Julienne Marie

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Julienne Marie
Born Julianne Marie Hendricks
(1937-03-21) March 21, 1937 (age 80)[1]
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Occupation Retired actress and singer
Years active 1950-1983
Spouse(s) Gerald Kean
(19??-19??; dissolved)
James Earl Jones
(1968-1972; divorced)
John Scanlon
(1970s-2001; his death)

Julienne Marie (born March 21, 1937)[2] is a retired American actress and singer, best known for her work on the Broadway stage.


Julianne Marie Hendricks was born to John Hendricks, a chemist, and his wife, Ethel (née Gyurko).[3] Her mother was a stage mother who pushed her into performing at a very young age. She was named for her paternal grandmother, Julia Hendricks. She dropped her last name and changed Julianne to Julienne, using her first and middle names to create her stage name (Julienne Marie), as she thought the surname Hendricks sounded "too Midwestern". During her school years, she took piano lessons and participated in local pageants. She moved from Toledo to New York with her family where she started voice training at Juilliard.[2]


She made her Broadway debut in the original production of The King and I as the youngest of Yul Brynner's child brides. She received her first Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1959 for her portrayal of a young Indian maiden in Whoop-Up, which played 56 performances. Around 1960, she turned down a lead role in Lucille Ball's Wildcat to step into the original production of Gypsy as Louise, succeeding Sandra Church. Gypsy Rose Lee herself reportedly praised Julienne's performance. She performed 585 shows as Louise opposite Merman.[4]

In 1963, she won a Theatre World award for her work in the off-Broadway revival of The Boys from Syracuse. In 1964, Julienne received her second Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in Foxy starring Bert Lahr. Foxy played for 72 performances. In 1965, she starred in Do I Hear a Waltz?, alongside Elizabeth Allen; the show played 220 performances. Her final Broadway appearance came in 1980 for the musical Charlie and Algernon; the show played just 17 performances.[5] In the late 1980s, she performed a cabaret act.[6]


Julienne Marie appeared in such soap operas as Our Private World (1965) and Ryan's Hope (1978).

Personal life[edit]

She first wed Gerald Kean, a writer.[7] She met James Earl Jones performing as Othello in 1964.[8] They married in 1968 and divorced in 1972. Marie acknowledged that her marriage to Jones ended because they were apart too much due to work and Jones wanted children and she did not.[9]

She met advertising executive John Scanlon in the early 1970s and they married, remaining married until his death in 2001 at age 66 from a heart attack. The couple were patrons for the Ireland-based organization Concern Worldwide.[10][11] After Scanlon's death, she relocated from Manhattan to a small village in France.[12] Long retired from show business, she established a career as a psychotherapist later in life.[13]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ 1940 United States census indicates she was born in 1933 (see "United States Census, 1940" index and images, FamilySearch; accessed February 25, 2014, citing enumeration district (ED) 95-310, sheet 1A, family 1, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3266) as well as another image from the April 10, 1940 census, citing enumeration district (ED) 95-310, sheet 1A, family 1, NARA digital publication of T627, roll 3266.
  2. ^ a b Profile, news.google.com; accessed February 7, 2014.
  3. ^ "Cumberland Times". Newspaperarchive.com. September 11, 1960. p. 11. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  4. ^ Profile, news.google.com; accessed February 7, 2014.
  5. ^ "Julienne Marie - Broadway Theatre Credits, Photos, Who's Who". Playbill Vault. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  6. ^ John S. Wilson. "Cabaret: Julienne Scanlon Sings". Nytimes.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  7. ^ Julienne Marie profile, with reference to her first marriage, news.google.com; December 15, 1963; accessed February 25, 2014.
  8. ^ "James Earl Jones and Julienne Marie in Othello at Shakespeare in the Park, 1964". Playbill.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Black Celebrities with White Partners". May 19, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Breaking, World, US & Local News". Articles.nydailynews.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Social Diary: A night in the arts". Newyorksocialdiary.com. February 21, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Dining With HRH Prince Charles-Philippe D'Orleans, Duc D'Anjou". San Francisco Sentinel. Retrieved 2014-02-07. 
  13. ^ "James Earl Jones Goes Home Again". Sarasota Journal. October 4, 1976.