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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 1 October 1936Yazoo City, Mississippi, USA
Birth NameEstelle Caro Eggleston
Height 5' 5" (1.65 m)

Mini Bio (1)

A native of Hot Coffee, Mississippi. While attending Memphis State College, Stella became interested in acting and modeling. Her film debut was a bit part in Say One for Me (1959), but her appearance in Li'l Abner (1959) as Appassionata Von Climax is the one that got her noticed. Then her centerfold spread in Playboy was one of the most popular issues. She co-starred with some of the biggest names in movies such as Bobby Darin in Too Late Blues (1961); Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962); Glenn Ford in The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963); Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor (1963); and Dean Martin in The Silencers (1966). She appeared on the television series Surfside 6 (1960); Ben Casey (1961) and the soap opera General Hospital (1963).

By the late 1960s, her career had leveled off and she was appearing in roles based on her looks. One of her best performances at that time was in the movie The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), where she played Hildy, and showed that her talent was more than physical. But then she appeared in a poor offering like Slaughter (1972). In the 1970s and 1980s, Stella became a fixture in movies made for television and appeared in a number of television series. Her big screen career may have slowed during that time, but she has appeared in a number of movies in every decade since she debuted.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

Spouse (1)

Noble Herman Stephens (1 September 1954 - 19??) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (4)

Platinum blonde hair
Sparkling blue eyes
Voluptuous figure
Deep sultry voice

Trivia (14)

Mother of Andrew Stevens.
Some sources list her birthplace as Hot Coffee, Mississippi.
Voluptuous figure reported to be a perfect 36C-24-36 as a starlet (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
She was discovered modeling in the tea room of Goldsmith's Department Store in Memphis, Tennessee, where a press-agent from United Artists told her if she could get to New York while he was there, he could introduce her to the executives at 20th Century Fox.
Recently she was voted one of the 100 sexiest women of the century; she was number 27.
In July 2004, she was a guest at the Western Film Fair in Charlotte, North Carolina, along with Andrew Prine, Heather Lowe, Lane Bradbury, Sonny Shroyer and Jeremy Slate.
Ex-mother-in-law of Kate Jackson.
Nude model, actress and adult film star Kitten Natividad worked for Stevens as a maid during the mid-1960s before herself breaking into the movies.
Longtime partner of guitarist Bob Kulick.
Playboy Playmate of the Month January 1960. Also appeared in Playboy in 1965 and 1968.
In 1981, she produced and directed a documentary profiling a variety of women from many walks of life, entitled The American Heroine (1979). Her film crew was comprised largely of film students from the University of Texas at Arlington. They had first worked with Stella in 1979 when she traveled to Texas to act for them, free of charge, in a short class film they were making, entitled "Lewis", directed by film student Tim Hatcher.
Did not want to appear in the film Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) and was nearly suspended by Paramount. Her protests hurt her relationship with the studio. She has stated several times that she refuses to watch this film.
Has appeared with her son Andrew Stevens in four films: Las Vegas Lady (1975), Down the Drain (1990), The Terror Within II (1991) and Illicit Dreams (1994).
Thomas Burnett Swann dedicated two of his novels to her: Lady of the Bees, and Will-O-the-Wisp.

Personal Quotes (2)

I did the best I could with the tools I had and the opportunities given me. My life was screwed up early by getting pregnant at 15 and married, then a baby at 16, then divorced at 17. But in spite of that start, I've done all right.
It's been my heart's desire [to direct] since I started doing movies. I directed two films in the '70s and 80's. One was a feature-length documentary. But I've still not made my debut with a big film. I'm working on doing that now... So why has it taken me so long? Because it was hard as a "sexpot", as I was labeled in the '60s and '70s, to have people take me seriously as a producer or director. They would rather see me without my clothes on.

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