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 An Interview with Julie Newmar (Page 3 of 3)

Gary Barg: What kind of responses are you getting to the Web site and your writing?

Julie Newmar: Ninety-nine percent positive. A few years ago I wrote a book called The Conscious Catwoman Explains Life on Earth, which is very funny. It is about 50 pages of epigrams for when your life goes bad. I give you a little sentence or two. You can cut it out if you like or write it on a piece of paper and stick it on your ice box door to remind you how to perk up your life. I just had such fun putting this together. I call it the very last “how to” book.

Gary Barg: You are a very gifted comedian. Anybody who reads your writing or sees you knows that, and obviously the Catwoman character was always very funny; but that was not how you started out, was it?

Julie Newmar: Oh, no. I have always been the comedian because my first career was as a pianist. I had a concert pianist that I worked with and when you learn timing, that then applies to acting and especially to comedy; because to reach people, you have to touch them. To touch them, you have to tell the truth that is universal, or at least between you and them. Therefore, laughter is the force that comes from that moment of truth as it hits the body. So there is nothing greater in the God-force, let us say, then laughter. That is at least the second best thing you will ever have in life. Love is the first dominant. There is not anything better than to act kindly in this world.

Gary Barg: Well, laughter brings everything up, opens everything up.

Julie Newmar: You cannot NOT laugh. People already know how to do that. You do not teach them that.

Gary Barg: Yes. And truly there are some things that only a caregiver will laugh at because it is an inside joke—you absolutely know what is real and it is funny and it is true.

Julie Newmar: Everything is funny if you will allow it; if you squeeze up, get tight, try to force against it, forget it. You are just going to have another disaster. Now if you like disasters, you can keep on practicing them.

Gary Barg: Do you have one piece of advice that you could leave a caregiver with?

Julie Newmar: Do not tighten up. To me, the word joy is just painted on the inside of my eyeballs. I try to find that in places, things and people. We have covered it all in what we have been talking about, but a piece of advice—just keep on loving.


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