Julie Adams

Intro American actress
A.K.A. Julia Adams, Betty Adams, Betty May Adams
Was Actor Television actor Film actor Celebrity
From United States of America
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 17 October 1926, Waterloo, USA
Death 3 February 2019, Los Angeles, USA (aged 92 years)
Star sign Libra

Julie Adams (born Betty May Adams; October 17, 1926 – February 3, 2019) was an American actress, primarily known for her numerous television guest roles. She starred in a number of films in the 1950s, including Bend of the River (1952) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). She was also known for her small screen role as Paula Denning on the 1980s soap opera Capitol and recurring role of Eve Simpson on Murder, She Wrote.

Early years

Julie Adams was born as Betty May Adams on October 17, 1926 in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Arkansas-born parents Esther Gertrude (Beckett) and Ralph Adams, who was a cotton buyer. Her family moved a great deal; the longest she lived in one town was eight years in Blytheville, Arkansas. In 1946, at the age of 19, she was crowned "Miss Little Rock" and then moved to Hollywood, California to pursue her acting career. Adams worked as a part-time secretary and began her film career in B movie westerns.


Julie Adams and Jack Kelly in Maverick


She used her real name until 1949, when she began working for Universal-International, the same studio where she met future stars such as James Best, Piper Laurie, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis. She then became "Julia" and eventually "Julie". In 1954, she explained the latter change, "The studio picked Julia, but I never have felt comfortable with it. I just like the name Julie better, and the studio has given me permission to make the change." 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 the science-fiction film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Adams co-starred in 1950s films opposite some of Hollywood's top leading men, including with James Stewart in 1952's Bend of the River, with Rock Hudson in The Lawless Breed (1953) and One Desire (1955), with Tyrone Power in The Mississippi Gambler (1953), with Glenn Ford in The Man from the Alamo (1953), with Charlton Heston in The Private War of Major Benson (1955), with Dan Duryea in Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957) and with Joel McCrea in The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959). Adams co-starred with Rory Calhoun, known for his role in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953), in the film The Looters (1955), the story of a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains. Part of the picture was filmed about Tarryall Creek at what is now Eleven Mile State Park in Park County in central Colorado. The advertising poster reads: "Five desperate men … and a girl who didn't care … trapped on a mountain of gale-lashed rock!" Adams also starred in 1957's Four Girls in Town, a romantic comedy about four young women competing for the leading role in a new movie, featuring an international cast. She appeared with Elvis Presley in the musical-comedy Tickle Me (1965). Adams thought highly of her co-star, noting: "Despite his status as a superstar singer and stage performer, Elvis took his acting very seriously. He was always prepared, and did a good job in the roles he was given. When he did his musical numbers in Tickle Me, sometimes walking from table to table in a nightclub set, he did them perfectly in one take."


On television, Adams appeared on The Andy Griffith Show portraying Mary Simpson, a county nurse and romantic interest of Sheriff Andy Taylor in a 1962 episode. She also made four guest appearances on Perry Mason; the most memorable was the 1963 episode, "The Case of the Deadly Verdict," when she played Janice Barton, Mason's only convicted client during the show's nine-year run on CBS. The Case Of Lovers Leap” 4/4/1963. In 1964, she played Janice Blake in "The Case of the Missing Button". In 1965, she played the role of defendant Pat Kean in "The Case of the Fatal Fortune." Adams appeared on The Rifleman as a dubious vixen and romantic interest of lead character Chuck Connors. She guest-starred in five episodes of 77 Sunset Strip, on Alfred Hitchcock Presents three times, and on Maverick twice. More guest-star roles in popular television series followed, including McMillan & Wife, Police Woman, The Streets of San Francisco, The Incredible Hulk, Cannon, Quincy, M.E., and Cagney & Lacey. Adams co-starred with James Stewart in The Jimmy Stewart Show on NBC in 1971-1972. Stewart played a professor, and Adams played his wife. She was cast in the recurring role of real estate agent Eve Simpson for ten episodes of CBS's Murder, She Wrote.


Adams, along with her son, Mitchell, authored a book on her life and career, The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections From The Black Lagoon, which was published in 2011. A limited test print run of 100 copies with an interview DVD of the audio book version was completed. Her son served as producer.


Adams joined three other cast members from Creature from the Black Lagoon for a 50th anniversary celebration of the film at Creaturefest in November 2003. The festival was held at Wakulla Springs, just south of Tallahassee, Florida, where underwater scenes were filmed in 1953. In August 2012, she was a guest of honor at the Los Angeles Comic Book and Science Fiction Convention held at the Shrine Auditorium. (She attended the same convention in May 2012.) She also appeared at the CineCon Classic Film Festival on August 31, 2012 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel. She was a scheduled guest at The Hollywood Show in Chicago from September 7–9, 2012. An additional book signing was held at Century Books in Pasadena, California, on September 20, 2012. On October 13, 2012, she was back in Berwyn, Illinois for a book signing party. In October 2012, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences selected Creature from the Black Lagoon as one of 13 classic horror films to screen to honor the 100th anniversary of Universal Pictures. The film was shown (in 3D format) on October 16 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California. After the screening, Adams appeared on stage for a Q&A session where she shared personal memories of her role in the film, as well as several other career projects on which she had worked.

