Actress Stella Stevens, who was famous for her roles in popular movies like “The Nutty Professor,” “The Poseidon Adventure,” and “Girls! Girls! Girls!” where she starred alongside Elvis Presley, has passed away at the age of 84 in Los Angeles. Stevens had been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for a long time.
A former Playboy centerfold from 1960, who was discovered while modeling in Memphis and given a screen test by 20th Century Fox. She then signed contracts with Paramount and Columbia studios, and starred in several movies throughout the 1960s alongside famous actors such as Elvis Presley, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin, Chuck Conners, and Glenn Ford. Some of the films she appeared in include “Girls! Girls! Girls!”, “How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life”, “Too Late Blues”, “Synanon”, “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father”, “Advance to the Rear”, and “Rage“.
In 1959, the actress Stella Stevens won a Golden Globe award for her debut film, “Say One for Me,” in which she starred alongside Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds. She was recognized for her performance as a promising newcomer. Additionally, in the same year, she also appeared in the film “Lil Abner.”
Stella Stevens played memorable roles in various popular movies. One of her notable roles was as the love interest of Jerry Lewis in the movie “The Nutty Professor,” which was added to the National Film Registry in 2004.
She also portrayed the sharp-tongued wife of Ernest Borgnine in the 1972 blockbuster “The Poseidon Adventure,” which contributed to the trend of disaster movies in the 1970s. In addition, she appeared in many other films such as “The Silencers,” “The Ballad of Cable Hogue,” “Sol Madrid,” “Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!” and “The Secret of My Success.”
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