Downtown Julie Brown
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|Downtown Julie Brown|
Downtown Julie Brown in a 1999 USO shoW
27 August 1959 |
Bedfordshire, England, U.K.
Of mixed race, Brown's father, Valentine Brown, was Jamaican and her mother, Doreen, is white. Brown has three brothers, Paul, Mark and Terry and three sisters, Shirley, Carol & Sharon.( Her father was in the Royal Air Force and she grew up on Air Force bases all around the world including England, Singapore and Cyprus and finally settled in Bridgend, Wales. After winning the UK Disco Dancing Championships she went on to win the World Disco Dancing Championship in 1979, soon after Brown began a career on British television as presenter and guest on a number of children's programs, including the long-running entertainment show Crackerjack.
Brown became a presenter on pan-European music channel Music Box and eventually became an MTV VJ and went on to host the Club MTV show in the late 1980s. The show had a similar format to American Bandstand, but featured an exclusive lineup of dance music. From this came her famous catchphrase, "Wubba Wubba Wubba."
She also appeared as a dancer on Top of the Pops in the early 1980s as a member of the dance troop "Zoo"; she is very prominent on the Christmas Day 1981 show, in particular. MTV capitalized on the confusion between Downtown Julie Brown and comic actress Julie Brown by sending the pair together as correspondents for MTV News, as well as 'facing' each other on both their shows (Club MTV and Just Say Julie). After leaving MTV she went on to work for ESPN conducting on and off the field interviews with the stars of football. Brown then made the move to LA to host the E Entertainments gossip show.
She has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows including Spy Hard, Spring Break '83, The Weird Al Show, Ride, Walker, Texas Ranger, Battle Dome, Hey Arnold!, I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, The Dog Whisperer, and RuPaul's Drag U.
Personal life 
Brown married movie producer and one-time CEO of Vision Motor Corporation, Martin Schuermann in 2001. They live in California with their daughter Gianna Schuermann.