After playing small roles in television and low-budget movies, Adams’ performances in
Days of Heaven (1978) and the remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers (also 1978)
brought her positive reviews. She has also starred in the films Cuba (1979), The Dead Zone (1983), Key Exchange (1985), and Gas Food Lodging (1992). In 1995 Adams retired temporarily from film-making due to family responsibilities and a scarcity of good roles. She resumed her career around 2002 and recently starred in several shows on Broadway.