'Creature From The Black Lagoon' Star Julie Adams Passes Away At 92
February 6, 2019 11:21 By Fabiosa
As time passes, we have to say goodbye to some of our favorite stars. Just this year, we lost Louisa Moritz, Kaye Ballard, Pegi Young, Carol Channing, and Verna Bloom. Another great star, Julie Adams, went out on Sunday.
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Adams passed away on February 3, in her home in Los Angeles. She was 92.
Julie Adams: highlights
The actress was born as Betty May Adams (she later changed her name) in 1926, in Watreloo, Iowa. Determined to make a career in acting, she worked as a secretary to make a living, taking acting lessons and going to auditions in the meantime.
Adams got her first screen role in Red, Hot and Blue (1949), and the role that made her a star came a few years later. Many of us will remember her as Kay Lawrence in the iconic monster film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
She later starred opposite Elvis Presley in Tickle Me (1965) and had smaller roles in The Last Movie (1971) and McQ (1974).
Adams will also be remembered for her numerous appearances on TV shows, including Perry Mason, Code Red, and Murder, She Wrote.
Tributes to Adams
Filmmakers, film critics, and many of those who knew the actress personally took to social media and wrote touching tributes in her memory and expressed condolences. Here are some of them from Twitter:
RIP Julie Adams. I worked with Julie on a Halloween episode of "CSI: NY" and was thrilled to find her just as warm and sweet and talented as I expected. She was an awfully good actress. If there are any doubts, see her memorable part in Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie!" pic.twitter.com/k7QemP4Z9k— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) February 4, 2019
Black Lagoon survivor Julie Adams has passed at 92. Condolences to her family, friends and legions of fans. pic.twitter.com/1kx3l39UYj— Marshall Julius (@MarshallJulius) February 4, 2019
Rip Julie Adams who had a long and varied career. Mostly I’ll remember you for this... pic.twitter.com/28tja9fqoc— Barbara Crampton (@barbaracrampton) February 4, 2019
I am deeply heartbroken at hearing of the passing of Julie Adams. She was the iconic beauty to the titular beast in my second favorite Universal classic Monster movie: Creature from the Black Lagoon. That's two horror legends we've lost this week. 😭😭 #ripjulieadams pic.twitter.com/7h2OHiUn63— Giovanni Deldio (@MasterGio) 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
Rest in peace, Ms. Adams!