Julie Adams, the gorgeous, leggy brunette with the cascading curls greatest remembered because the ‘Woman within the White One-Piece’ within the 1954 horror basic CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954), has died. She was 92.
Julie will all the time be greatest generally known as Kay Lawrence, the sweetness that the Gillman falls in love with the second he spies her swimming above him in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON (1954). Mimicking her actions within the water, the Creature performs a lustful underwater mating dance – he’s immediately beneath her however she’s unaware of his amorous overtures within the murky depths of the river. It’s a want most males (and monster youngsters) might relate to and Julie Adams is the actress who will all the time be fondly remembered because the ‘woman within the white one-piece’.
Born Betty Might Adams and raised close to Little Rock Arkansas, Julie was bit by the appearing bug early and moved to California to develop into an actress. She labored as a secretary to help herself and spent her free time taking speech classes and making the rounds on the numerous film studio casting departments. She started her movie profession in a collection of low-budget westerns starring James Ellison and Russell Hayden. She billed herself beneath her actual identify till she was signed by Common in 1949 the place she modified it to Julia, and ultimately the less-formal sounding Julie. Her breakthrough position was as the rich fiancee of newly blinded GI Arthur Kennedy in BRIGHT VICTORY in 1951. She adopted this up with main roles reverse James Stewart in BEND OF THE RIVER (1952), Robert Ryan in HORIZONS WEST (1952), Rock Hudson in THE LAWLESS BREED (1953) and Glenn Ford in MAN FROM THE ALAMO (1953). The position that may garner her cult film immortality was in fact because the imperiled–and fetchingly underclad—heroine in CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON. Julie Adams adopted this up with extra starring roles; FRANCIS JOINS THE WACS (1954), SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS with Tony Curtis (1956), and ONE DESIRE (1956). She minimize down on her movie appearances within the early 1960s to give attention to tv, a medium that permitted her to carry out for meatier appearing assignments. She acted in tons of of TV exhibits over the subsequent a number of many years, together with common elements in The Jimmy Stewart Present (as Stewart’s spouse), a recurring position on Homicide She Wrote, and all the best way as much as CSI, Chilly Case, and Misplaced. She nonetheless acted within the occasional theatrical movie together with TICKLE ME with Elvis Presley (1965), and THE LAST MOVIE, director Dennis Hopper’s 1971 follow-up to EASY RIDER.
Julie Adams was married to actor/director Ray Danton from 1955 to 1978 they usually labored collectively various occasions in movie and on tv. Their sons Steve and Mitch Danton have each labored behind the scenes within the movie enterprise for a few years.
In 2012, after quite a few requests from followers, Julie Adams, and with assist from her son Mitch, she wrote her autobiography. The Fortunate Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon covers her complete profession and is full of uncommon pictures of the actress from the films and tv exhibits she acted in. The guide is accessible from Julie Adam’s web site HERE and sells for $29.95, plus $three.00 for postage within the U.S., or $15 for Worldwide postage.
In 2012 Julie Adams was type sufficient to take the time to talk to We Are Film Geeks about her life, her profession, and that scaly inexperienced monster.
Julie in publicity photographs from THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON
Interview carried out by Tom Stockman March eighth, 2012
We Are Film Geeks: Greetings from St. Louis. Have you ever ever been to our metropolis earlier than?
Julie Adams: Sure, a few years in the past I carried out on the Barn Dinner Theater there.
WAMG: Oh, that place is lengthy gone.
JA: It was a while in the past. We had enjoyable there.
WAMG: I’d like to start out out asking some questions on THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON after which talk about different movies out of your profession. You didn’t do horror film conventions till 2002, what was it like attending your first con?
JA: I discovered it superb that folks have been nonetheless having fun with that film. It’s fairly previous. It was pretty. It was actually enjoyable.
WAMG: Horror followers are a particular breed. We grow to be just a little obsessive.
JA: I by no means thoughts obsessive. It’s very good when individuals have loved the films. That’s what we made them for
WAMG: Why do you assume THE CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON has endured and has attracted such rabid followers and does it shock you?
