genre fans, her performance as Eleen in the classic ‘Star Trek’ episode ‘Friday’s Child’ is fondly remembered.  Around the time of her ‘Batman’ hey day, she also popped up on almost every major TV series including ‘Bewitched’, ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘F Troop’, ‘The Monkees’, ‘Get Smart’ and ‘Love American Style’.  During the seventies and eighties, she popped up on every show that every other celebrity appeared on, like ‘The Love Boat’, ‘Fantasy Island’ and ‘Chips’.

Because of her Catwoman role, she was also tapped to appear in a number of other science fiction series like ‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’, ‘The Bionic Woman’, ‘Monster Squad’, ‘Jason of Star Command’ (starring Jimmy Dohan) and ‘The Powers of Matthew Star’.

In 1995, she was paid tribute to in the drag queen comedy ‘To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar’, which starred Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, John Leguizamo, Stockard Channing, Blythe Danner and Chris Penn.  Newmar made a brief cameo.

But Catwoman will always be her most fondly remembered role.  Lee Meriwether assumed the role for the feature film spinoff filmed between seasons one and two, while Newmar was filming ‘Mackenna’s Gold’.  Then when Newmar departed the series after season two, she was succeeded by Eartha Kitt.

Newmar recently provided the character’s voice in two retro animated movies ‘Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders’ and ‘Batman vs. Two-Face’.  Both movies also featured the voices of Adam West and Burt Ward, with the second movie being West’s final performance.

Here’s hoping we get a few more performances from Newmar after her recovery!  Best of luck, Ms. Newmar!

Jason Motes

Jason’s earliest memory is of watching ‘Batman,’ followed shortly by a memory of playing Batman & Robin with a friend, which entailed running outside in just their underwear and towels as capes. When adults told them they couldn’t run around outside in their underwear, both boys promptly whipped theirs off and ran around in just capes. Jason’s father gamely agreed to read him comic books as bedtime stories instead of ‘Snow White.’ (Super Friends being his favorite.) Jason saw all of the original Star Wars movies (and Indiana Jones and Superman and Star Trek…) in the theaters. Yes, he is old. And grew up in the most GEEKTASTIC decade ever, the 80s, devouring a steady diet of GI Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, Princess of Power and (best of all) Jem! (It totally counts as sci fi! They had a sentient computer that projected holograms!) Jason has studied literature, journalism, film history and has a degree in creative writing (and a minor in psychology) from the University of South Alabama. He has worked as a technical writer and proofreader. These days, most of his creative energy goes into his blog and writing for this site! He lives with the cutest puppies ever.

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