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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Hollywood actress returns to alma mater

UALR’s 2013 Distinguished Alumna Julie Adams will return to campus for an intimate interview with Dr. Jay Raphael, chair of UALR Theatre and Dance, at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7 at the Haislip Arena Theatre.

A book signing will follow. 

Adams landed her first leading role in the The Dalton Gang in 1949. After a series of Western films, Adams starred alongside James Stewart in Bend of the River. She became a Hollywood star following 1954’s Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Guests may purchase Adam’s memoir, The Lucky Southern Star: Reflections from the Black Lagoon, for $30 at the Bailey Alumni Center. Copies may also be reserved by calling 501.683.7208.

The book provides an in-depth look at Adam’s rise to stardom in Hollywood following her time in Depression-era Arkansas and graduation from then-Little Rock Junior College.

All are invited to attend, including those who met Adams at the awards luncheon in May.

Adams will make another appearance in Little Rock at the Old State House Museum for the opening reception of the new exhibit, Lights! Camera! Arkansas! The event will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7.

The exhibit will illustrate the numerous ties Arkansas has to Hollywood through both cinema and television. It will include five galleries of costumes, scripts, film footage, awards, photographs, theater posters, and props.

Other celebrities featured include Mary Steenburgen, Harry Thomason, Johnny Cash, Jeff Nichols, and many more.

Although reservations should be made, admission is free for the opening reception and the exhibit during regular museum hours.