Wilson, whose Broadway career began with Three to Make Ready in 1946, joined the casts of classic musicals like Kismet and The Pajama Game. Her last Broadway appearance was as a cabaret singer in Legs Diamond (1988); she earned a Tony nomination for that performance.
In her announcement on Facebook, Callaway wrote, "When I came to NY to pursue my dreams, Julie was one of the first people who welcomed, encouraged and inspired me. I loved her contrasts- she was pure glamour when she stepped on a stage and sang great songs with wry wisdom and humor and when she was done, she'd put on her Reboks and fold her gown in a shopping bag and call it a night. She may have left Omaha but Omaha never left her. Always down to earth, she balanced to perfect proportion, lady and broad, and a conversation with her always involved much laughter. I know of almost no other singer who was as generous to other singers as Julie, attending shows of so many of us starting out through the years and always with such love and enthusiasm. Singer, actress, mother and shining light, you will be dearly missed by all of us lucky enough to know you, Julie."
Ms. Wilson also toured in productions of Show Boat, Panama Hattie, Silk Stockings, Follies, Company and A Little Night Music, and her West End credits included Kiss Me, Kate; South Pacific; and Bells Are Ringing. In the past few decades Wilson became one of the most respected and critically acclaimed artists on the cabaret scene. Her recordings are numerous and included "My Old Flame," "Live From the Russian Tea Room" and "Julie Wilson at the St. Regis," among others.
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