by Herbie J Pilato
The beautiful and legendary actress Julie Adams has written about her astoundingly full and wonderful life in the book, THE LUCKY SOUTHERN STAR: REFLECTIONS FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, the title of which references her monumentally popular 1954 motion picture film, The Creature From the Black Lagoon.
However, Ms. Adams has made hundreds of appears on the big-screen, television and the stage beyond her most famous Creature feature, including countless classic TV appearances on shows such as Perry Mason, The Andy Griffith Show, Murder, She Wrote, and a gem of the small-screen, titled, The Jimmy Stewart Show.
Her talent, versatility, intelligence and of course obvious beauty continues to shine today, off-screen, as it has throughout each of performances, be they live on stage, or recorded on film.
The warmth of her smile today reflects the wisdom in choosing to live a “real” life, off-stage, while creating an iconic body of work in the process.
“It’s so very important to have a life beyond your career,” she says. “It’s a delicate but important balance to maintain.”
Ms. Adams has only fond memories of artistic career, and feels blessed to have worked in her particular profession. And her audience, whether those who were fortunate enough to view an original theatrical screening of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, or any of her classic TV appearances, were just as blessed…if not more so.
The Jimmy Stewart Show, in particular, and which originally aired on NBC from 1971-1972, is a stand-out amongst the half-hour format, as it was presented with such flair and grace, becoming one of the first programs of the small screen to pristinely mix poignant family drama within a comedy format – long before the term “dramedy” was ever invented.
“Jimmy was just a delight to work with,” Adams recalls. “So kind…and so generous as an actor.”
It takes one to know one – for Julie Adams remains one of the kindest, most sweetest souls Hollywood – and the viewing world, of every format and genre – has ever been fortunate enough to enjoy.
Herbie J Pilato is a Contributing Editor to TVWriter™. You can learn more about him HERE.