Julie Parrish


Julie Parrish, who starred in the 1967 CBS sitcom “Good Morning World” and appeared in films with Jerry Lewis and Elvis Presley, died Wednesday Oct. 1 at Tarzana Community Hospital of natural causes that likely were related to her history of ovarian cancer. She was 62.

“Good Morning World” ran 1967-68. Parrish also appeared in such series as “Star Trek,” “Bonanza,” “My Three Sons” and “Beverly Hills, 90210” as well as soaps “Return to Peyton Place” and “Capitol.”

She was in the film “Paradise Hawaiian Style,” with Presley.

Born Ruby Joyce Wilbar in Middlesboro, Ky., she attended modeling school in Toledo, Ohio, where she became active in theater. Her film career began when she was chosen by Lewis as the winner of a national modeling contest, and she appeared in the Lewis film “It’s Only Money.” She changed her name to Julie Parrish for her next film, “The Nutty Professor,” in which she had a role as a student.

She also had several stage roles and received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for her portrayal of Maggie in Arthur Miller’s “After the Fall.”

In addition, she had several writing credits, including an episode of “Laverne and Shirley,” and recorded “When We Dance,” an album of country music.

Parrish began undergraduate studies in her late 40s, earning a degree in chemical dependencies counseling. She served on the board of directors of the Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women and worked as a counselor at Haven Hills Shelter for Battered Women. She spoke to audiences about domestic violence and visited schools to discuss dating violence.

She is survived by two sisters and two brothers.

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