Actress Julie Adams (b. Betty May Adams, Oct. 17, 1926) passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019, in Los Angeles, at the age of 92.
After being crowned Miss Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1946, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Ms. Adams started working in movies in 1949. Eventually, she appeared in over 50 films with some of Hollywood’s greatest stars including Charlton Heston, Glenn Ford, Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, and Elvis Presley.
She also appeared in over 90 television series including “The Rifleman,” “Bonanza” “Perry Mason,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” “Mannix,” “Marcus Welby, M.D.,” “Capitol,” and “Murder, She Wrote.”
In recent years Ms. Adams, appeared in episodes of “Family Law,” “Cold Case,” and her last credit, a 2010 episode of “CSI New York.”
In spite of her long and exceptionally varied career she is best remembered for her role as Kay Lawrence in the low budget cult classic Creature From the Black Lagoon, ‘54 where she is billed as Julia Adams. Later that year she settled on Julie.
The storyline follows the King Kong-Fay Wray paradigm where the creature falls tragically in love with the beauty.
In an interview with the film historian Tom Weaver in 1991, Ms. Adams said, “No matter what you do, you can act your heart out, but people will always say, ‘Oh, Julie Adams — Creature From the Black Lagoon.’ ”
In 2011 she published an autobiography, “The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From the Black Lagoon,” written with her son Mitchell Danton.