Julie Wilson - Updated May 2024

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Omaha, Nebraska, USA

Julie Wilson

Julie Wilson was an American singer as well as an actress. Julie Wilson got recognition as the queen of cabaret. Moreover, she was also nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in 1989 for her performance in Legs Diamond.

Early Life and Childhood

Julie Wilson, the queen of cabaret, was born on October 21, 1924, in Omaha, Nebraska. Her mother’s name is  Emily she is a hairdresser, and her father’s name is Russell Wilson who is a coal salesman. Her birth name is Julie May Wilson and her birth sign is Libra. Likewise, she was involved with the local musical group “Hank’s Hepcats” in her teenage years. She had also won the title of Miss Nebraska. Later she headed to New York City during World War II and found work in two of Manhattan’s leading nightclubs, the Latin Quarter and the Copacabana.

Moreover, she belongs to the American nationality, and her ethnicity is still unknown. Sadly, she passed away on April 5, 2015, in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA  due to a stroke. She was 90 years old at the time of her death.


Talking about her educational background, she attended Omaha University. She studied music and drama there but dropped out after successfully auditioning for Earl Carroll’s Vanities.


Caption: Julie Wilson a Sultry Cabaret Legend performing on stage
(Source: The New York Times)

Julie Wilson – Professional Life and Career

Reflecting on her Professional life, she made her Broadway stage debut in the 1946 revue Three to Make Ready. Later in 1951, she moved to London and starred in the West End production of Kiss Me, Kate. She had appeared in shows such as South Pacific and Bells Are Ringing while studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Then she returned to New York to replace Joan Diener in Kismet.  In addition, she also appeared in The Pajama Game (1954), Jimmy (1969), Park (1970), and Legs Diamond (1988). She had also toured in Show Boat, Panama Hattie, Silk Stockings, Follies, Company, and A Little Night Music.

Likewise, she had also sung with Ray Anthony and his Orchestra, contributing vocals to several songs in the film This Could Be The Night. She also had an acting role in the film, as singer Ivy Coraline. In the following year, she also made an appearance as Rosebud in The Strange One, opposite Ben Gazzara.

Furthermore, she also appeared in television credits including regular roles on the American daytime soap opera The Secret Storm. In addition, she also appeared in a Hallmark Hall of Fame telecast of Kiss Me, Kate, and numerous episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show.

Julie Wilson has received a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her hard work and dedication to her career.


Caption: Julie Wilson in Kelly: A final homecoming for ‘Nebraska girl’ (Source: Omaha World-Herald)

Julie Wilson – Net Worth 2024

Julie had earned a decent sum of money in her profession. Her estimated net worth is around 43.4 Million dollars. However, she had owned over 93,500 units of Cerner stock worth over $680, and over the last 16 years, she had sold CERN stock worth over $43,445,505.

Julie Wilson – Personal Life

Talking about her relationship status, Julie Wilson had married thrice. Firstly, she got married on October 18, 1954, to talent agent Barron Reynolds Polan in Arlington, VA. However, they divorced in December 1955. Then she secondly married on December 29, 1955, to film producer Harvey Goldstein Bernhard in Las Vegas, NV. Furthermore, she again married her third husband, actor/producer Michael McAloney. They are blessed with two sons, Holt McCallany (writer, actor, and producer) and Michael, Jr (who died in 1991).

Moreover, there was no controversy or scandal during her professional life. She had tried to keep herself away from scandals.


Julie Wilson posing for a photo (Source: Big Gay Horror Fan – WordPress.com)


Julie suffered a stroke on April 5, 2015, in Manhattan and she died the same day. She was 90 years old when she died.