Julie Strain, who famously earned the title as the “Queen of the B Movies” is alive and is not dead, despite reports to the contrary on January 12. Heavy initially reported on Strain’s death after Malibu Bay Films wrote on Facebook and Instagram that she had died and The Hollywood Reporter said it had confirmed her death. The Hollywood Reporter has retracted its story.
Strain is 57 and has been battling dementia for several years. Her family took to Facebook to correct the false reports about the actress’s death. Her boyfriend, who runs her social media accounts, wrote on Facebook, “I just tucked Julie in for the night. She is very comfortable and doing very well (considering her late-term dementia continues to take its toll). I promise that if anything serious was to happen I would post immediately. Thank you so much for your concern. Julie just fell asleep for the night.”
Ty Nychele Mannlein wrote on Facebook, “To everyone who is saying that my Aunt Julie Strain is dead, please be informed it’s not true and please stop spreading this terrible rumor. I have had a whirlwind of emotions from being sad and grieving to being confused to why I had to find out over social media. Now I’m even more confused to the cruel person who started this terrible rumor. I love you Aunt Julie ❤️”
The film distribution company initially shared the following tribute online to the actress who appeared in over 100 films during her career:
“We are so heartbroken over yesterday’s passing of our beloved Lethal Lady #juliestrain ? She will forever remain in our hearts and on our screens as the mesmerizingly talented, contagiously kind, and incredibly powerful actress and heroine. May she Rest In Peace. Sending all our love & prayers to her family, especially to her partner Dave.”
The post has now been edited and says, “The information we received from a trusted source of the community on the status of MBF Icon #juliestrain was found to be FALSE! ? We deeply apologize for needlessly upsetting anyone as well as ourselves! We have asked THR for a retraction as well. Thank you & God Bless Julie & family.”
Strain, a former Penthouse Pet, and author of the memoir Six Foot One and Worth the Climb, began suffering from early-onset dementia after she fell off a horse in her 20s. The head injury was so severe that it wiped out all her memories as a teenager, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It took her a month merely to re-learn the alphabet. The fall also broke her neck.
Her boyfriend, Dave, previously updated fans on her failing health via Facebook last year. He opened up about the hardships of dementia, how grateful Strain was for her fans online, and wanted to squash false rumors flying around about his beloved girlfriend.
On July 16, 2018, Dave wrote, “Dementia is an unpredictable disease. I knew very little about this illness until Julie was struck down by it. There are times when her condition has scared me to death. Other times I am hopeful… As with any disease, we are to some degree helpless. The fact that we have the disease cannot be changed. How we deal with it is something we do have some control over (emotions are hard to control). And how we deal with the disease is a great deal related to the people that support us. You, Julie’s friends and loved ones are absolutely the best.”
“Julie continues to be funny and entertaining at times. Other times she is in complete confusion and requires medicine,” Dave continued.
“There are behavioral patterns, but they are not fixed patterns. My job is to keep Julie happy and comfortable and seek out any way possible to help her. Brain injuries are NOT good, and we are learning more about their impact as we read of athletes experiencing mental problems later in life: mostly football players and boxers specifically. If there was a cure to this disease, I’m sure Muhammad Ali and Ronald Reagan would have been with us much longer to provided us with good advice on how to help one another.”
Strain’s sister Lizzie Strain, is also a B-movie actress.
Fellow Actors & Fans Expressed Relief That She Is Alive
Born on February 18, 1961, the 6’1″ femme fatale grew up in Concord, California, and graduated from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, according to her Facebook page. After recovering from her head injury, she was discovered by a talent agent while in Vegas and started working in films and modeling for the sci-fi fantasy magazine, Heavy Metal, her biography says. Strain was briefly married to the magazine’s editor, Kevin Eastman, who’s the co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but they divorced in 2007.
With an IMDB profile that reads like a book, Strain not only starred in a slew of B-movies throughout her decades in the industry, such as Barbarellas, .com for Murder, Sex Court: The Movie, and The Bare Wench Project series, Strain also made her way into mainstream films.
Strain played Annihilator Girl in Beverly Hills Cop III, a dominatrix in Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.
After word spread that Strain is still alive, fans and fellow actors and actresses expressed relief on social media. Devin Devasquez wrote on Facebook, “I just spoke with Julie Strain’s boyfriend Dave, she’s NOT dead, but it is very sad and difficult to watch her declining.”