Booth Moore of All the Rage, one of our sister blogs, had lunch with Julie Newmar, the greatest on-screen Catwoman of them all, and the topic turned to Anne Hathaway, who was just cast as the feline outlaw in “The Dark Knight Rises.” Here’s a quick excerpt:
Newmar is as feisty as ever. “This looks like Calvin Klein from 1978, and it might be,” she said of her outfit, a tweedy navy and white jacket and pencil skirt. Her voice still purrs. Of course, we all wanted to know her take on Hathaway. “She’s going to be marvelous,” Newmar said, even as I questioned Hathaway’s sex appeal. Now Newmar, she understood sex appeal. She made her own Catwoman costume, and was especially keen to have the belt at her hips, instead of her waist, to highlight her hourglass figure, she said. (The costume is now in the Smithsonian Institute.)
In addition to being an actress on stage and screen, Newmar was also a fashion model and muse for designer Thierry Mugler. And honestly, where would Mugler have been if not for his Catwoman-like Latex and rubber suits and curve-hugging silhouette? Newmar walked the runway for him a couple of times in the 1990s, wearing waist-whittling corset dresses, and appeared in the Mugler-directed 1992 George Michael video “Too Funky.” (The Mugler label is now in the midst of a makeover, courtesy of Nicola Formichetti, the stylist-turned-creative director. He showed his first men’s Mugler collection in Paris last week.) Nowadays, Newmar keeps busy gardening, appearing at fan expos, and managing her real estate investments….
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— Booth Moore
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