Stella Stevens (born October 1, 1938 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.
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.
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).
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