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Julie Adams (1926-2019)

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Actress Julie Adams has died. She achieved film immortality with her co-starring role in Creature from the Black Lagoon in 1954. Starting out with the screen name of Betty Adams, she entered films in 1950, continuing to work in both film and television for the next 60 years.

 

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She frequently co-starred in films with James Stewart -- and even played his wife in "The Jimmy Stewart Show," a sitcom that aired on NBC during the 1971-1972 season.

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Another classic film star leave us...so sad.  Rest peacefully,  beautiful Julie.

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She was only in one episode of "The Andy Griffith Show - The County Nurse".  Only (barely) knew her from "The Creature From The Black Lagoon".

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She was fantastic as a scheming society woman on the CBS soap opera Capitol (1982-87). In that series, she played in a triangle with Ed Nelson and Constance Towers. It was a point in Adams' career where she was still glamorous enough to play older leads, but also was demonstrating her skill as a character actress. 

While appearing on the soap, she continued to do primetime guest work, often directed by her ex-husband Ray Danton.

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The beautiful lady had a very lengthy show business career, spanning from 1949 to last year, when she appeared in a short as "Grandma."

Among the quotes attributed to Julie Adams, this is a telling one:

No matter what you do, you can act your heart out, but people will always say, "Oh, Julie Adams - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)." .

The film gave her an enduring popularity and a touch of immorality among the horror cult crowd but, as an actress, I wonder if Adams didn't have had mixed feelings about it, like a shadow she could never escape.

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32 minutes ago, TomJH said:

 

Among the quotes attributed to Julie Adams, this is a telling one:

No matter what you do, you can act your heart out, but people will always say, "Oh, Julie Adams - Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)." .

 

That ain't a bad way to be remembered. She was lovely.

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5 minutes ago, scsu1975 said:

That ain't a bad way to be remembered. She was lovely.

She was more than lovely.

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I really enjoyed her on MURDER SHE WROTE, she had a recurring role as a man-crazed realtor who benefited greatly from the exceptionally high murder rate in Cabot Cove (lots of properties opening up.)

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Sorry to hear this. Her resume reads like a history of television: Surfside 6, 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason, The Rifleman, Maverick, Hawaiian Eye, Bonanza, Lux Video Theatre, Playhouse 90, One Step Beyond, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Jimmy Stewart Show (24 episodes), Marcus Welby, M.D., Code Red, Murder, She Wrote, so many others.

Btw, a bit of trivia: Her first husband was Leonard Stern, who (with Sydney Zelinka) was one of the three teams of writers who wrote The Honeymooners. One of his scripts introduced us to that great delicacy, "Kranmar's Delicious Mystery Appetizer."

 

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1 hour ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I really enjoyed her on MURDER SHE WROTE, she had a recurring role as a man-crazed realtor who benefited greatly from the exceptionally high murder rate in Cabot Cove (lots of properties opening up.)

Yes. She was great on that show. Beautiful lady, even in her golden years....

Sad to hear this.

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59 minutes ago, Swithin said:

 

Btw, a bit of trivia: Her first husband was Leonard Stern, who (with Sydney Zelinka) was one of the three teams of writers who wrote The Honeymooners. One of his scripts introduced us to that great delicacy, "Kranmar's Delicious Mystery Appetizer."

 

"Hey ... this is dog food!"

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7 hours ago, TopBilled said:

She was fantastic as a scheming society woman on the CBS soap opera Capitol (1982-87). In that series, she played in a triangle with Ed Nelson and Constance Towers. It was a point in Adams' career where she was still glamorous enough to play older leads, but also was demonstrating her skill as a character actress. 

While appearing on the soap, she continued to do primetime guest work, often directed by her ex-husband Ray Danton.

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Thanks, TB. I was hoping someone would mention her role in Capitol. I didn't get to see much of this--the woman had pretended to be claustrophobic for twenty years, wasn't that it, and committed a murder, but then the writers tried to make her more sympathetic. Anyway, Julie Adams was always worth watching, whatever the writing was like. Bend of the River and The Man from the Alamo are other films where she had good roles.

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Her first husband Mr. Stern in addition to his work on "The Honeymooners" and "Get Smart" was the inventor of Mad Libs when he worked as a writer for Steve Allen. Her second husband Ray Danton directed her in the seventies horror "The Psychic Killer." Among Julie's other acting claims to fame: being one of Perry Mason's few lost cases (supposedly there were three); turning out to be a surprise villainess in one of her "77 Sunset Strip" episodes; working with John Wayne in "McQ"; with Charlton Heston in "The Private War of Major Benson"; and with Elvis in "Tickle Me"; plus TV sci-fi appearances in "The Incredible Hulk," "Kolchak: The Night Stalker" (the episode "Mr. R.I.N.G."), "Sliders" and "Lost". She leaves us at 92 with a lot of great work behind her, but she will still be very much missed.

