From This I Believe essay and podcast :
As a young girl growing up in Arkansas, Julie Adams longed to be an actress.
Even though the odds were against her, she believed in the inner voice that encouraged her toward her dream — and it ultimately helped her find success in movies and television.
“I’ve come to realize that whatever part of myself forced me to strike out rather haphazardly for Hollywood is the only real wisdom I possess.
“That part of me seemed to know that no matter how difficult achieving my goal might be, or even if I never achieved it, I would be happier striving toward my dream than if I tried to find security in a life I was unsuited for.”
Julie Adams is 82 and has been acting since 1949. Publicity photo from Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954).