Born in Fremont, Nebraska, famous actress Julie Sommars spent her formative years in the Midwest in both South Dakota and Iowa. As she blossomed into a beautiful young woman, the promising actress showed early signs of talent, especially as a public speaker during her years in senior high school, which earned her a number of awards. The level of self-confidence and self-assurance she exuded directed her toward a career in the performing arts after graduation.
She made her television debut at the age of 18 on the set of The Loretta Young Show, where she arrived in 1960 as Loretta’s Young’s little girl. This special role served as a springboard that launched her career as she began to get other roles, including Gunsmoke and Bonanza. She also appeared on the set of Flipper – a television show that was released in 1964. Julie’s film debut was rather unfavorable – a role in the 1964 film Sex and the Faculty Female, but then in the mid-1960s she managed to attract attention with her leading roles in other films.
Apparently, she found television more satisfying than the big screen, and by the end of her first 10 years, she had already established herself with leading roles in the sitcom titled The Governor & J.J. alongside Dan Dailey in 1969. In the early 1970s, Julie Sommars portrayed the roles of vulnerable teenage beauties in a number of regular television movies such as Funnel and Five Desperate Ladies, both of which were released in 1971. She enjoyed a quiet period for a short time but emerged in 1988 with the role of Asst D.A. Julie March alongside Andy Griffith in the popular television series Matlock, which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Family: Spouse And Kids
Who would have thought that the fourth time would turn out to be the best? Juliana Edith Sommars – popularly known as Julie Summars – currently lives with her husband number 4 in Los Angeles. She married John Karns on April 2, 1984, and their relationship has lasted 35 years without any notable friction, while the duo slides peacefully into old age as a happy and contented couple.
Before she met her current spouse, she had already made three marriages, all of which failed within a very short time. Her first foray into marriage was in 1960 when she tied the marital knot with her first love, Jack Donner. Although they exchanged their vows on September 19, 1960, the details of their married life were never made public, and consequently, no one knows when and how the marriage ended.
After the end of her first marriage, Julie Sommars joined forces with a man named Robert Christopher Trentacosta. They dated for a while and decided to culminate their relationship in marriage at a wedding in 1964, which took place exactly on November 4, 1964. It is obvious that the marital bliss was never part of this special relationship, as it broke up within a year and ended in divorce in 1965.
It seems that Julie had a long break from romantic relationships after her second marriage, but in 1971 she reappeared on the marital front, this time marrying Stuart Erwin Jr. Her marriage was consummated on September 17, 1971, and ended in divorce on August 4, 1980.
The famous actress has from all her marriages three children, a girl named Jacey and a couple of boys named Bill and Michael. Notable among her children is Michael, who worked with the then Vice President of the United States, Al Gore, during his election campaign.
Julie Sommars has earned a good amount of money from the beginning of her acting career. Although her annual salary was never published by any source, her net worth is estimated at $2.5 million.
Where Is Julie Sommars Now?
From what we can gather from the available records, Julie Sommars left the spotlight after working on Matlock for five seasons. She actually retired from her career as a professional actress and has since stayed away from the public eye, except for a few TV reunion specials for the cast of Matlock, which remains Julie Sommars’ best to this day.