JA: I’m stunned actually, however I feel a lot of the credit score has to go to Jack Arnold our director and to the great script. It was simply properly achieved, however I’m stunned actually that has survived and that folks nonetheless take pleasure in it a lot. I’m delighted.
WAMG: Does it hassle you that CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON is what you’ll all the time be greatest recognized for.
JA: I’ve been in present enterprise a very long time and I determine no matter individuals love, then extra energy to it. Although so many concentrate on THE CREATURE, they’ve additionally seen BEND OF THE RIVER and different issues as nicely so no, I feel we’ve to take all of it with a grain of salt and a superb humorousness.
WAMG: Do you would like you had acted in additional monster films?
JA: No. I feel it’s fantastic that I did one that everyone loves a lot however that’s sufficient. I actually didn’t need to make that my entire profession.
WAMG: They’ve made Creature toys, however extra lately, they’ve made Julie Adams toys to go together with them, Do you personal these?
JA: I don’t assume I’ve these however I’ve signed a few of them.
WAMG: That white one piece swimming go well with is as iconic a bit of film wardrobe as Dorothy’s slippers or Travolta’s disco go well with – what occurred to that?
JA: Individuals ask me that always, however I say it has gone the best way of all latex. Lengthy since disintegrated by itself.
WAMG: I assume they weren’t very visionary in these days when it comes to maintaining that sort of stuff.
JA: Properly, who would have thought we’d even be speaking about this film all these years later. We didn’t know this stuff would grow to be iconic a few years later. We simply made a film.
WAMG: The Eel costume (an early model of the Creature costume featured in photographs in Julie’s e-book) was fascinating – it seems to be like an unfinished model of the Creature.
JA: I feel they experimented for some time till they got here up with one thing everybody appreciated. That one type of seemed like an eel, very clean and so forth. They examined them for various seems after which they selected the proper one.
WAMG: You write that they shut down manufacturing for a few weeks to revamp the Creature. What was it like once they unveiled the ultimate Creature costume?
JA: Oh, it was an actual shock once we noticed the Creature. And you may see from the photographs within the e-book that I look a bit awestruck, sort of bowled over once I noticed it at first. I assumed it was fairly fantastic, extraordinary, and slightly scary which in fact is strictly what’s was alleged to be.
WAMG: The place have been the underwater scenes filmed?
JA: That was all filmed in Florida at Wakulla Springs. I by no means obtained to be there in the course of the capturing however I went there later to advertise the film.
WAMG: Why did they use a physique double for a number of the swimming photographs? Was that a skilled swimmer?
JA: Sure, that was Ginger Stanley. She was simply fantastic. She and Ricou Browning (who wore the Creature go well with within the underwater sequences) have been each a part of water exhibits in southern California and Florida they usually have been each simply unimaginable swimmers in fact.
WAMG: You point out you have been associates with Lori Nelson, who starred in REVENGE OF THE CREATURE. Have you ever appeared at conventions together with her?
JA: Sure, at one. Lori was a superb good friend and we labored collectively on BEND OF THE RIVER and we have been all the time pals. Pretty individual.
WAMG: Have you learnt in case you have been ever thought-about by Common to star in any of the CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON sequels?
JA: Not that I do know of, no. And I feel it’s simply as properly. It makes our film stand out extra. It was the unique.
WAMG: What about Ben Chapman (who wore the Creature go well with within the out-of-water scenes) ? What sort of man was he?
JA: Ben was such a terrific man. He was an amazing pal, heat and humorous. I actually treasured him as a pal.
WAMG: Did you ever work with director Jack Arnold once more?
JA: No, that was the one time I labored with Jack however I loved it very a lot. He was very skilled and really expert. There was by no means any nonsense happening and he labored very exhausting. You all the time felt that you simply have been doing good work with him.
WAMG: In the event that they remade CREATURE FROM THE BLACK LAGOON would you wish to have a cameo?
JA: Oh, I don’t know if I need to seem all these years later to the followers. Let’s see the unique and see me as I used to be all these years in the past.
