Another legendary horror actor has left us, as it’s being reported tonight that Julie Adams has passed away at the age of 92. Adams is most known for her role as the leading lady of Universal’s Creature from the Black Lagoon, wherein she played scientist Kay Lawrence. Her character, of course, was the love interest of the titular Creature in the 1954 film.
Born Betty May Adams on October 17, 1926, Julie Adams began her big screen career with 1949’s Red, Hot and Blue, and she starred in a handful of Westerns before Universal cast her in Creature from the Black Lagoon, including The Dalton Gang, Crooked River, The Treasure of the Lost Canyon, The Mississippi Gambler and The Man from the Alamo.
After being forever immortalized as an iconic “scream queen” thanks to Creature from the Black Lagoon, Julie Adams starred in The Private War of Major Benson, Tickle Me, “The Jimmy Stewart Show,” “Code Red,” “Murder, She Wrote,” and more recently, World Trade Center and “Lost,” among nearly 150 other roles across film and television.
News of Adams’ passing tonight comes from Creature co-star Ricou Browning.