Thursday, February 7, 2019

Julie Adams Dead at 92

Julie Adams, best known for her role as Kay Lawrence in the beloved 1954 monster movie Creature from the Black Lagoon, passed away on February 3. She was 92. Adams' son Mitchell Danton revealed that the actress died early Sunday morning in Los Angeles.

Her many other credits included the Elvis Presley-starring Tickle Me (1965) , Dennis Hopper's film The Last Movie (1971), the TV show Murder, She Wrote (1987-1993), and the Oliver Stone-directed World Trade Center (2006).

Adams' soap opera roles included Paula Denning on Capitol (1982-1987), Arlene Beevis in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1993) and Mrs. Damarrs on Melrose Place (1999).

Those who have paid tribute to Adams include Patton Oswalt and director Guillermo del Toro, whose Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water was clearly influenced by Creature from the Black Lagoon.

"I mourn Julie Adams passing," wrote del Toro on Twitter. "It hurts in a place deep in me, where monsters swim."

"Julie Adams has returned to the Black Lagoon," wrote Oswalt. "The scene of you swimming while The Creature mirrored your moves underwater is every awkward heart yearning for someone in the sunshine to reach down and just see them. Iconic forever."

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