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Also Known As: Betty Adams, Julia Adams, Betty May Adams, Betty Adams, Julia Adams Died:
Born: October 17, 1926 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Waterloo, Iowa, USA Profession: actor, dialog coach, secretary

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For generations of moviegoers, the name Julie Adams conjured up an arresting black-and-white image of the actress swimming gracefully through the murky waters of the Amazon - actually, Wakulla Springs in Florida - while the Gill-Man, the scaly man-fish monster in "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), glided below her, captivated by her presence in his environment. The film, one of the greatest titles in science fiction history, came to encapsulate Adams' career, though she had been an in-demand actress, most notably in Westerns, since the late 1940s. Despite its popularity, "Creature" did little for her film career, but she became one of the most recognizable faces on television, providing poised, highly professional guest turns on series from the early 1960s through the first decade of the 21st century. If she bore any ill will towards her "Creature" typecasting, Adams did not show it, as the title of her 2011 autobiography, The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon, clearly illustrated. If never a household name, Julie Adams enjoyed both exceptional career longevity and the lasting fame afforded to a cult icon.

For generations of moviegoers, the name Julie Adams conjured up an arresting black-and-white image of the actress swimming gracefully through the murky waters of the Amazon - actually, Wakulla Springs in Florida - while the Gill-Man, the scaly man-fish monster in "Creature from the Black Lagoon" (1954), glided below her, captivated by her presence in his environment. The film, one of the greatest titles in science fiction history, came to encapsulate Adams' career, though she had been an in-demand actress, most notably in Westerns, since the late 1940s. Despite its popularity, "Creature" did little for her film career, but she became one of the most recognizable faces on television, providing poised, highly professional guest turns on series from the early 1960s through the first decade of the 21st century. If she bore any ill will towards her "Creature" typecasting, Adams did not show it, as the title of her 2011 autobiography, The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon, clearly illustrated. If never a household name, Julie Adams enjoyed both exceptional career longevity and the lasting fame afforded to a cult icon.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Manson (1973) Assistant Director

CAST: (feature film)

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2.
 Conviction of Kitty Dodds, The (1993) Margaret
3.
 Backtrack (1990) Martha
4.
 Champions (1983) Emma Hussey
5.
 Code Red (1981) Ann Rorchek
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 Fifth Floor, The (1979) Nurse
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 Killer Inside Me, The (1976) Mother
9.
 Psychic Killer (1975) Laura
10.
 McCullochs, The (1975) Hannah Mcculloch
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Milestones close milestones

1949:
Film acting debut, "Red, Hot and Blue"
1951:
Had second lead in "Bright Victory"
1955:
TV acting debut, "Appointment with Love" on "The Lux Video Theater"
1959:
Co-starred on TV series, "Yancy Derringer"
1960:
Stage debut starring in "Dear Sir" in summer stock in Redding, CA
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Featured on the daytime series, "General Hospital"
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Played Martha Howard on the NBC sitcom, "The Jimmy Stewart Show"
1975:
Directed by then-husband Ray Danton in "Psychic Killer"
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Played Ann Rorchek on the ABC adventure series, "Code Red"
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Appeared on the CBS soap "Capitol"
1983:
Last film appearance to date, "Champions"
1984:
First screen credit as dialogue coach, "The River"
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Worked exclusively as a dialogue coach throughout the 1980s and 1990s
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Had recurring role of Eve Simpson on the CBS drama "Murder, She Wrote"
1993:
Played recurring role on "Beverly Hills, 90210" (Fox)
1993:
Acted in the TV-movie "The Conviction of Kitty Dodds" (CBS)
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Education

Little Rock Junior College: Little Rock , Arkansas - 1945 - 1946

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husband:
Ray Danton. Actor, director. Married in 1954; divorced in 1974; directed Adams in "Psychic Killer" (1975); deceased.
companion:
Ronald M Cohen. Screenwriter. Died of heart failure in April 1998 at age 58.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Ralph Eugene Adams. Cotton buyer.
mother:
Esther Gertrude Adams.
son:
Steven Danton. Assistant director.
son:
Mitchell Danton. Editor.
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