Julie Adams Interview

1.Where were you born and raised? 

I was born in Waterloo, Iowa and grew up in Arkansas.


2.How did you get involved into the acting business? 

I was crowned Miss Little Rock and thought I might have what it takes to become an actress.  I moved to Long Beach, where my father's first wife owned a bathing suit shop and had contacts with talent scouts.  I took acting lessons and eventually got a screen test at Universal.  After working in a film called Bright Victory with Arthur Kennedy, the studio decided to pick up my contract and I went on to make 21 movies for Universal in the 1950s.

3.Were you an Elvis fan growing up?

 I knew of Elvis and his music.   I admired him, but was not one of his diehard fans.


4.How did you first meet Elvis and what were your thoughts on him? 

I met Elvis on the set of Tickle Me, a film I appeared in with him in the 1960s.  I'm from the South and Elvis was a true Southern gentleman.  He was a great guy and I liked him a lot!

5.Did you guys have fun on set?

 We enjoyed our time on set together.  Elvis was a very handsome and charming fellow, and a lot of fun to be around.  I thought he had a wonderful voice and he was also a very skilled entertainer.
6.What did you think about Elvis acting skills?


 I thought Elvis was a good actor.  He took his acting seriously, which made him a joy to work with. 

7.What did you think of the film Tickle Me? 

I thought it was a very entertaining film.  Elvis carried the show on his shoulders.  A lot of Elvis fans I meet at conventions still tell me how much they like the movie.

8. Did you realize that the film actually saved the studio as it was in a poor financial state? 

I was not aware of that until years later.  I'm happy that Tickle Me was a hit for the studio.

9. What do you think of Elvis everlasting popularity?

 I think it is well deserved.  Elvis was a phenomenon,  the likes of which we may never see again.  He is a legend in every sense of the word.

10. What are you doing now? 

Currently I have been traveling around the country on a signing tour for my recently published autobiography, The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon.  There is a chapter in the book titled "I Kissed Elvis," where I share my experiences of working with the King of Rock 'N' Roll on Tickle Me.  A lot of Elvis fans have enjoyed the book.  It is available exclusively on my website at www.julieadams.biz.