Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop, attractive leading lady of numerous features and serials during the 1930s and ’40s, died Aug. 30 of natural causes in Mendocino, Calif. She died on her 87th birthday.

Bishop began her career as a silent screen actress named Jacqueline Wells. She later appeared in numerous Hal Roach comedy shorts before maturing into a leading lady of serials and features.

A sampling of her more memorable roles include “Tillie and Gus” with W.C. Fields (1933), “The Bohemian Girl” with Laurel & Hardy (1936) and “Rhapsody in Blue” starring Robert Alda (1945).

Born Jacqueline Brown in Denver, Colorado, she spent part of her childhood in Wichita Falls in western Texas before settling in Hollywood where she launched her career as a child actress of silent films. Her first screen appearance was a small part in “Children of Jazz” (1923). As Jacqueline Wells she also appeared in a spate of silent films including “Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife” (1923), “Captain Blood” (1924), “The Home Maker” (1925) and “The Family Upstairs” (1926).

With the advent of sound films in 1927, she took four years off, during which she attended school and studied dance under Theodore Kosloff. She returned to the bigscreen in 1933 with appearances in several features that year including “Tarzan the Fearless” (both feature and serial) starring Buster Crabbe and “Alice in Wonderland” starring Charlotte Henry. She also starred opposite Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in 1934’s “The Black Cat.”

In 1940, she was screen-tested op-posite John Barrymore for a role in “The Man Who Came to Dinner” and was signed by Warner Bros. with the stipulation that she change her name to Julie Bishop.

During her years with Warners, she appeared in “Northern Pursuit” with Errol Flynn and with Humphrey Bogart in “Action in the North Atlan-tic,” in which she sang “Night and Day.”

She appeared in two John Wayne starrers, “Sands of Iwo Jima” and “The High and the Mighty,” and her favorite, the William Wellman-helmed “Westward, the Women” starring Robert Taylor. She also appeared in “Cinderella Jones.”

During World War II, Bishop de-voted much of her time to entertaining Allied servicemen at the Hollywood Canteen .

Briefly married during the mid-1930s, Bishop was later married to Maj. Gen. Clarence A. Shoop from 1944 until his death in 1968. She is survived by her third husband, Dr. William F. Bergin; a daughter, actress Pamela Shoop Sweeney; a son, Dr. Stephen Allen Shoop; and a grandson.

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