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Julie London

Born Gayle Peck in 1926, Julie London married actor Jack Webb of Dragnet fame in 1947. They were drawn to each other through a mutual interest in jazz.

Julie appeared in a range of minor films as an actress. Following her divorce in 1954, she pursued a recording career. She began performing in nightclubs and, in December 1955, released her debut album.

The album, Julie Is Her Name, included the hit single Cry Me a River produced by composer and bandleader Bobby Troup, who would become her second husband.

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The song peaked at #9 and sold a million copies while the album went to #2. Julie performed the song in the 1957 Jayne Mansfield film The Girl Can’t Help It.

Julie London continued to record albums through to the end of the 1960s but she never again achieved her initial chart success.

She married Troup in 1959, and the pair remained married for 40 years until he passed away in 1999.

London appeared in a wide range of TV shows, most notably in the 1970s hit series Emergency! along with her husband. She died in 2000 at the age of 74.