WAMG: I feel these followers would like to see you in it although, maybe in a walk-on or small half.
JA: Nicely, in the event that they ever did it they usually requested me, in fact I might say sure.
WAMG: Good. Sufficient concerning the Creature. Let’s speak a bit about journey from Little Rock Arkansas to Hollywood.
JA: I had my ‘Aunt Ruth’, she was actually my father’s first spouse who had all the time beloved him. She owned a showering go well with store in Lengthy Seashore and she or he outfitted women for bathing magnificence contests and the like. She received in contact with me in Arkansas and she or he knew that I had been in drama courses and she or he stated that if I ever needed a go at one thing within the films, I might exit to her and she or he’d assist me out. So I took her up on it. Once I got here to California, I got here first to Lengthy Seashore. A younger lady who labored together with her in her store had an appointment in Hollywood. Her identify was Valerie Sorelle and so I shared an condominium together with her. In order that was the connection.
WAMG: So lots of your early movies have been westerns. Why do you assume that was? Might you journey a horse?
JA: Sure, I’ve all the time beloved horses and again in Arkansas that they had horse exhibits at sure occasions of the yr at a park close to the place I lived and I used to be associates with a number of the individuals on the stables and I might experience the horses and was loopy about them, so I used to be already a reasonably good rider and I liked doing westerns.
WAMG: So it was a great match
JA: Sure, it was sort of a pure.
Julie with Kerwin Mathews is TARAWA BEACHEAD (1958) and with Van Heflin in WINGS OF THE HAWK (1953)
WAMG: Was it troublesome for an actress to get a contract with a studio like Common in these days. What was it like being underneath contract with Common.
JA: I assume it wasn’t terribly straightforward however I had been out to learn for Sophie Rosenstein who was the top of casting at Common for younger gamers. She appreciated me and she or he introduced me out to help in a display check. It wasn’t my display check, it was someone else. Then she turned the digital camera round and shot my a part of the check and from that, they introduced me out to learn for BRIGHT VICTORY with Arthur Kennedy. It was the story of a blinded veteran again from the warfare and I acquired the a part of his earlier girlfriend. It didn’t actually work out, however I obtained that half and it was a really good half in BRIGHT VICTORY from that. That they had an choice on the contract and Common picked up the choice and I used to be underneath contract which was pretty.
WAMG: Who have been a few of your favourite main males to work with?
JA: I feel I’ve to place James Stewart on the prime of the listing. BEND OF THE RIVER was certainly one of my first assignments and it was nice to work with such an exquisite display actor. I keep in mind watching him do a close-up, I used to be off-camera, I although how fantastic, he was not doing something however the whole lot was there in his face. Nice classes for a display actor. And naturally I set to work with Arthur Kennedy and Rock Hudson and I have been nice associates and we did a few films collectively. I used to be very lucky.
Julie with Richard Conte in HOLLYWOOD STORY (1951) and in PSYCHIC KILLER (1975)
WAMG: You costarred with Jimmy Stewart in a TV present a few many years later. Didn’t you play his spouse in that present?
JA: I did, I performed his spouse on The Jimmy Stewart Present.
WAMG: However he was at the very least twenty years older than you.
JA: That’s proper however I didn’t care and the viewers didn’t appear to care. I all the time stated my concept of heaven was going to work with Jimmy Stewart day by day for six months.
WAMG: Jimmy Stewart and Rock Hudson have been each tall males.
JA: Oh sure, Jimmy Stewart was about 6 foot three.
WAMG: Have been you tall? Did that play an element in why you have been forged with them?
JA: I used to be about 5′ 7″ which was about common so I don’t assume so.
Julie with Rock Hudson in ONE DESIRE (1953) and with John Wayne in McQ (1974)
WAMG: What about Tony Curtis? What was he like?
JA: Oh, Tony was nice enjoyable. We have been all the time good pals. I keep in mind a few years later in I used to be within the commissary at Common and Tony got here in after we’d labored on the film (SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS), he got here dashing in and gave me a hug. All the time a really charming fellow Tony, I favored him very a lot.
