Julie McCullough

Julie McCullough

Born: January 30, 1965
Age: 53
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Biography

Julie Michelle McCullough (born January 30, 1965) is an American model, actress and stand-up comedian. She was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for February 1986, and played the role of Julie Costello on Growing Pains in 1989-90.

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Early life

Julie McCullough, who is of Irish descent, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and named after a 1950s song called "Oh Julie". She has one older brother, Joey. McCullough's parents divorced when she was 4. Her mother, Nancy, a housewife, married Herman Paynter, a Marine one year later. In addition to living in Honolulu, she grew up in several states, including North Carolina, West Virginia, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Nevada and California, as well as Canada and Italy. She considers herself Southern, having attended high school in Poplar Bluff, Missouri and Allen, Texas.

Career

Modeling

McCullough worked as a model in her teens before moving to California. In 1983, McCullough graduated from high school and was living in Allen, Texas, when a photographer approached her to pose for Playboy magazine. She became a Playboy model appearing in four issues: February 1985 (on the cover and as part of a "Girls of Texas" pictorial), February 1986 (as Playmate of the Month), September 1986 (on the cover and as part of a "Farmer's Daughters" pictorial) and October 1989 (a post-Growing Pains compilation of her first three shoots with extra pictures).

She also appeared on the cover of "Inside Sports" magazine's swimsuit issue.

In 1989, officials of North Carolina Azalea Festival stripped Julie McCullough of her crown as Azalea Queen of Wilmington, because of controversy surrounding her appearance as a Playboy centerfold.

In 2004, McCullough voiced herself as a tutorial guide in the video game Playboy: The Mansion.

Acting career

McCullough found work in a number of television and film projects. Her work included Max Headroom, The Golden Girls, a role in the 1987 film Big Bad Mama II co-starring Angie Dickinson, Superboy and the 1988 horror movie remake The Blob. She starred in the syndicated adventure series Robin's Hoods as Stacey Wright with singer-actor Rick Springfield. Robin's Hoods lasted one season on television.

Growing Pains

Julie McCullough landed the role of nanny Julie Costello on the television show Growing Pains in 1989. She appeared in eight episodes until she was fired in 1990, which allegedly stemmed from series star Kirk Cameron's conversion to evangelical Christianity, a conversion that, according to The E! True Hollywood Story episode focusing on the show, served to alienate him from his fellow cast members, as he did not invite any of them to his wedding. In his 2008 autobiography Still Growing, Cameron states that he did not call for her to be fired and the show's producers have claimed that Julie's character was never intended to be a permanent character. However, the long-told story is that Cameron called for McCullough's termination because of his anger and objections to her having posed nude in Playboy, accusing the show's producers of promoting pornography. A decade later, Cameron apologized to his TV family for some of his prior behavior due to his lack of maturity. He reportedly did not reconcile with McCullough, who claims that Cameron refused to speak to her during a later encounter. She remains critical of him, stating that she lost a lot from the public criticism she endured during the controversy. McCullough has criticized the evangelical television programming Cameron has produced, which she has viewed on one occasion, saying on her MySpace page:

He thinks if I read science books that I'm going to hell. rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints ... the sinners are much more fun. And a lot more interesting than some book-burner who is still having growing pains. I am at peace with God. Kirk thinks people like me are going to Hell, if I do then at least I'll go well informed and well read.

After the Growing Pains scandal, McCullough made several television appearances on Beverly Hills, 90210, Jake and the Fatman, Harry and the Hendersons and Drexell's Class.

Comedy

McCullough now works as a stand-up comedian, and has performed at the Hollywood Improv, the Palms Hotel and Casino, and the Laugh Factory.

McCullough has appeared on the E! reality show The Girls Next Door. She appeared in "Under the Covers", the ninth episode of the first season, which aired in October 2005, and "May the Horse Be With You", the second episode of the third season, which aired in March 2007.

Personal life

McCullough married Canadian actor David Sutcliffe on November 10, 2001; they divorced in December 2003.

According to Dave Itzkoff, writing in an article in the June 2006 Playboy magazine, during the rise in popularity of MySpace, McCullough was "Playboy's unofficial ambassador to the MySpace nation."

McCullough celebrated her 50th birthday at the Comedy Store club in Hollywood with a sold-out stand-up comedy show. Guests included Tia Carrere and Pauly Shore.

Filmography

Movies

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Big Bad Mama II Polly McClatchie
1988 The Blob Susie
1992 Round Trip to Heaven Lucille Johnson
1993 The Baby Doll Murders Betty Maglia
1994 The St. Tammany Miracle Kimberly
1994 In the Living Years Annie
1996 Echo of Blue Kathleen Randolph
1997 Top of the World Ginger
1999 Me and Will Stacey
2000 Intrepid Cruise Director Shannon
2004 West from North Goes South Dream Girl
2008 Jack Rio Red Carpet Hostess
2009 A Letter to Dad Annie
2011 2012: Ice Age Teri Hart Direct To DVD
2016 Renaissance Man Jules
2016 Hospital Arrest Dr. Lynn Joyner

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1987 Who's the Boss? Beautiful Girl 1 Episode, The Way We Was
1987 1st & Ten: The Championship Tracy - Stuart's girlfriend 1 Episode, The Brink of Death
1988 Max Headroom 1 Episode, Neurostim
1988 Superboy Sara Danner 1 Episode, A kind of Princess
1989-1990 Growing Pains Julie Costello 11 Episodes
1990 The Golden Girls Mary 1 Episode, Mary Has a Little Lamb
1990 Without Her Consent Claire Sugarman TV Movie
1991 Beverly Hills, 90210 Trina 1 Episode, Slumber Party
1991 The Munsters Today Stephanie 1 Episode, Lotsa Luck
1991 Jake and the Fatman Darcy Warren 1 Episode, It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
1991 Revenge of the Nerds Cheerleader Unaired TV Pilot
1991-1992 Drexell's Class Rosie / School Secretary 3 Episodes
1992 Harry and the Hendersons Uma 1 Episode, The Love Mask
1993 Arly Hanks Jay-Lee TV Movie
1993-1994 Robin's Hoods Stacey Wright 22 Episodes
1995 The Drew Carey Show Peaches 2 Episodes
1996-1997 High Tide Meg Kelsey 2 Episodes
1997 Breast Men 1970's Head Receptionist TV Movie
1999 Pacific Blue Carol Best 2 Episodes
2000 Relic Hunter Erica, The Erotic 1 Episode, A Vanishing Art
2001 Black Scorpion Dr. Ariel Haze / Pollutia 1 Episode, Life's a Gas
2012 Gila! Vera TV Movie
2013 Sharknado Joni Waves TV Movie

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