2.18.19 Hollywood Royalty – Julia Benjamin – her very own “Dirty John” story
Julia Benjamin, a third generation Hollywood daughter, joins Joe from LA on todays’ show.
Julia started very young, At age 8 Julia achieved instant stardom and world wide recognition as she debuted in the role of “Susie Baxter” with acclaimed actress Shirley Booth, who owned her show and starred as “Hazel”
Julia has her very own “Dirty John” story… the cautionary tale of Debra Newell
Join us today at 4 pm as we get the story of Hollywood from one of the legends.
Julia Benjamin, born February 21st 1957, American child star and adult actress began her career in Hollywood at the age of 6. Julia’s 1st interview and job was for a “Marx Toys” commercial with 3 little girls having a tea party.
At age 7, she guest starred on “Valentines Day” with Jack Soo and Tony Franciosa which brought her instant fame and recognition and was considered for best newcomer in a television series. At age 8 Julia achieved instant stardom and world wide recognition as she debuted in the role of “Susie Baxter” with acclaimed actress Shirley Booth, who owned her show and starred as “Hazel” as Shirley had her eyes set on Julia, during hundreds of auditions over a 6 month period, knowing Julia’s 1st audition, that she would be the new charge of Hazel.
After the show closed, Julia went on to guest star in “My 3 Sons”, “This is the Life” ( a religious series), “The Guns of Will Sonnet”, “Mr. & Mrs. Bo Jo Jones”, “The Jordan Chance”, “Riptide” and daytime soaps, “General Hospital” and “The Young and the Restless”.
However “Rockford Files” starring Jim Garner and the writers of his show, Stephen J. Cannell and David Chase of “The Sopranos would write and request only for Julia to guest star in “The Prisoner of Rosemont Hall” a rape scene with Jimmy and “The Black Mirror” which won the Emmy in 1974.
Julia has appeared in many television commercials, including “Sprite” and “Take 5 Little Casseroles, on roller skates as well as hundreds of voice overs, dialects and dubbing from age 6, character voices with “Cheech and Chong” ranging from 6 years to 90.
Currently Julia has penned her autobiography, title to be announced soon about her life in the glitz and glam of Hollywood to the dark side of a tragic dog attack which would change her life forever and expose the lies, secrets, reality of what happens when the director says CUT. Julia resides in Los Angeles with her son Branden, a chef.