Apr. 15th, 1942
Fremont, Nebraska, USA
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Born in Fremont, Nebraska in 1942, actress Julie Sommars grew up in the Midwest -- both Iowa and South Dakota. As she matured, she showed early signs of talent as a public orator in high school and won awards for her abilities. This confidence steered her towards an acting career following graduation. At age 18, Julie won her first television role as Loretta Young's daughter on an episode of Loretta's TV show in 1960. From there, Julie's career took off with TV episodes of "Gunsmoke" (1955), "Bonanza" (1959) and "Flipper" (1964) coming her way. She made a very inauspicious film debut with Sex and the College Girl (1964), and, while she did manage to turn heads slightly co-starring in the sexy movie comedy The Pad and How to Use It (1966), Julie found TV a much more satisfying medium. Her greatest tv role was the title character "GERTRUDE" in a Sept. 12th, 1974 episode of Harry O, starring David Janssen. By the end of the decade, she broke through the ranks co-starring with Dan Dailey on the sitcom "The Governor & J.J." (1969). Though the run itself was brief (one season), it was enough to earn, both Julie and Dan, Golden Globe awards and the show "Best Comedy" for 1969. Julie actually tied with Carol Burnett in her "best actress" category. In the early 1970s, the pert and pretty actress played a few vulnerable young beauties in routine TV movies such as Five Desperate Women (1971) (TV) and The Harness (1971) (TV). Her career went into a bit of a lull for a time but was revived handsomely after winning the part of Asst. D.A. Julie March opposite Andy Griffith (I) on "Matlock" (1986). Nominated for a Golden Globe for that role, she left the series after five seasons and has since stayed pretty much away from the limelight, save for some "Matlock" TV reunion specials. Married to John Karns, Julie has three children.
- Public Member from March 1999 to March 2000 of the California Judicial Performance Commission, and a Public Member on the Board of Governors for the State of California (2000 to 2003).
- Her first brush with public speaking came in high school where she was South Dakota's winner in the American Legion National Oratory Contest. In 1958, she was the only female orator to win in all forty-eight states.
- Delegate to the 1972 Republican National Convention in Miami, Florida.
- Julie and her husband have a daughter and two sons: Jacey, Michael and Bill. Michael worked for Vice President 'Al Gore (I)' (qv)'s campaign.
- Ex-daughter-in-law of 'Stuart Erwin' (qv) and 'June Collyer' (qv).
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