Sorry to hear that Julie Adams has passed away at the age of 92.
Born Betty Adams in Waterloo, Iowa, Julie’s film career started inauspiciously in 7 quickie westerns from Lippert Pictures, and using her own name.
A seven year contract with Universal came with a new name, Julia Adams.
In her first film for Universal, Julia costarred with Richard Conte in an interesting film , HOLLYWOOD STORY which was set in a Hollywood studio, with Julia as the daughter of a silent film star.
Interviewed by Alan Rode after a screening of the film in 2010, Julie said, “Richard Conte was such a charming man, a very fine actor.”
Julie became a favourite in 50s westerns . The Treasure of Lost Canyon gave her a chance to work with William Powell.
Julie and Rock Hudson were costarred several times including The Lawless Breed. Julie described Rock as a very dear friend.
When Julie told Universal she preferred Julie to Julia, they agreed to the name change.
The film Julie was most asked about in her many appearances at film conventions was CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.
She said, “It is amazing the life of this movie. It’s a classic beauty and the beast story, with stunning underwater photography. Some projects take on a life of their own. The creature still walks among us!”
With Richard Carlson.
As a Mexican revolutionary (!) in WINGS OF THE HAWK.
My favourite film of Julie’s , BEND OF THE RIVER.
Julie often talked about her delight about working again with James Stewart on TV’s “The Jimmy Stewart Show” In 1971/72. She played his wife in the show which ran for 24 episodes.
With Glenn Ford in THE MAN FROM THE ALAMO.
Julie occasionally was cast in non-westerns.
When her Universal contract was over, Julie’s work was mainly on television. She appeared in so many TV shows of the 60s and 70s. Marcus Welby, The Big Valley, Rifleman, Maverick, just a few of the shows she appeared in.
Julie was married to Ray Danton from 1955 to 1981. With one of her sons, Mitchell Danton, she brought out her autobiography in 2011, THE LUCKY SOUTHERN STAR, REFLECTIONS FROM THE BLACK LAGOON.
Several interviews with Julie can be found on You Tube. And Laura at http://laurasmiscmusings.blogspot.com has written several times about meeting Julie.