Stella Stevens

Actor, Producer, Director
A popular screen siren of the early 1960s, actress Stella Stevens lent sex appeal to such popular light dramas and comedies as "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1963) and "The Nutty Professor" (1964) before becoming a ... Read more »
Born: 09/30/1936 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA


Actor (107)

The Long Ride Home 2014 (Movie)


Glass Trap 2004 (Movie)

Joan (Actor)

By Dawn's Early Light 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Highlander: The Series 1992 - 1998 (TV Show)


In Cold Blood 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Invisible Mom 1997 (Movie)

Mrs Pringle (Actor)

Star Hunter 1997 (Movie)


Arli$$ 1996 (Tv Show)


Subliminal Seduction 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Burke's Law 1993 - 1995 (Tv Show)


Dave's World 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)


In the Heat of the Night 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)


Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)


The Commish 1984 - 1985, 1991 - 1995 (Tv Show)


Virtual Combat 1995 (Movie)


Body Chemistry IV 1994 (Movie)


Hard Drive 1994 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Illicit Dreams 1994 (Movie)

Cicily (Actor)

South Beach 1994 (Movie)


The Granny 1994 (Movie)

The Granny (Actor)

Body Chemistry 3 1993 (Movie)


Eye of the Stranger 1993 (Movie)


Molly and Gina 1993 (Movie)


Santa Barbara 1983 - 1993 (TV Show)


The Nutty Nut 1992 (Movie)


The Terror Within II 1991 (Movie)

Kara (Actor)

Exiled in America 1990 (Movie)

Sonny Moore (Actor)

Last Call 1990 (Movie)

Betty Dubois (Actor)

Mom 1990 (Movie)

Beverly Hills (Actor)

Down the Drain 1989 (Movie)


The 1989 Miss USA Pageant 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)


A Table at Ciro's 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Monster in the Closet 1987 (Movie)

Margo Crane (Actor)

The Longshot 1986 (Movie)

Nicki Dixon (Actor)

Amazons 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


No Man's Land 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)


Wacko 1983 (Movie)

Marg Graves (Actor)

Chained Heat 1982 (Movie)

Captain Taylor (Actor)

Children of Divorce 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)


Elvis Remembered: Nashville to Hollywood 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Flamingo Road 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Hart to Hart 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


The French Atlantic Affair 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


The Manitou 1978 (Movie)

Amelia Crusoe (Actor)

Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

Marty Reeves (Actor)

Arnold 1974 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold 1974 (Movie)

Dragon Lady (Actor)

Honky Tonk 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Las Vegas Lady 1974 (Movie)

Lucky (Actor)

Linda 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


Ghost Story 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


In Broad Daylight 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)


Stand Up and Be Counted 1972 (Movie)

Yvonne Kellermen (Actor)

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

Linda Rogo (Actor)

Slaughter 1971 (Movie)

Ann (Actor)

A Town Called Hell 1970 (Movie)

Avila (Actor)

The Ballad of Cable Hogue 1970 (Movie)

Hildy (Actor)

The Bing Crosby Show (10/23/68) 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)


The Mad Room 1969 (Movie)

Ellen Hardy (Actor)

Sol Madrid 1968 (Movie)

Stacey Woodward (Actor)

Where Angels Go... Trouble Follows 1968 (Movie)

Sister George (Actor)

How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life 1967 (Movie)

Carol Clurman (Actor)

Ben Casey 1961 - 1966 (TV Show)


Rage 1965 (Movie)

Perla (Actor)

The Silencers 1965 (Movie)

Gail (Actor)

Synanon 1964 (Movie)

Joaney (Actor)

The Secret of My Success 1964 (Movie)

Violet Lawson (Actor)

The Courtship of Eddie's Father 1963 (Movie)

Dollye Daly (Actor)

Girls! Girls! Girls! 1962 (Movie)

Robin Gantner (Actor)

The General Electric Theater 1952 - 1962 (TV Show)


The Nutty Professor 1962 (Movie)

Stella Purdy (Actor)

Man-Trap 1961 (Movie)

Nina Jameson (Actor)

Too Late Blues 1961 (Movie)

Jess Polanski (Actor)

Li'l Abner 1958 (Movie)

Appassionata Von Climax (Actor)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

Chorine (Actor)

A Masterpiece of Murder (TV Show)


Children of Divorce (Movie)


Climb an Angry Mountain (TV Show)


Cruise into Terror (TV Show)


Dream On (TV Show)


Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion (TV Show)


Flamingo Road (TV Show)


Hell to Pay (TV Show)


Honky Tonk (Movie)


Jake Spanner, Private Eye (TV Show)


Kiss Me... Kill Me (TV Show)


Make Me an Offer (TV Show)


Man Against the Mob (TV Show)


Marker (TV Show)


Murder in Peyton Place (TV Show)


Neat and Tidy (TV Show)


The Christmas List (TV Show)


The Day the Earth Moved (TV Show)


The Jordan Chance (TV Show)


The New Love Boat (TV Show)


Twirl (TV Show)


Virtual Combat (TV Show)


Wanted: The Sundance Woman (TV Show)


Women of San Quentin (TV Show)

Director (1)

The Ranch 1988 (Movie)



A popular screen siren of the early 1960s, actress Stella Stevens lent sex appeal to such popular light dramas and comedies as "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1963) and "The Nutty Professor" (1964) before becoming a staple of TV and low-budget films for the next three decades. Though a talented actress, especially in gentle comedies, casting agents found it difficult to see past Stevens' statuesque frame, which was the subject of three Playboy pictorials. Despite solid turns in Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" (1970) as Jason Robards' feisty lover and "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972), Stevens never found the proper vehicle for her abilities, and spent most of her time under the radar in episodic TV or genuinely awful films like "Monster in the Closet" (1986). Nevertheless, she continued to log appearances well into her seventh decade, which was a testimony to her professionalism, talent and apparent good humor.

