R.I.P. Julie Adams, love interest of both Sheriff Andy and the Creature from the Black Lagoon
She's also the wrongly accused victim put in jail that one time Perry Mason lost a case.
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Back in 1954, Julie Adams became a sci-fi icon as the bathing beauty Kay Lawrence, who gets abducted by The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Fast-forward eight years later, and the actress played a character who caught the eye of Sheriff Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show. As Mary Simpson, Julie Adams played Mayberry's newest county nurse, and Andy's so smitten by the new lady in town, he immediately asks for a date. The actress was so lovely, she charmed everybody from the sitcom lawman to the sci-fi Gill-man.
In her Hollywood career, Adams spent the fifties across from the biggest stars of that era. We saw Rock Hudson, James Stewart and Charlton Heston all swoon for the actress on the big screen. (On Saturday, you can head back to the lagoon to watch Adams battle the Gill-man all over again when Svengoolie, a big-time fan of Adams, airs The Creature from the Black Lagoon on Feb. 16 at 8P | 7C.)
On television, Adams also featured in four episodes of Perry Mason, including one of the most famous episodes "The Case of the Deadly Verdict." It's pretty much the only time that Perry Mason ever lost a case, and that mistake put Adams' character Janice Barton behind bars and drives Perry Mason to continue working the case long after the verdict. (Don't worry, he sets it right in the end.)
Through the 1960s and 1970s, Adams featured in guest roles on Bonanza, Maverick, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, 77 Sunset Strip, Night Gallery, Mannix, Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Incredible Hulk and many more. Her TV work continued through the 2000s, with roles on hit shows like Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Beverly Hills 90210, and Cold Case.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Julie Adams passed away on February 3 at the age of 92.