Naomi Stevens

In the decades before political correctness became the standard, there was quite a market for ethnic characterizations in Hollywood. Naomi Stevens capitalized on that to score a host of minor TV and film parts that ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1926

Filmography

Actor (29)

Vega$ 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Montefuscos 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Hustle 1975 (Movie)

Woman Hostage (Actor)

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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ABC's Matinee Today 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Heatwave! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Superdad 1974 (Movie)

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The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Streets of San Francisco 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Fly Me 1972 (Movie)

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Sarge: The Badge or the Cross 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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The Flying Nun 1967 - 1970 (TV Show)

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The Hawaiians 1970 (Movie)

Queen Liliuokalani (Actor)

Buona Sera, Mrs Campbell 1968 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

Hey, Landlord 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Valley of the Dolls 1967 (Movie)

Miss Steinberg (Actor)

The Art of Love 1965 (Movie)

Mrs Fromkis (Actor)

The Seven Little Foys 1963 - 1964 (TV Show)

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Convicts Four 1961 (Movie)

Resko's Mother (Actor)

The Apartment 1960 (Movie)

Mrs Dreyfuss (Actor)

The Black Orchid 1958 (Movie)

Giulia Gallo (Actor)

Baby M (TV Show)

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Fun and Games (TV Show)

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The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (TV Show)

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The Twilight Zone (TV Show)

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Vega$ (TV Show)

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Biography

In the decades before political correctness became the standard, there was quite a market for ethnic characterizations in Hollywood. Naomi Stevens capitalized on that to score a host of minor TV and film parts that required foreign accents--or at least roles that slanted heavily toward an identifiable cultural type. For decades, if a production needed an Italian mama or a Jewish matron, she was the go-to character actress for the part. Stevens's niche was a comfortable and lucrative one, carrying her through a 31-year career that covered over 100 TV episodes and films. She was equally adept at playing drama as she was at handling the tricky timing of comedy; her versatility won her roles in everything from Western series like "Rawhide" (1962) to medical procedurals such as, among numerous others, "Dr. Kildare" (1961). She could also shift easily between genre and character type on the movie screen, appearing in wildly different films like the young-actresses-in-Hollywood exploitation film "Valley of the Dolls" (1967) and the macho bare-knuckle fighter saga "Hard Times" (1975). Stevens usually appeared in one-off guest roles in TV shows, although from time to time she would stay on for a recurring part. She did the ethnic thing as Mama Rossini for multiple appearances on the popular 1960s sitcom "My Three Sons" (1969) and, as ever, shifted gears to play Sgt. Bella Archer in 20-plus episodes of the police procedural "Vega$" (1978).

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