Downtown Julie Brown
|Downtown Julie Brown|
Brown in a USO show, 1999.
|Born||Julie Dorne Brown
27 August 1959 
|Known for||Club MTV – VJ
(m. 1981; div. 1986)
Martin Schuemann (m. 2001)
Julie Dorne Brown (born 27 August 1959), better known as Downtown Julie Brown is a London–born actress, television personality SiriusXM DJ and former MTV VJ. Brown is best known as the host of the television music show Club MTV which ran from 1987 until 1992.
Life and career
Brown's father was Jamaican and her mother, British. Brown has three brothers and three sisters. Her father was in the Royal Air Force and she grew up on air force bases all around the world, including Singapore and Cyprus, before returning to the United Kingdom, where they 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 programmes, including the long-running show Crackerjack. Brown also appeared as a dancer on Top of the Pops in the early 1980s as a member of the dance troupe Zoo.
Brown became a presenter on the pan-European music channel Music Box and, after moving to the United States, eventually became an MTV VJ and went on to host the Club MTV show in the late 1980s. That show had a format similar to American Bandstand's but featured an exclusive lineup of dance music. From this came her catchphrase, "Wubba Wubba Wubba", after she accidentally read the T-shirt of a camera crewmember who was holding the cue cards while on live TV.
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 by their "facing" each other on both their shows (Club MTV and Just Say Julie).
After leaving MTV, Brown went on to work for ESPN conducting on- and off-field interviews with football athletes. Brown then moved to Los Angeles to host the E Entertainment channel's gossip show. She also became the host of the syndicated radio program American Dance Traxx in March 1992 until its final broadcast in December 1993.
Brown has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, including Spy Hard; Spring Break '83; The Weird Al Show; B*A*P*S; Ride; Walker, Texas Ranger; Battle Dome; Hey Arnold!; I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!; The Dog Whisperer; The Eric Andre Show; and RuPaul's Drag U.
Most recently, she appeared in television's Wife Swap on 21 July 2013. She also appeared on the cover and posed nude for the August 1998 edition of Playboy. Brown is currently a host on the SiriusXM channel '90s on 9. In addition to hosting programmes, she also hosts "The Back in The Day Replay Countdown," on which are played the 30 biggest songs of the week from a particular year in the 1990s.
Brown married Airman Phillip Dukes, stationed at RAF Fairford in the early 1981; later divorcing in 1986. Brown married film producer and one-time CEO of Vision Motor Corporation Martin Schuermann in 2001. They live in Marina del Rey, California, USA with their daughter, Gianna.
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