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Batman’ Star Julie Newmar — Having a Son With Down Syndrome Taught Me Unconditional Love


Julie Newmar may have been an international sex symbol as Catwoman on TV’s Batman in the 60s, but she tells Closer Weekly that her world truly changed when she gave birth to her son, John Jewl Smith, in 1981.

In an exclusive interview with Closer, on newsstands now, Julie says it’s “very helpful” having a child withDown syndrome. “Parents should never feel like they have an afflicted child,” she says.

“He’s adorable,” she gushes of her only child, who was born with Down syndrome and is now 35. “He lives with me, and he’s a wonderful artist. As a matter of fact, he now has an exhibit at …… Read more

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