Stella Stevens was born Estelle Caro Eggleston on Oct. 1, 1938, the only child of Thomas Ellett Eggleston and his wife, Dovey Estelle Caro. Sources frequently cited her birthplace as Hot Coffee, MS, but the moniker was simply a nickname for the town of Meridian, which lay near the Mississippi-Florida border. When Stevens was four, she moved with her family to Tennessee; there she met Herman Stephens, an electrician whom she married when she was just 15. A year later, she gave birth to her only child, future actor and producer Andrew Stevens. By 17, she had divorced Stephens, but kept a modified version of his surname for her professional career. While studying medicine at Memphis State College, she became interested in acting and modeling, and was reportedly discovered while appearing in a production of "Bus Stop" at the college. Stevens signed with 20th Century Fox, which provided her film debut with "Say One for Me" (1959), a modest musical starring and produced by Bing Crosby. For her minor turn as a chorus girl, Stevens shared the Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer - Female, with fellow up-and-comers Tuesday Weld, Angie Dickinson and Janet Muro.

However, the promising start led to few subsequent opportunities, and Fox dropped her after six months. Stevens turned to the burgeoning gentleman's magazine Playboy to boost her image, and in 1960, she became the publications Playmate of the Month for January. The layout, which tastefully revealed Stevens' voluptuous frame, had the desired effect, and that year, she landed the role of Appassionata von Climax in the screen version of "L'il Abner" (1960). A steady stream of television appearances, magazine layouts and features soon followed, but most emphasized Stevens' physical appeal rather than her talents. Occasionally, she received a solid vehicle for her acting skills, like "Too Late Blues" (1961), director John Cassavetes' drama about a jazz musician (Bobby Darin) who abandoned his idealistic dreams for a sultry singer (Stevens).

Stevens also had a particular gift for light comedy, as seen in her turns as a former beauty queen who caught Glenn Ford's eye in "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (1963) and in particular, Jerry Lewis' "The Nutty Professor" (1964), where she played the comely college girl who is wooed by the smooth Buddy Love, but saw the good in his alter ego, the hapless Professor Kelp. Despite these highlights, Stevens was found mostly in ornamental roles in features like "Girls! Girls! Girls!" (1962) with Elvis Presley, which she reportedly loathed and was forced to participate in, creating much friction between her and Paramount, and "The Silencers" (1966), one of the Matt Helm spy spoofs with Dean Martin. Stevens would return to Playboy for two subsequent layouts in 1965 and 1968 to help boost her visibility.

Stevens began the 1970s with critically praised turns in Sam Peckinpah's "The Ballad of Cable Hogue" and "The Poseidon Adventure" (1972). In the former, she played a former prostitute who developed a tender romance with dogged cowboy Jason Robards, while in the latter, she was Ernest Borgnine's determined ex-streetwalker wife, who survived most of the horrors of the sinking ocean liner, only to perish in the final reel. The pictures helped to solidify the idea that Stevens was more than an attractive figure, and she worked steadily throughout the decade on television and in features, though few were as high profile as her early efforts. By the late 1970s, she had resorted to B-pictures like "The Manitou" (1978), and eventually turned to television, where she co-starred on "Flamingo Road" (NBC, 1980-82) as a kindly madam who aided series lead John Beck. In 1979, she directed a feature length documentary called "The American Heroine," about women from all walks of life, but the project was never released.

Stevens remained busy as she entered her fifth decade in the 1980s, though quality projects continued to elude actresses - particularly one-time sex symbols - of a certain age. She was a staple of episodic television, but her features had sunk to exploitative trash like "Chained Heat"(1983), a women-in-prison melodrama with Linda Blair, and direct-to-cable softcore efforts like "Body Chemistry III: Point of Seduction" (1994), many of which co-starred her son, Andrew Stevens. In 1989, he joined her for her second directorial effort, a low-budget comedy called "The Ranch," about a city slicker who turned an inherited ranch into a spa. That same year, she joined the cast of the daytime soap opera "Santa Barbara" (NBC, 1983-1994) as star Robin Mattson's troublemaking mother, Phyllis Blake. In the 1990s and 2000s, Stevens was a regular on television programs and in the occasional low-budget feature, though the 2004 horror film "Blessed," produced by her son, was a rare exception. She published her first novel, Razzle Dazzle, in 1999 and launched a line of fragrances for men and women that, like her career itself, emphasized sexiness.


Thomas Eggleston


Dovey Estelle Eggleston


Noble Stephens

married on September 1, 1954 divorced

Andrew Stevens

born in 1955 in Memphis TN


Memphis State University

Memphis , Tennessee



Joined cast of ABC soap "General Hospital"


Directed first feature film, "The Ranch"


Starred on TV series, "Flamingo Road"


Directed first feature-length documentary, "The American Heroine"


TV film debut, "In Broad Daylight"


TV debut on "Johnny Ringo" episode


Film debut, "Say One For Me"

Directorial debut with the A.F.I. Film, "Just For a Laugh"

Modeled as Playboy centerfold at age 19

Spotted by Fox talent scout in college production of "Bus Stop"

Formed production company, Stellavisions