Julie Adams, the actress best-known for playing the bathing damsel in distress in 1954's monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon passed away on Sunday, February 3rd in Los Angeles. She was 92-years old. Adams' official website made the announcement. She was a leading lady in the 1950s for Universal and appeared in many of their projects over the years and continued to work for six decades. While she is arguably best-known for the horror classic Creature From the Black Lagoon, she had a number of notable roles.
Julie Adams was born as Betty May Adams on October 17th, 1926 in Waterloo, Iowa. Her family moved around a lot when she was a child, but she spent 8 years in Arkansas, which is the longest that her family ever stayed in one place. In 1946, at the age of 19, Adams was crowned Little Miss Arkansas and later moved out to Hollywood to start an acting career. Upon arrival, she decided that she needed a name change.
The studio chose the name Julia Adams, which she used for the first few years of her career and later changed it to Julie Andrews because she liked the way that it sounded better than Julia. While Creature From the Black Lagoon is what the actress is arguably best-known for, she also starred with Donald O'Connor in Francis Joins the WACS (1954), with Elvis Presley in Tickle Me (1965), with Dennis Hopper in The Last Movie (1971), and with John Wayne in McQ (1974). When asked about Creature From the Black Lagoon later in her career, she had this to say.
"I think the best thing about the picture is that we do feel for the creature. We feel for him and his predicament."
Julie Adams also appeared on Murder, She Wrote with Angela Lansbury in the 1980s and early 90s as the eccentric Eve Simpson. Before that, Adams appeared in episodes of Perry Mason and Quincy, while also played Jimmy Stewart's wife on The Jimmy Stewart Show. Adams appeared in The Andy Griffith Show as Mary Simpson and took roles on Cagney and Lacey and even had a role in the original The Incredible Hulk television series.
After a long career, Julie Adams wrote a book about her life titled The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From The Black Lagoon, which was published in 2011. Guillermo del Toro paid tribute to Adams late Sunday night on social media by saying, "I mourn Julie Adams passing. It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim." It is a sad day for horror and monster fans all over the world, but her performances will live on forever. Adams is survived by her two sons, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. The news was first announced by the Julie Adams website. Rest In Peace, Julie Adams.
I mourn Julie Adams passing. It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim. https://t.co/yYGWR1oDyH— Guillermo del Toro (@RealGDT) February 4, 2019
Julie Adams has returned to the Black Lagoon. The scene of you swimming while The Creature mirrored your moves underwater is every awkward heart yearning for someone in the sunshine to reach down and just see them. Iconic forever. #RIPJulieAdams— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) February 4, 2019
RIP Julie Adams (1926-2019), 92. Veteran actress of film and television. Best known for her swimsuit-clad role in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). But seen here, she also gave a memorable performance as a ghost in the "One Step Beyond" episode "Epilogue" (1959). #JulieAdamspic.twitter.com/o8BTQOGUrK— James A. Conrad (@James_A_Conrad) February 4, 2019
"Creature from the Black Lagoon" remains to be my all time favorite Universal monster movie and some of the best scenes come from Julie Adams and the Gillman, especially the famous underwater scene. Thank you for such a classic Julie. #RIPJulieAdamspic.twitter.com/imEUV5ZNnT— Anthony Morataya (@AnthonyMoratay1) February 4, 2019