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Stella Stevens
Playboy centerfold appearance
January 1960
Preceded by Ellen Stratton
Succeeded by Susie Scott
Personal details
Born October 1, 1938 (1938-10-01) (age 71)
Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA
Measurements Bust: 37"
Waist: 22"
Hips: 36"
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 118 lb (54 kg; 8.4 st)
Official website

Stella Stevens (born October 1, 1938[1] as Estelle Caro Eggleston) is an American film, television and stage actress, who began her acting career in 1959. She is a film producer, director and pin-up girl.

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Early life

Stevens was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the only child of Dovey Estelle (née Caro) and Thomas Ellett Eggleston.[2] She married electrician Noble Herman Stephens on December 1, 1954, probably in Memphis, Tennessee, with whom she had her only child, actor/producer Andrew Stevens. She and Herman Stephens divorced three years later, although she and her son retained a variation of his surname as their own professional surnames.

Career

Stevens was first under contract to 20th Century Fox, then dropped after six months. After winning the role of "Appassionata Von Climax" for the musical Li'l Abner (1959), she signed a contract with Paramount Pictures (1959-1963) and later Columbia Pictures (1964-1968). She shared the 1960 Golden Globe Award for "Most Promising Newcomer - Female", with Tuesday Weld, Angie Dickinson and Janet Munro for Say One For Me.[3]

In 1960, Stevens was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for January (and had featured pictorials in 1965 and 1968). Stevens was in the 100 sexiest stars of the 20th Century (#27). During the 1960s, she was one of the ten most photographed women in the world, carving herself a distinctive 'sexy kitten' niche which was quite distinct from the overwhelming sexpot image of Marilyn Monroe and the numerous Monroe clones of the period.

In 1962, Stevens starred opposite Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls!. Later that year, she portrayed Jerry Lewis's love interest in The Nutty Professor. This was followed by other comic turns as the former "Miss Montana" beauty queen in Vincente Minnelli's The Courtship of Eddie's Father and opposite Dean Martin in the "Matt Helm" spy spoof The Silencers plus How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life.

Stevens was featured in Sam Peckinpah's western The Ballad of Cable Hogue in 1970 with Jason Robards. In 1972, she appeared in Irwin Allen's The Poseidon Adventure as "Linda Rogo" (the former-hooker wife of Ernest Borgnine's character).

Stevens appeared in dozens of TV shows and was a regular on the 1981-1982 primetime soap opera Flamingo Road. She teamed with the late Sandy Dennis in a touring production of an all-female version of Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, playing the messy one. She had a contract role on NBC's daytime drama Santa Barbara as Phyllis Blake from 1989 to 1990.

Stevens produced and directed two films, The Ranch (1989) and The American Heroine (1979).

Filmography

Films

  • Popstar (2005)
  • Hell to Pay (2005)
  • Glass Trap (2005)
  • Blessed (2004)
  • The Long Ride Home (2003)
  • Size 'Em Up (2001)
  • Invisible Mom (1997) (V)
  • Bikini Hotel (1997)
  • Virtual Combat (1996)
  • Body Chemistry 4: Full Exposure (1995) (V)
  • The Granny (1995)
  • Illicit Dreams (1995)
  • Star Hunter (1995) (V)
  • Molly & Gina (1994)
  • Point of Seduction: Body Chemistry III (1994) (V)
  • Hard Drive (1994)
  • Little Devils: The Birth (1993)
  • Eye of the Stranger (1993)
  • The Nutt House (1992)
  • South Beach (1992)
  • Last Call (1991)
  • Exiled in America (1990)
  • The Terror Within II (1990)
  • Down the Drain (1990)
  • Mom (1990)
  • Exiled in America (1990)
  • Monster in the Closet (1987)
  • The Longshot (1986)
  • A Masterpiece of Murder (1986)
  • Chained Heat (1983)

Television

* - TV movie

  • Newhart (2 episodes, 1983)
  • Women of San Quentin * (1983)
  • The Love Boat (2 episodes, 1983)
  • Matt Houston - "Whose Party Is It Anyway?" (1983)
  • Flamingo Road (34 episodes, 1981-1982), as Lute-Mae Sanders
  • Twirl * (1981)
  • Children of Divorce * (1980)
  • Flamingo Road * (1980), pilot for the TV series
  • Make Me an Offer * (1980)
  • Friendships, Secrets and Lies * (1979)
  • The French Atlantic Affair (1979) (miniseries)
  • Hart to Hart * (1979), series pilot of Hart to Hart
  • Express to Terror * (1979)
  • The Jordan Chance * (1978)
  • Cruise Into Terror * (1978)
  • The Oregon Trail - "Hannah's Girl", appearing with son Andrew Stevens (1977)
  • The Night They Took Miss Beautiful * (1977)
  • Murder in Peyton Place * (1977)
  • Charlie Cobb: Nice Night for a Hanging * (1977)
  • The New Love Boat * (1977), pilot for The Love Boat
  • Wanted: The Sundance Woman * (1976)
  • Kiss Me, Kill Me * (1976)
  • Wonder Woman - "The New Original Wonder Woman" (1975)
  • Police Story - "The Losing Game" (1975)
  • Honky Tonk * (1974)
  • The Day the Earth Moved * (1974)
  • Banacek - "Ten Thousand Dollars a Page" (1973)
  • Linda * (1973)
  • Climb an Angry Mountain * (1972)
  • Hec Ramsey - "Hangman's Wages" (1972)
  • Ghost Story - "The Dead We Leave Behind" (1972)
  • In Broad Daylight * (1971)
  • Ben Casey (2 episodes, 1964)
  • Frontier Circus - "The Balloon Girl" (1962)
  • Follow the Sun - "Conspiracy of Silence" (1961)
  • General Electric Theater - "The Great Alberti" (1961), "The Graduation Dress" (1960)
  • Riverboat - "Zigzag" (1960)
  • Bonanza - "Silent Thunder" (1960)
  • Hawaiian Eye - "Kakua Woman" (1960)
  • Johnny Ringo - "Uncertain Vengeance" (1960)

As director

  • The American Heroine (1979)
  • The Ranch (1989)

See also

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