WAMG: Are you able to describe assembly Elvis for the primary time if you labored with him in TICKLE ME?
JA: It was not that troublesome as a result of I used to be not likely and Elvis Presley fan. I wasn’t in awe of him or something. I’m from the South so I felt very at residence with Elvis as a result of he was a very charming younger Southern gentleman. I type of knew his sort and I like him very a lot.
WAMG: What was it wish to work with him as an actor?
JA: Utterly skilled. All the time very ready. As I stated, such an enthralling fellow. There was one scene the place I used to be within the nightclub and we did a singing quantity. And I used to be in awe as a result of I watched him and he did it in a single take, strolling throughout and he was actually working to a playback however he he was good. That was superb. I loved working with him very very a lot. I used to be the “older” lady within the image. I feel I used to be about 35 then, and there have been as lot of younger women there and he despatched all of us flowers on the primary day of capturing. A stunning expertise.
WAMG: You married actor Ray Danton in 1955. What Hollywood couples did you and Ray Danton hang around with?
JA: I don’t know if we actually frolicked with different couples. I stayed buddies with Rock Hudson, and Sally Kellerman was a good friend and Bob Rafelson. I even knew Robert Blake and his household. Neville Model was a good friend.
WAMG: Did you ever work with or meet Charles Bronson?
JA: No. I by no means labored with him. I assumed he was excellent, however I by no means received an opportunity to work with him.
Julie with Elvis in TICKLE ME (1965) and with Dennis Hopper in THE LAST MOVIE (1971)
WAMG: You probably did a ton of TV work within the 60’s 70’s and 80’s. What have been a few of your favourite exhibits to work on?
JA: I labored with Chuck Conners on The Rifleman. It was one episode however it was going to be a recurring position however it didn’t work out due to my being pregnant. I liked engaged on Massive Valley. I set to work with Barbara Stanwyck which was simply incredible. I used to be so thrilled to be working with an enormous film star I had seen on the display again in Arkansas and she or he was such a fantastic individual in addition to being such a implausible actress. I performed a villainess and received to push her round. There was plenty of good tv work round in these days.
WAMG: What was it like on The Andy Griffith Present with Don Knotts.
JA: Properly that was nice enjoyable. A whole lot of laughs. Andy Griffith was from the south so I felt proper at residence with him and Don Knotts was only a actually humorous pleasant man so I had a good time engaged on that present.
WAMG: I lately learn a biography of Dennis Hopper and your recollection of engaged on the LAST MOVIE could be very totally different from what’s described in that e-book. The e-book paints the making of that movie as a drug-addled bacchanalia however you describe it a lot in another way.
JA: I keep in mind arriving in Peru to movie that and visiting the set to see what everybody was doing they usually have been improvising so much. I assumed that was okay and I might do this. I had a enjoyable time. It was very unfastened and I had a very enjoyable character to play. She was very attractive and I often didn’t get to play that sort of half. I appreciated Dennis. He labored very exhausting. There was all that stuff about all types of loopy issues happening in Peru however I by no means noticed Dennis being loopy or excessive on one thing. What he did after work, I do not know.
WAMG: What impressed you to write down your memoirs?
JA: I had been at a screening on the Egyptian Theater of SIX BRIDGES TO CROSS and my son Mitch and I got here out of the theater and there was a fan there who requested if I had a guide. Mitch and I checked out one another and an concept was born.
WAMG: What’s subsequent for Julie Adams?
JA: I don’t actually know. I’m on the stage the place if I’m working, that’s advantageous, but when I’m not, it’s good to not need to be someplace at 6:30 am. I’ve obtained four or 5 conventions lined up that I’ll be attending. There’s an enormous curiosity within the ebook and individuals are inviting me in all places.
WAMG: The ebook is terrific and the photographs in it are fantastic. Good luck with the ebook and thanks for taking the time to speak to We Are Film Geeks.
JA: You’re so welcome.
Julie Adams, nonetheless lovely at this time
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