Actress Julie Adams has died aged ninety-two. She is best known to horror fans as the love interest of the Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Confirmation of her demise came from Ricou Browning, the actor who played the Gill-Man in the underwater scenes for Universal’s iconic monster movie.
Adams died early on Sunday in Los Angeles, her son Mitch Danton told The Hollywood Reporter. In more than six decades in film and on television, Adams also starred with the likes of Elvis Presley, Dennis Hopper and John Wayne. Her TV roles included The Jimmy Stewart Show in the 1970s – playing Stewart’s wife – and 1960s detective series Perry Mason.
Born in Iowa in 1926, Betty May Adams moved a lot as a child before heading to Hollywood. As regards other genre appearances, she was also in Psychic Killer (1975), The Fifth Floor (1978), Black Roses (1988), the Night Gallery TV series (‘The Miracle at Camafeo’ episode, 1972), One Step Beyond TV series (1959), and three episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
But it is as the swooning Kay Lawrence in Creature from the Black Lagoon that she will most fondly be remembered by horror fans. As a publicity stunt, Universal Studios once even declared her legs “the most perfectly symmetrical in the world” and insured them for $125,000.