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I've heard she was a memorable villainess in One Desire with Rock Hudson, but I haven't seen the film.

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1 hour ago, kingrat said:

Thanks, TB. I was hoping someone would mention her role in Capitol. I didn't get to see much of this--the woman had pretended to be claustrophobic for twenty years, wasn't that it, and committed a murder, but then the writers tried to make her more sympathetic. 

Julie Adams did a lot of bad things as Paula Denning on Capitol. She was introduced as a woman who had agoraphobia, but it was fake agoraphobia, so her senator husband (Ed Nelson) wouldn't leave her for another woman (Constance Towers).

Once she was "cured" of that and saw the error of her ways, she allowed the divorce to occur. But then she would spend every waking moment trying to sabotage the senator's proposed marriage to the other woman. Of course, in true soap fashion, she found out the other woman had a not-so-dead husband and brought him to town.

She pulled every trick in the book to get the senator to admit he had made a mistake leaving her, couldn't ever marry the other woman, and that they should get remarried. When none of this worked, and the senator was shot by someone else, she used that to her advantage to whisk him off to some private care facility. But she wasn't done, because the facility turned out to be in her basement, and she was brainwashing him with a crooked doctor to fall in love with her again and forget the other woman. Eventually she had to let him go.

Julie Adams had a field day with such juicy over-the-top material. Her Paula Denning was one of the more memorable characters on Capitol.

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6 hours ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I really enjoyed her on MURDER SHE WROTE, she had a recurring role as a man-crazed realtor who benefited greatly from the exceptionally high murder rate in Cabot Cove (lots of properties opening up.)

Not to mention her indignant reaction on finding herself as one of the many targets in a tell-all book about Cabot Cove, and returning home one night to find a dead body in her bedroom. Cabot Cove might have been a small town, but it was never dull, that is for sure!

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11 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

Not to mention her indignant reaction on finding herself as one of the many targets in a tell-all book about Cabot Cove, and returning home one night to find a dead body in her bedroom. Cabot Cove might have been a small town, but it was never dull, that is for sure!

I just haven't been the same since MURDER, SHE WROTE went off NETFLIX.

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2 hours ago, TopBilled said:

Julie Adams did a lot of bad things as Paula Denning on Capitol. She was introduced as a woman who had agoraphobia, but it was fake agoraphobia, so her senator husband (Ed Nelson) wouldn't leave her for another woman (Constance Towers).

Once she was "cured" of that and saw the error of her ways, she allowed the divorce to occur. But then she would spend every waking moment trying to sabotage the senator's proposed marriage to the other woman. Of course, in true soap fashion, she found out the other woman had a not-so-dead husband and brought him to town.

She pulled every trick in the book to get the senator to admit he had made a mistake leaving her, couldn't ever marry the other woman, and that they should get remarried. When none of this worked, and the senator was shot by someone else, she used that to her advantage to whisk him off to some private care facility. But she wasn't done, because the facility turned out to be in her basement, and she was brainwashing him with a crooked doctor to fall in love with her again and forget the other woman. Eventually she had to let him go.

Julie Adams had a field day with such juicy over-the-top material. Her Paula Denning was one of the more memorable characters on Capitol.

LMREO! Gotta love soaps!

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9 minutes ago, LornaHansonForbes said:

I just haven't been the same since MURDER, SHE WROTE went off NETFLIX.

It's still on Hallmark Channel Mystery Channel  for several hours every night. (after a 2 month lay off for sappy Hallmark movies)

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Just now, Hibi said:

It's still on Hallmark Channel Mystery Channel  for several hours every night. (after a 2 month lay off for sappy Hallmark movies)

Also 3 episodes appear every weekday morning (Monday through Friday) on WGN america.

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36 minutes ago, CinemaInternational said:

Not to mention her indignant reaction on finding herself as one of the many targets in a tell-all book about Cabot Cove, and returning home one night to find a dead body in her bedroom. Cabot Cove might have been a small town, but it was never dull, that is for sure!

LOL.  Yeah, she was a suspect in several murders in town. The funniest one was about the randy police officer whose wife was murdered. (If Its Tuesday It Must Be Beverly) The Beauty Salon group were all involved!

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