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40s Actress – Julie Bishop

Julie Bishop (August 30, 1914 – August 30, 2001) was an American film and television actress who appeared in over 80 films between 1923 and 1957.  Like many women, her part in WWII was that of boosting morale, which she did with her appearances at war fundraisers and ‘meet and greets’, as well as articles in women’s magazines (see below) and of boosting patriotism, which she did in her wartime movies.


Ms Bishop was born Jacqueline Wells and used her birth name for her career when she began as a child actress in 1923, until 1941 (around 50 films).  When offered a contract by Warner Bros. on the condition that she change her name (due to it’s association with ‘B-movies’) she settled on Julie Bishop, because it matched the monograms on her luggage (she had for a time been married to Walter Booth Brooks III, a writer). She made 16 films with Warners.

Here she is having a patriotic Christmas with some flyboys, c. 1943.

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By 1943 Julie Bishop was working opposite Errol Flynn in ‘Northern Pursuit’, and Humphrey Bogart in ‘Action in the North Atlantic’, about American convoys under attack from U-Boats. She devoted much time to persuading the stars to appear in a wartime morale-booster, ‘Hollywood Canteen’ (1944).

While working on that project she met Major-General Clarence Arthur Shoop, a technical adviser on the film, who became her second husband in 1944. The best man was Howard Hughes. “Howard was nice to me,” she once said, “because I had an interest in aviation.” Ms bishop did actually obtain her pilot’s licence in 1956.

“Shoopy”  was a reconnaissance pilot during World War II, flying the first photographic mission over Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day. In 1945, he was Base Commander at Muroc Army Field. Later a two-star general, Shoop was a vice president of Hughes Aircraft Company and the head of flight testing for Howard Hughes, as well as Commander-in-Chief of the Air National Guard of California. The couple had a son, a physician and pilot, and a daughter, actress Pamela Susan Shoop, together.

After the war Ms Bishop was seen in ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ (1945), and appeared with John Wayne in ‘The Sands of Iwo Jima’ (1949, below). ‘The Big Land’ (1957) was her last film.

Image 1949

When ‘Shoopy’ died in 1968, Ms Bishop married William F. Bergin, and the marriage lasted until her death from pneumonia, on her 87th birthday, 2001.


About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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