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.