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Julie Newmar Never-Before-Seen PHOTOS Released

First Posted: 10/29/2010 4:05 pm   Updated: 05/25/2011 6:10 pm

Back in October 1958, well before she ever donned a pair of cat whiskers or rolled the "r" in the word "perfect," Julie Newmar (aka TV's Catwoman) was an up-and-coming star about to embark on a high-profile photo shoot for one of the world's biggest magazines, some of them never seen before until being published in this gallery. It was an afternoon that Newmar, then 25, still remembers vividly. Newmar, who is soon to publish a new book, The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth (available for sale through her website) recently sat down to reminisce about that afternoon in New York City ... that afternoon she was in LIFE Magazine.

Text, photos and captions by LIFE.com.
For more of the never-before-published photos of Julie Newmar, visit LIFE.com.

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In 1956, Newmar (who'd previously starred as one of the brides in the classic musical film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers) became an overnight sensation in the Broadway production of Li'l Abner as Stupefyin' Jones (center, arms aloft), the most gorgeous woman in Dogpatch, Kentucky. Newmar became a sex symbol even though she didn't have a single spoken line and was only onstage for 90 seconds. "That was taken while we were performing," Newmar says of this photo. "That was delicious. I'm thinking luscious thoughts about the men in this world -- that usually gives me a wonderful look on my face." (Photos courtesy of Gjon Mili/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
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