Julie London

Julie London

Source: CBS Television (1958)

elevator operator

Her sultry voice made her a jazz diva of the 1950s. But Julie London started out professionally as an actress, after being "discovered" in a Hollywood store elevator by a talent agent who noticed her striking facial features. The 17-year old actress-to-be was working as the elevator operator. From there, it was a screen test and photo shoots, which put her in Esquire magazine, turning her into a World War II pin-up girl. London, who once recorded an entire album in her house (Julie...At Home), was a heavy smoker and drinker (since the age of 16) and that ultimately destroyed her voice, forcing her to stop singing by 1970. But, she continued to act, appearing in the popular 1970s medical TV series "Emergency!". In the year 2000, 74 year old Julie London had trouble breathing and died of lung cancer. Regarded as one of the greatest jazz singers of her time, you can hear Julie London right here on Jazz Diva Radio.