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Overview (3)

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, USA
Birth NameBetty May Adams
Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Iowa, Betty May Adams grew up in Arkansas and made her acting debut in a third grade play, "Hansel and Gretel". When she grew up and decided to become an actress, she moved to California, where she worked three days a week as a secretary (to support herself) and spent the remainder of her time taking speech lessons and making the rounds at the various studios' casting departments. Her first movie role was playing a starlet, appropriately enough, in Paramount's Red, Hot and Blue (1949), followed by a leading role in the Lippert Western The Dalton Gang (1949). Over a period of five weeks, she appeared in six more quickie Lippert Westerns. Adams' first big show biz break was at Universal, when she appeared in a screen test opposite All-American footballer Leon Hart, a Detroit Lions end. It was Hart who was being considered by the studio, but the gridiron star flopped while Universal execs flipped over Adams. The studio changed her first name from Betty to Julia (and later to Julie).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver <TomWeavr@aol.com>

Spouse (2)

Ray Danton (20 February 1955 - 13 April 1978) ( divorced) ( 2 children)
Leonard Stern (2 January 1951 - 13 October 1953) ( divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Natural brunette hair
Deep sultry voice
Southern accent
Voluptuous figure

Trivia (26)

Has two sons: Steve Danton and Mitchell Danton.
In Italy, all her films were dubbed by either Dhia Cristiani, Renata Marini or Lydia Simoneschi.
Universal Pictures publicity in the 1950s claimed that her legs won an award as "the most perfectly symmetrical in the world" and that they were insured for $125,000.
Interviewed in Tom Weaver's book, "They Fought in the Creature Features" (McFarland & Co., 1995).
At age 19, she was crowned "Miss Little Rock" and then moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her acting career.
At age 22, she legally changed her name from Betty May to Julie, when she was under contract with Universal Studios.
Began her career as a contract player for Universal Studios in 1949, where she first met Tony Curtis, Marsha Hunt and Piper Laurie.
Attended and graduated from Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock Arkansas (1944).
When Adams was a young girl, she used to go to the cinema every Saturday, watching Westerns.
Has appeared with Rock Hudson in five films: Bright Victory (1951), Bend of the River (1952), Horizons West (1952), The Lawless Breed (1953) and One Desire (1955).
Met her future husband Ray Danton on the set of The Looters (1955).
Was honored with a Film Career Achievement Award at CineCon. [2011]
Worked as a part-time secretary before entering the motion picture industry.
Had moved to Blytheville, Arkansas, with her family, when she was a young girl.
Had to perform most of her own stunts in Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).
Had a joint birthday with Beverly Garland. They both guest-starred on the same episode of Mannix (1967).
Won the Rondo Award for the Monster Kid Hall of Fame at the annual Wonderfest in Louisville, Kentucky. [2012]
After her last role Carnage (2011), she retired from acting at age 84.
Her idol was Vivien Leigh.
Shares the same birthday with Marsha Hunt, who is nine years her senior.
Acting mentor and friends with Catherine Hickland.
As an unfamiliar actress, Catherine Hickland thanked her for Hickland's stardom to acting.
She is widely known as a social butterfly.
Her hobbies included: horseback riding, swimming, reading, watching classic movies and spending time with family.
Met [Tony Curtis], [Marsha Hunt] and [Piper Laurie], when the four were all under contract at Universal in 1949.

Personal Quotes (3)

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).".
[on Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)] Oh, it was a real shock when we saw the Creature. And you can see from the pictures in the book that I look a little awestruck, kind of taken aback when I saw it at first. I thought it was quite wonderful, extraordinary, and a little scary which of course is exactly what it was supposed to be.
[on Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)] I think the best thing about the picture is that we do feel for the Creature. We feel for him and his predicament and where he is and so on. I think that's a very positive thing really. I like that we feel sympathy for the Creature.

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