“I like 'Newhart” because we rarely rely on topical humor. You could watch the same show 50 years from now and have no trouble understanding the jokes.”
Julia said she always preferred comedy to dramatic acting.
"I wouldn't want to do drama. I don't have as much control over it as I do over comedy. A dramatic role is not as much mine; it could be played by anyone. When it's a comic role, I feel it's really my creation."
Born in Minneapolis Julia lost her father when she was age 7 and she was raised by her mother
“We probably lived in what were the slums of Edina [Minnesota], which seems pretty funny,” she said in an interview with The Record. “I really had a financially difficult childhood , the opposite of Stephanie's. Everyone I knew was richer than me; they seemed to live incredible lives, going on skiing vacations and all.”
She made her professional acting debut at 18 in a local production of “The Girl in the Freudian Slip.”
“I wanted to be an actress very badly, but I didn't have the desire to be a comedienne. I was never the classroom cutup or anything,” she said in 1986.
“Even today, I think doing comedy is just an outgrowth of my being an actress. I'm not the kind of person who is 'on' all the time. Unlike standup comics, I don't have the need to make people laugh, unless I'm playing a funny part. Offstage, I couldn't care less.”