Personal life

Adams was married to screenwriter Leonard B. Stern from 1950/1951 to 1953. She was then married to actor-director Ray Danton from 1954/55 until their divorce in 1981. They had two sons: Steven Danton (b. 1956), an assistant director, and Mitchell Danton (b. 1962), an editor. Adams died on February 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, California, aged 92. She is survived by her two sons. Her remains are buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Malvern, Arkansas.


In 1999, Adams received a Golden Boot award for her work in Westerns. She was inducted into the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame in 2000. At CineCon in 2011, Adams was honored with a Film Career Achievement Award. In 2012, she won the Rondo Award for the Monster Kid Hall of Fame at the annual Wonderfest in Louisville, Kentucky.

Selected filmography

Your Show Time (1949, TV Series) …. (as Betty Adams) Red, Hot and Blue (1949) …. Starlet (uncredited) The Dalton Gang (1949) …. Polly Medford Hostile Country (1950) …. Ann Green Marshal of Heldorado (1950) …. Ann (as Betty Adams) Crooked River (1950) …. Ann Hayden (as Betty Adams) Colorado Ranger (1950) …. Ann (as Betty Adams) West of the Brazos (1950) …. Ann Greene Fast on the Draw (1950) …. Ann For Heaven's Sake (1950) …. Joe's Mother (scenes deleted) Bright Victory (1951) …. Chris Paterson (as Julia Adams) Hollywood Story (1951) …. Sally Rousseau / Amanda Rousseau (as Julia Adams) Finders Keepers (1951) …. Sue Kipps Bend of the River (1952) …. Laura Baile (as Julia Adams) The Treasure of Lost Canyon (1952) …. Myra Wade (as Julia Adams) Horizons West (1952) …. Lorna Hardin (as Julia Adams) The Lawless Breed (1952) …. Rosie McCoy (as Julia Adams) The Mississippi Gambler (1953) …. Ann Conant (as Julia Adams) The Man from the Alamo (1953) …. Beth Anders (as Julia Adams) The Stand at Apache River (1953) …. Valerie Kendrick Wings of the Hawk (1953) …. Raquel Noriega (as Julia Adams) Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) …. Kay Lawrence (credited as Julia Adams) Francis Joins the WACS (1954) …. Capt. Jane Parker Six Bridges to Cross (1955) …. Ellen Gallagher The Looters (1955) …. Sheryl Gregory (as Julie Adams) One Desire (1955) …. Judith Watrous (credited as Julia Adams) Lux Video Theatre (1955-1957, TV Series) …. Catherine / Henrietta Smith / Jane The Private War of Major Benson (1956) …. Dr. Kay Lambert Studio One (1956, TV Series) …. Anne Away All Boats (1956) …. Nadine MacDougall Four Girls in Town (1957) …. Kathy Conway Slaughter on Tenth Avenue (1957) …. Daisy 'Dee' Pauley Climax! (1957, TV Series) …. Coleen Slim Carter (1957) …. Clover Doyle Playhouse 90 (1958, TV Series) …. Janice Ohringer Yancy Derringer (1958) …. Amanda Eaton Tarawa Beachhead (1958) …. Ruth Campbell Zane Grey Theatre (1958, TV Series) …. Julie Brand Goodyear Theatre (1958-1960, TV Series) …. Betty Fordham / Marion Ewell Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958-1961, TV Series) …. Phyllis Kendall / Peg Valence / Carol Longsworth Letter to Loretta (1958, TV Series) …. Milly / Paula McGill Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond (1959, TV Series) …. Helen Archer The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959) …. Pauline Howard The Man and the Challenge (1959, TV Series) …. Linda Webb The Alaskans (1959, TV Series) …. Clara Maverick (1959-1960, TV Series) …. Wilma White / Belle Morgan 77 Sunset Strip (1959-1964, TV Series) …. Anne Kenzie / Norma Kellogg / Miriam Galbraith / Marie La Shelle / Margot Wendice Cheyenne (1960, TV Series) …. Irene Travers The Rifleman (1960, TV Series) …. Nora Sanford Tate (1960, TV Series) …. Mary Hardin Raymie (1960) …. Helen Markham (1960, TV Series) …. Stacey Winters Wrangler (1960, TV Series) …. Eve Browning Michael Shayne (1960, TV Series) …. Beatrice Drake Hawaiian Eye (1960-1961, TV Series) …. Gloria Matthews / Sara Crane Checkmate (1960-1962, TV Series) …. Jean Damion / Janet Evans Bonanza (1961, Episode: "The Courtship") …. Helen Layton Outlaws (1961, TV Series) …. Juill Ramsur Surfside 6 (1961, TV Series) …. Julie Owens / Merilee Williams The Andy Griffith Show (1962, TV Series) …. Mary Simpson The Dick Powell Show (1962, TV Series) …. Robin Dr. Kildare (1962, TV Series) …. Ginny Nelson The Underwater City (1962) …. Monica Powers The Gallant Men (1963, TV Series) …. Capt. Meg Thorpe Arrest and Trial (1963, TV Series) …. Eleanor Perry Mason (1963, TV Series) …. Patricia L. Kean / Janice Blake / Janice Barton / Valerie Comstock Kraft Suspense Theatre (1964-1965, TV Series) …. Joanne Clay / Ellen Yarnell Tickle Me (1965) …. Vera Radford Twelve O'Clock High (1965, TV Series) …. Lt. Betty Russo Burke's Law (1965, TV Series) …. Carla Cabrial The Long, Hot Summer (1965, TV Series) …. Leona Mills The Virginian (1966, TV Series) …. Marian Clay The Big Valley (1966-1967, TV Series) …. Janet Masters / Edna Wesley The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1967, TV Series) …. Julia Douglas Mannix (1967-1973, TV Series) …. Edie Reynolds Ironside (1968, TV Series) …. Norma Howard The Outsider (1968, TV Series) …. Laura Carlvic The Mod Squad (1968-1973, TV Series) …. Nancy Ryan / Samantha Semple My Friend Tony (1969, TV Series) General Hospital (1969, TV Series) …. Denise Wilton The F.B.I. (1969, TV Series) …. Denise Kriton The Doris Day Show (1969-1972, TV Series) …. Louise Rusk / Karen Carruthers Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969-1975, TV Series) …. Lee Morgan / Claire Berwick Dan August (1970, TV Series) …. Patricia Fairley The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (1970-1971, TV Series) …. Lynn Craig The Young Lawyers (1971, TV Series) …. Alice Graham The Last Movie (1971) …. Mrs. Anderson The Trackers (1971, TV Movie) …. Dora Paxton The Jimmy Stewart Show (1971-1972, TV Series) …. Martha Howard Night Gallery (1972, TV Series) …. Gay Melcor (segment "The Miracle at Camafeo") Cannon (1972-1975, TV Series) Go Ask Alice (1973, TV Movie) …. Dorothy Search (1973, TV Series) …. Jeanette Lewis McQ (1974) …. Elaine Lucas Tanner (1974, TV Series) …. Mrs. Walker Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1975, TV Series) …. Mrs. Avery Walker Caribe (1975, TV Series) …. Mrs. Bladell The Streets of San Francisco (1975, TV Series) …. Judith The Wild McCullochs (1975) …. Hannah McCulloch Ellery Queen (1975, TV Series) …. Jennifer Packard Psychic Killer (1975) …. Dr. Laura Scott Medical Center (1976, TV Series) …. Ellie Wilke Six Characters in Search of an Author (1976, TV Movie) …. The Mother The Killer Inside Me (1976) ….. Mother McMillan & Wife (1977, TV Series) …. Dorothy Wininger This Is the Life (1977, TV Series) Quincy, M.E. (1977-1982, TV Series) …. Dr. Chris Winston / Sharon Ross / Mrs. Daniels Police Woman (1978, TV Series) …. Eleanor Simpson Goodbye, Franklin High (1978) …. Janice Armer The Runaways (1978) …. Mother The Incredible Hulk (1978, TV Series) …. Ellen The Fifth Floor (1978) …. Nurse Hannelord Trapper John, M.D. (1980, TV Series) …. Lorrie Malcolm Vega$ (1981, TV Series) …. Margaret Sorenson Code Red (1981-1982, TV Series) …. Ann Rorchek Too Close for Comfort (1981-1984, TV Series) …. Sylvia Walker Cagney & Lacey (1982, TV Series) … Helen Granger Capitol (1984-1986, TV Series) …. Paula Denning Champions (1984) …. Emma Hussey Murder, She Wrote (1987-1993, TV Series) …. Eve Simpson Black Roses (1988) …. Mrs. Miller Catchfire (1990) …. Martha Beverly Hills, 90210 (1993, TV Series) …. Grandma Beevis Diagnosis: Murder (1997, TV Series) …. Edie Reynolds Fallon Melrose Place (1999, TV Series) …. Mrs. Damarr Sliders (1999, TV Series) …. Old Maggie Beckett Family Law (2000, TV Series) …. Bonnie Cold Case (2006, TV Series) …. Dottie Mills World Trade Center (2006) …. Allison's Grandmother Lost (2006, Episode: "A Tale of Two Cities") …. Amelia CSI: NY (2007, TV Series) …. Betty Willens Carnage (2011) …. Secretary (voice)

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