In memory of Julie Wilson, Mary Small’s friend and contemporary, who died today at age 90 in Manhattan, here is Mary discussing visiting Julie in London. This interview is cut from a series of interviews done by David Siegel. Rest in peace Julie, the world has lost another legend.
After winning a singing contest on a radio show hosted by Mickey Rooney, she was offered an engagement at the Mocambo in Los Angeles. While there she met Cole Porter, who offered her the role of Bianca in the London production of “Kiss Me, Kate.” She remained in England through the early 1950s, appearing there in musicals including “Bet Your Life” and “South Pacific.”
-From her NY Times Obit today