Born in Fremont, Nebraska, famed 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 demonstrated early signs of talent, especially as an open public orator during her years in senior high school which earned her a good number of commendations. The level of poise and self-confidence she exuded steered her towards a career in the performing arts upon her graduation.
Her debut television project came when she was 18, on the set of The Loretta Young Show where she arrived as Loretta’s Young’s little girl in 1960. That particular role served as a stepping stone that launched her career as she started getting other roles including in Gunsmoke and Bonanza. She was also on the set of Flipper – a television show which was released in 1964. Julie’s movie debut was rather inauspicious – a role in the 1964 movie titled Sex and the Faculty Female, but then, she managed to command attention with her starring roles in other movies in the mid-60s.
It would appear that she found television more gratifying than the big screen and by the end of her first 10 years, she had already broken through the ranks with starring roles in the sitcom titled The Governor & J.J. alongside Dan Dailey in 1969. During the early 1970s, Julie Sommars portrayed the roles of vulnerable youthful beauties in a couple of regular television films like Funnel, as well as Five Desperate Ladies, both of which came in 1971. She enjoyed a quiet period for a short while but emerged in 1988 with the role of Asst. D.A. Julie March alongside Andy Griffith on the popular television series Matlock which earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
Family: Spouse And Kids
Who could have believed that the fourth time around was going to turn out to be the best? Juliana Edith Sommars – popularly known as Julie Summars, currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband number 4. She got married to John Karns on the 2nd of April 1984. Their union has endured for 35 years without any notable friction as the duo peacefully slithers into old age as a happy and contented couple.
Before she met her current spouse, she had already been into three marriages which all failed within very short periods. Her first foray into matrimony was in 1960 when she tied the conjugal knot with her first love Jack Donner. Though they exchanged their marriage vows on the 19th of September 1960, the details of their married life were never made public and consequently, nobody knows when and how the marriage came to an end.
After her first marriage came to an end, Julie Sommars hooked up with a man named Robert Christopher Trentacosta. They dated for a while and decided to culminate their relationship into marriage at a 1964 wedding that took place precisely on the 4th of November 1964. From what is obvious, marital bliss was never part of that particular union because it crashed within one year, ending in a 1965 divorce.
It seems that Julie had a long break from romantic relationships after her second marriage but she surfaced on the matrimonial front again in 1971, this time, she married Stuart Erwin Jr. Their nuptials was accomplished on the 17th of September 1971 and ended in divorce on the 4th of August 1980.
The famed actress has three children from all her marriages, a girl named Jacey and a couple of boys called Bill and Michael. Notable among her children is Michael who worked with the then vice president of the United States Al Gore during his electioneering campaign.
Julie Sommars has been earning a good sum from the inception of her acting career. Although her annual salary has never been published by any source; her net worth has been estimated to be $2.5 million.
Where Is Julie Sommars Now?
From what we gathered from the available records, Julie Sommars left the limelight after working for five seasons on Matlock. She actually retired from her career as a professional actress and has since stayed away from the public eye except for a few television reunion specials for the cast of Matlock which still remains the best of Julie Sommars till date.