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Peter Basch (September 23, 1921 – March 15, 2004) was an American magazine and glamour photographer. He was born in Berlin, lived and died in New York City. The main body of his work was produced in the fifties and sixties.

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Early life
Peter Basch was born in Berlin, Germany, the only child of Felix Basch and Grete Basch-Freund, both prominent theater and film personalities of the German-speaking world.

In 1933 the family came to New York due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. The family had US citizenship because Felix’s father, Arthur Basch, was a wine trader who lived in San Francisco. After moving back to Germany, Arthur Basch kept his American citizenship, and passed it to his children and, thence, to his grandchildren.

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United States
When the Basch family arrived in New York in 1933, they opened a restaurant on Central Park South in the Navarro Hotel. The restaurant, Gretel’s Viennese, became a hangout for the Austrian expatriate community. Peter Basch had his first job there as a waiter. While in New York, Basch attended the De Witt Clinton High School. The family moved to Los Angeles to assist in Basch’s father’s career, during which time Basch went to school in England. Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.

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After the war, he started attending UCLA, but his mother asked him to join her back in New York. His parents had decided that Basch should be a photographer, and they obtained a photography studio for their son.

For over twenty years, Peter Basch’s had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.

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Julie Newmar


Born in Los Angeles as Julia Chalene Newmeyer, Julie Newmar is the eldest of three children of Don and Helen Jesmer Newmayer. Her father was head of the Physical Education Department at Los Angeles City College and had played American football professionally in the 1920s. Her brother is John Newmeyer, Harvard Ph.D, a San Francisco-based epidemiologist, author, and Napa Valley winemaker.

01524_pic2 Newmar was a "dancer-assassin" in Slaves of Babylon (1953) and the "gilded girl" in Serpent of the Nile (1953), in which she was clad in gold paint. She danced in several other films, including The Band Wagon and Demetrius and the Gladiators, and was a ballerina with the Los Angeles Opera. She also worked as a choreographer and dancer for Universal Studios.

Her first major role, billed as "Julie Newmeyer", was as one of the brides in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954). Her three minute Broadway appearance as the leggy "Stupefyin’ Jones" in the musical Li’l Abner in 1956 led to a reprise in the 1959 film version. She was also the female lead in a low-budget comedy, The Rookie. She also featured in many further films including the 1969 production, Mackenna’s Gold.

Newmar had first appeared on Broadway in 1955 in Silk Stockings which starred Hildegarde Neff and Don Ameche. She also appeared in the 1961 play, The Marriage-Go-Round, which starred Charles Boyer and Claudette Colbert. Newmar developed the role of the Swedish vixen and won a Tony Award for Best Supporting Actress. She later appeared on stage with Joel Grey in the national tour of Stop the World – I Want to Get Off and as "Lola" in Damn Yankees! and "Irma" in Irma La Douce.

01524_pic3 Newmar appeared in a pictorial, in the May 1968 issue of Playboy magazine, which featured Playmate Elizabeth Jordan.

Newmar’s fame stems mainly from her television appearances. She starred as "Rhoda the Robot" in the TV series My Living Doll (1964-1965), and is known for her recurring role in the 1966-67 TV series Batman as the Catwoman, the "purrfect" villainess, (played in the 1966 feature film by Lee Meriwether and in the series’ final season by Eartha Kitt).

In 1962, Newmar appeared twice as motorcycle-riding, free-spirited heiress Vicki Russell on Route 66, filmed in Tucson, Arizona ("How Much a Pound is Albatross") and in Tennessee ("Give the Old Cat a Tender Mouse"). She guest-starred on The Twilight Zone, F Troop, The Beverly Hillbillies, and Get Smart. In 1967, she guest-starred as April Conquest in the most popular episode of The Monkees, and was a pregnant princess in the Star Trek episode "Friday’s Child". She had guest roles in Columbo and The Bionic Woman during the 1970s.

Newmar appeared in several low-budget films during the next two decades. She guest-starred on TV, appearing on The Love Boat, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Hart to Hart, CHiPs and Fantasy Island. She was seen in George Michael’s video clip Too Funky in 1992, and appeared as herself in a 1996 episode of Melrose Place.

The 1995 film To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar pays homage to the actress; Newmar herself makes a cameo appearance near the film’s end.

In 2003, Newmar appeared as herself in the TV-Movie Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt alongside former Batman co-stars Adam West, Burt Ward, Frank Gorshin and Lee Meriwether. Julia Rose played Newmar in flashbacks to the production of the TV series.

Fashion designer Thierry Mugler, selected her as his model-muse for the catwalk of his 20 year couture celebration in Paris.


Just for You (1952)
Serpent of the Nile (1953)
The Band Wagon (1953)
Slaves of Babylon (1953)
Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)
Li’l Abner (1959)
The Rookie (1959)
The Marriage-Go-Round (1961)
For Love or Money (1963)
Mackenna’s Gold (1969)
The Maltese Bippy (1969)
Up Your Teddy Bear, aka Mother (1970)
Hysterical (1983)
Love Scenes (1984)
Streetwalkin’ (1985)
Evils of the Night (1985)
Deep Space (1987)
Nudity Required (1988)
Body Beat (1988)
Cyber-C.H.I.C. (1989)
Ghosts Can’t Do It (1990)
Oblivion (1994)
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! 
Julie Newmar (1995) (cameo)
Oblivion 2: Backlash (1996)
If… Dog… Rabbit… (1999

Television work
The Phil Silvers Show (1957)
(guest appearance)
Route 66 (1962) (guest appearances)
The Twilight Zone (1963)
(guest appearance)
My Living Doll (1964–1965)
Batman (1966)
F Troop (1966)
The Monkees (1966) (guest appearance)
Star Trek: The Original Series (1966)
Get Smart (1968) (guest appearance)
It Takes a Thief (1968)
McCloud (1970) (guest appearance)
Bewitched (1971) (guest appearance)
The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971)
A Very Missing Person (1972)
Columbo: Double Shock (1973)
Sin, American Style (1974)
Terraces (1977)
Jason of Star Command (1978)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures
of Adam and Burt (2003)
According to Jim (2006)
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2010)

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