Julie Bishop (actress)

Julie Bishop (born Jacqueline Brown; August 30, 1914 – August 30, 2001), previously known as Jacqueline Wells, was an American film and television actress. She appeared in more than 80 films between 1923 and 1957.

Julie Bishop
Jacqueline Brown[1]

(1914-08-30)August 30, 1914[2]
DiedAugust 30, 2001(2001-08-30) (aged 87)
Other namesDiane Duval, Jacqueline Wells
Years active1923-1957
Walter Booth Brooks III
(m. 1936; div. 1939)

Clarence A. Shoop
(m. 1944; died 1968)

William F. Bergin M.D.
(m. 1968)

Children2, including Pamela Susan Shoop

Life and career

Julie Bishop was born Jacqueline Brown in Denver, Colorado[3] on August 13, 1914. She used the family name Wells professionally through 1941, and also appeared on stage (and in one film) as Diane Duval. She was a child actress, beginning her career in 1923, in either Children of Jazz or Maytime (sources are contradictory).[4]

In 1941, she was offered a contract by Warner Bros. on the condition that she change her name, Jacqueline Wells, which was associated with her almost exclusively B-movie appearances through 1941 (amounting to nearly 50 films over 17 years). She chose the name Julie Bishop because it matched the monograms on her luggage.

By 1932, she was already a veteran film actress. As Jacqueline Wells she appeared in almost 50 B-movies for Universal, including two Laurel and Hardy films (Any Old Port! and The Bohemian Girl), spanning the silent era and the talkies. She appeared in more than a dozen feature films including Action in the North Atlantic (1943) with Humphrey Bogart, and Sands of Iwo Jima (1949) with John Wayne.[5]

She made 16 films at Warners, including a supporting role in Princess O'Rourke (1943), starring Olivia de Havilland and Robert Cummings. While filming, she met her second husband, Clarence Shoop, a pilot. She was Errol Flynn's leading lady in Northern Pursuit (1943), played Ira Gershwin's wife in the biopic Rhapsody in Blue (1945), and closed out her Warners years in 1946's Cinderella Jones.[5]

In 1949, Bishop played a down-on-her-luck wife and mother in the Sands of Iwo Jima, opposite John Wayne. She was among several former Wayne co-stars (including Laraine Day, Ann Doran, Jan Sterling, and Claire Trevor) who joined the actor in 1954's aviation drama, The High and the Mighty.[5]

Personal life

Thrice married, Bishop had a son, Steve, a physician and pilot, and a daughter, actress Pamela Susan Shoop, both by her second marriage, Gen. Clarence A. Shoop, a test pilot who flew for Howard Hughes and later became vice president of Hughes Aircraft; they were married from 1944 until his death in 1968. Her first marriage ended in divorce and her third marriage to William F. Bergin MD ended in 2001 with her death.[6]

Bishop was a Republican and campaigned for Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election[7].


Julie Bishop died of pneumonia on her 87th birthday, August 30, 2001 in Mendocino, California.[8] She is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California in the same plot as her husband, Clarence A. Shoop.[9]

Selected filmography


  1. Marrett, George (2016). Howard Hughes: Aviator. Naval Institute Press. p. 81. ISBN 9781682470374.
  2. "Julie Bishop". The Daily Telegraph. September 11, 2001.
  3. Lentz, Harris M. III (2002). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2001: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 35–36. ISBN 9780786412785. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  4. Mank, Gregory William (2005). Women in Horror Films, 1930s. McFarland. pp. 230–231. ISBN 9781476609546. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  5. Profile, imdb.com; accessed July 23, 2015.
  6. "Julie Bishop". IMDb. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  7. Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
  8. Oliver, Myrna (September 9, 2001). "Julie Bishop, 87; Actress Was in 84 Movies". LA Times. Retrieved November 23, 2014.
  9. Wilson, Scott. Resting Places: The Burial Sites of More Than 14,000 Famous Persons, 3d ed.: 2. McFarland & Company (2016) ISBN 0786479922
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