Reign of the Scream Queens: Julie Adams

Scream Queen Legend

Born October 17, 1926, Betty May Adams screamed her way into the hearts of Universal Monster fans in 1954’s Creature From The Black Lagoon. Of course, by the time of the release of Creature, Betty was billed as Julie Adams. She needed only one horror film to secure her place in Scream Queen history. Prior to her performance as Kay Lawrence in Creature, Ms. Adams was a regular performer in a number of western films. She would continue performing in westerns after her starring role in Creature.

Ms. Adams has 148 film and television acting credits to her name. In the late 1950’s she shifted her focus from film to television. She guest starred in a number of popular television shows over the years including Night Gallery, The Rifleman, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, Beverly Hills, 90210, The Incredible Hulk, Melrose Place, and Murder, She Wrote.

I recommend watching Creature From The Black Lagoon to see just how wonderful Ms. Adams was on the screen. I also recommend watching a few episodes of her spookier appearances on television, particularly her performances on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Night Gallery, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker.

Julie Adams passed away in 2019. She was the final surviving “damsel in distress” from the Universal Monsters films. She’s also the sole autograph that I ever received from the Universal Monsters films. Despite only appearing in one major horror film, Ms. Adams cemented her place Scream Queen history with her amazing performance in Creature From The Black Lagoon.

Tomorrow I’ll be taking a look at one of the most prolific Scream Queens in film history. Who is she? Return tomorrow to find out!

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