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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hollywood legend Julie Adams returned to Arkansas for the second month ina row for the opening of a special new exhibit.

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.

On Friday she returned to her alma mater UALR for an intimate interview with Dr. Jay Raphael, chair of UALR Theatre and Dance as well as attending the grand opening of 'Lights, camera, Arkansas' at the Old State House Museum.

The exhibit features the state's ties to Hollywood, through both movies and television. Artifacts related to films shot on location in the state, actors born in Arkansas, and literary figures whose works were the basis for films shot in Arkansas will be included in the exhibit.

Admission is free and the exhibit will be on display for the next two years.

Visitors will see five galleries of costumes, scripts, film footage, awards, photographs, theater posters, and props. The cast includes Mary Steenburgen, Harry Thomason, Julie Adams, Lisa Blount, Johnny Cash, Gail Davis, Levon Helm, James Bridges, Jeff Nichols, and Joey Lauren Adams, and others.

THV 11's Matt Buhrman caught up with Adams to talk about the importance of this exhibit. Click on the THVideo!

And you can watch our previous interview with Adams by clicking here.

'Lights, camera, Arkansas' opens today. Museum hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The musuem is located at 300 West Markham.

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