Julie Adams (born Betty May Adams; October 17, 1926) is an American film and television actress, sometimes credited as Julia Adams or Betty Adams.
Life and career
A part-time secretary and actress raised in Arkansas, she began her film career in B-movie westerns.
She used her real name, Betty Adams, until 1949 when she began working for Universal Pictures. She then became Julia and eventually Julie Adams. Her first movie role was a minor part in Red, Hot and Blue (1949), followed by a leading role in the Lippert western The Dalton Gang (1949). Adams was featured as the bathing beauty Kay Lawrence in 1954's Creature from the Black Lagoon. She appeared in the musical comedy Tickle Me starring Elvis Presley in 1965.
Later in her career she played guest starring roles for television, including Maverick (1960 episode: "The White Widow" with Jack Kelly), The Man and the Challenge, and as real estate agent "Eve Simpson" on Murder, She Wrote.
Adams has authored a book on her life, "The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From The Black Lagoon" which was published in 2011 and is currently available via her website.
She also continues to make guest appearances to meet her fans and to sign autographs; her next scheduled event is at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention (www.comicbookscifi.com) on August 19th, 2012. She attended the same convention in May of 2012. Julie will also be appearing at The Hollywood Show: Chicago (Rosemont, IL) September 7th-9th, 2012.
In 2012, Julie won the Rondo Award for the Monster Kid Hall of Fame at the annual Wonderfest in Louisville, Kentucky.
Julie Adams was married to screenwriter Leonard Stern from 1951 to 1953. She then married actor/director Ray Danton from 1954 until 1981; they had two sons: Steven Danton, an assistant director, and Mitchell Danton, an editor.
Photograph hand color tinted by artist, Margaret A. Rogers.