Julie Newmar Catwoman

Julie Newmar’s Catwoman Lives On

Julie Newmar was the very first Catwoman, so it comes as no surprise, given Anne Hathaway‘s role as Catwoman in the new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises, that the two are being compared.

NorthJersey.com reports that Newmar, who was the first to play Selina Kyle (aka Catwoman) in an onscreen adaptation of the Batman comic book series, made her debut in the 1960s. She plays the on-again, off-again love interest of superhero Batman, who just so happens to be his arch-nemesis.

Newmar’s portrayal of the cat burglar, with her almost unreal hourglass figure, has fans sending her mail 50 years later. She confesses that most of the mail has been “particularly from boys who say, ‘You made me realize I was a boy!’ ”

Julie Newmar was a Broadway veteran before her role in the 1960s Batman series. She appeared in “The Marriage-Go-Round,” where she won a Tony Award, and also in “Li’l Abner,” where she played Stupefyin’ Jones both on the stage and the screen versions. Newman, who stands at 5-foot-11, had a perfect hourglass figure (38-23-38), and must have been an obvious choice for creators of the TV series when they were casting their Batman series.

For Newmar, however, she didn’t know what to think when offered the role. In a 2002 interview, the now 78-year-old actress recalled:

“Actually…when the call came, I said, ‘Batman? What’s that?’ But my brother John leaped off the couch and said, ‘Do it!’ “

Julie Newmar Catwoman