Julie Adams, who famously played the damsel in “Creature From The Black Lagoon,” recently passed away at 92. According to The Hollywood Reporter, her son confirmed that she died yesterday morning. However, the cause of her death currently remains unknown.
Adams’ career spans across six decades in both film and television. Her most famous roles include the show “Murder, She Wrote” where she played realtor Eve Simpson. Also, movie stars like Dennis Hopper, Elvis Presley, and John Wayne were among her co-stars.
However, “Creature From the Black Lagoon” still remains her most famous role. In the film, Adams plays Kay Lawrence, an object of the creature’s affection. Initially, she was hesitant about taking on the role since it was a genre film. But she eventually had a change of heart. Partially because she was under contract with Universal and also because she figured she might like the experience of making it. As it turns out, she loved making the film that would eventually become her most famous work.
Here’s a quote from Adams in a 2013 interview with the site Horror Society:
I thought the creature from what? What is this, because I had been working with some major stars and so on? What I thought were loftier ideas of film but I read it and I thought if I turn it down I won’t get paid and I’ll be on suspension and then I thought, what the hay, it might be fun and of course, indeed it was. It was fun and was more than fun; it was a great pleasure to do the picture.
“Creature From the Black Lagoon” was also an inspiration for “The Shape Of Water” by Guillermo Del Toro who paid tribute to Adams on Twitter.
Julie Adams is survived by her son, Mitch Danton.