Julie Payne (actress, born 1940)

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Julie Payne
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Born Julie Anne Payne
(1940-07-10) July 10, 1940 (age 74)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1959-1967
Spouse(s) Robert Towne (1977-?) (divorced)
Children Katharine Towne (1978)
Parents John Payne
Anne Shirley

Julie Payne (born July 10, 1940)[1] is an American actress whose career in television and films lasted from 1959 to 1967.

Acting career[edit]

A native of Los Angeles, Julie Anne Payne is the daughter of John Payne, film and television leading man of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, and Anne Shirley, who started as a child actress in the late silent-early talkie period and became an ingenue and, later, leading lady of the late 1930s and early 1940s. They were married from 1937 to 1943 and Julie is the only child from that union. Starting an eight-year television and film career, she made her debut at the age of 18 as the sole female in "The Pawn", the April 6, 1959 installment of her father's 1957–59 NBC western series, The Restless Gun, and subsequently appeared in episodes of One Step Beyond ("Premonition", seen on March 10, 1959, one month before the broadcast of her Restless Gun performance), Alfred Hitchcock Presents ("Graduating Class", December 27, 1959), The Tab Hunter Show ("I Love a Marine", October 30, 1960) and Dobie Gillis ("Goodbye, Mr. Pomfritt, Hello, Mr. Chips", June 13, 1961).

Her film appearances consist of uncredited bits in the 1962 classic, The Manchurian Candidate and Elvis Presley's 1965 musical, Girl Happy, as well as small credited supporting roles in 1964's Island of the Blue Dolphins and 1967's Don't Make Waves. Her final two television performances were broadcast two days apart in 1965. On October 6 she was seen in "The Young Marauders",[2] the fourth episode of ABC's new color western series, The Big Valley, playing the Southern-accented companion of the handsome head marauder, and, on October 8, in "The Night of Sudden Death",[3] the fourth episode of CBS' new black-and-white (in color, starting with the 1966–67 season) western/spy/fantasy series, The Wild Wild West. Playing a fiery and seductive member of a mysterious troupe of traveling circus performers,[4] she was prominently featured amidst the supporting cast and left the small screen on a high note. Following a two-year pause, her one remaining credit, Don't Make Waves, a comedic satire on southern California beach lifestyle, which starred Tony Curtis, Claudia Cardinale and Sharon Tate, spotlighted her in a brief bit as a beach beauty.

Marriage to Robert Towne[edit]

In 1977, following a passage of ten years, Julie Payne was in the news as a result of her marriage to Academy Award-winning screenwriter Robert Towne. Their daughter, Katharine Towne (born 1978), began a career as an actress in 1998 and has appeared in numerous films and TV series.

Credits confused with those of another actress[edit]

Shortly after Julie Payne retired from her acting career, another actress named Julie Payne, born in 1946,[5] who, in a 1976 interview,[6] gave her birthplace as Sweet Home, Oregon, but has also been erroneously listed as being born in 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana,[7] began her own acting career, with an appearance in the 1970 film The Strawberry Statement. Subsequent references have frequently combined the credits of the two actresses.

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