Julie Parrish

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Julie Parrish
Julie Parrish 1967.jpg
Julie Parrish from the television comedy Good Morning, World (1967)
Ruby Joyce Wilbar

(1940-10-21)October 21, 1940
DiedOctober 1, 2003(2003-10-01) (aged 62)
Years active1962–1998

Julie Parrish (born Ruby Joyce Wilbar, October 21, 1940 – October 1, 2003) was an American film, stage, and television actress.

Early life[edit]

Parrish was born Ruby Joyce Wilbar on October 21, 1940, in Middlesboro, Kentucky to William Robert "Bob" Wilbar (1913-1988) and Gladys Wilbar (nee Gladys Marie Webb, 1911–1998). She had five younger siblings, sisters Barbara, Janice, and Liza and brothers James and Robert.[1] She spent her early years in Lake City, Tennessee (now Rocky Top, Tennessee), before moving to Tecumseh, Michigan at age 11. There she graduated from high school. Parrish then attended a modeling school in Toledo, Ohio. She won a national contest for "Young Model of The Year" at a modeling school chain.[citation needed]


Parrish first appeared as an actress in the Jerry Lewis movies It's Only Money (1962) and The Nutty Professor (1963), and in a small role in Harlow (1965). After some guest appearances on television series, and roles in films such as Winter A-Go-Go (1965) and Fireball 500 (1966), she co-starred with Elvis Presley in Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966). Her later film credits included roles in The Doberman Gang (1972), The Time Machine (1978) and The Devil and Max Devlin (1981).

Parrish also made guest appearances in many television series such as Death Valley Days, Gunsmoke, Family Affair, Star Trek, Bonanza, Capitol and Beverly Hills, 90210. She had lead roles on several television soap operas and was the female lead in the short-lived 1967 CBS Television sitcom, Good Morning, World.

Parrish's theater credits include Absence of a Cello and Memo. In Los Angeles, she received an L.A. Drama Critics Award for her portrayal of Maggie in Arthur Miller's After the Fall. She was also a writer and contributed essays, articles, and book reviews to many publications. Parrish began undergraduate studies in her late forties, earning a degree in Chemical Dependencies Counseling. She worked for nine years as a full-time on-staff counselor at the Haven Hills Shelter for Battered Women.[citation needed]


After a long battle with ovarian cancer, she died of complications from the disease in Los Angeles, California at the age of 62 in 2003.[2]


Year Title Role Notes
1962 'It's Only Money Bridalshop Saleslady Uncredited
1963 The Nutty Professor College Student
1965 Harlow Serena Harrison Uncredited
1965 Winter A-Go-Go Dee Dee
1965 Boeing Boeing Pretty Girl Uncredited
1966 Paradise, Hawaiian Style Joanna
1966 Fireball 500 Martha
1972 The Doberman Gang June
1978 The Time Machine Salem Quaker TV movie
1981 The Devil and Max Devlin Sheila
1998 The Politics of Desire Audience Member #8 (final film role)


  1. ^ "Michigan Obituaries, 1820-2006," database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV5M-QZ31 : 21 April 2017), Gladys Marie Wilbar, 1998; citing Adrian, , , United States, Obituary, Grand Rapids Public Library, Michigan; FHL microfilm 7,616,273.
  2. ^ Glamour Girls of the Silver Screen

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