Estella Stevens was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi on October 1, 1938, her real name is “Estelle Eggleston”.
Recently she was voted one of the 100 sexiest women of the century, she was number 27. But in my opinion she deserves to be in the 1st place of the 100 sexiest women of the century.
Stella 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 Twentieth Century Fox.
She ended up under contract to Fox, then Columbia, then Paramount. During those years she made many movies, while being groomed for stardom by the best that Hollywood had to offer.
Her film career started in 1959 with a bit part in Say One For Me with Bing Crosby. In that time she made a bold career move by posing nude for Playboy in the January 1960 issue. This coincided with an excellent movie break in the film Li’l Abner, from the Paramount Studios, and Stella’s career was off and running. One of the first movies she made after the Playboy Photos was Girls! Girls! Girls!, in which she played Robin, a night club singer “hung up” on Elvis.Along the way she sings (parts of) Never Let Me Go, The Nearness of You, and Baby, Baby, Baby. She made a bigger impression the next year as Miss Purty in The Nutty Professor with Jerry Lewis. “At last I’ve established a position,” she said. ” The critics certainly singled her out in The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father from the MGM studios , that same year. Opposite Glenn Ford, she put in a fine perfomance as Dollye Dailey. As Ian and Elizabeth Cameron wrote in Dames, “Stella Stevens is adept at playing the wide-eyed innocents who leave behind them a trail of confusion, consternation, or embarrassment. She did this particularly well in The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father. Her starring roles in feature films continued through the sixties, playing opposite Dean Martin in the first Matt Helm vehicle, The Silencers from Colombia Pictures, and with Rosalind Russell in Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows in 1968. The seventies started off pretty good with Stella in one of her finest performances as the kind-hearted prostitute opposite Jason Robards in Peckinpah’s The Ballad of Cable Hogue. She was a prostitute once again in the disaster film The Poseidon Adventure in 1971. The first of the Irwin Allen all-star disaster films, it was a huge hit at the box office, but it was about the last we would see of Stella in “major motion pictures”. Since then, she seems to have made about a dozen “B” movies a year (and TV-movies). Although not necessarily tops with the critics, these kinds of films provide steady work. She had expressed a desire to direct as early as 1964, but it doesn’t seem to be happening yet. Her son, Andrew Stevens, on the other hand, has worn the hat of director, producer, screenwriter, as well as actors. Other films include THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE, with Jason Robards, CLEOPATRA JONES AND THE CASINO OF GOLD, with Tamara Dobson, THE MAD ROOM, with Shelley Winters, and THE LONGSHOT, with Tim Conway and Harvey Korman.
Director Sam Peckinpah called her “One of the Greats.”
She has directed two films; THE AMERICAN HEROINE and THE RANCH.
Stella’s hobby are her horses. She has three American Quarter Horses, and passionately loves to ride the high desert country hills and canyons. It is her favorite form of recreation.
A country girl at heart, she loves to grow and prepare her own food. She attributes her figure, (the same size forever) to eating well and exercising well. She’s a health and fitness nut. She has been working on a cookbook of her recipes.
She also plays tennis, shoots, skates, and skis. She enjoys walking, camping, fishing, swimming, river-rafting, archery, and fencing. She likes to watch baseball, football, basketball, boxing, track and field events, and winter sports, especially ice skating. Wow!, that´s a lot of sports dont you think?
Stella was recently celebrating her return to General Hospital as JAKE,owner of JAKE’S Bar and Nightclub,in the town of Port Charles. Her first novel, RAZZLE DAZZLE,that was published by Tor/Forge Books, in July OF 1999. She co-authored the book with William Hegner. RAZZLE DAZZLE is a sexy romp through the dazzling decades of the sixties, seventies, and eighties, containing a major character, Johnny Gault, who was inspired by Elvis Presley.
STELLA STEVEN´S products, the Sexy Fragrances, GOLD LABELand BLACK LABEL spray colognes, are being well-received, especiallyBLACK LABEL, which is thought of as a men’s fragrance, but is also lovedand used by many women! More body products are forthcoming in the future.
Her latest credits include; REEL TO REEL PICTURE SHOW, TV movie,THECHRISTMAS LIST, an episode of VIPER, and the villainous, MAMA MAX in the CBSmovie, DUKES OF HAZZARD REUNION. She did an episode of the cult-favorite series, THE HIGHLANDER, in which she played MARGARET, a 74 year old woman. She played a nosey neighborin the comedy movie, THE INVISIBLE MOM, the beautiful CGI MARY in VIRTUAL COMBAT, and AMANDA SIXKILLER in a RENEGADE episode.
Stella also has made a live action sequence for the video game Phantasmagoria!.
The last thing that I heard abaut her is that she is recently working on writing a book abaut her life. She hopes to finish it within two years from now.
For me she will always be a great Actress and one of the Most Beautiful and Charmin womens in the history of the North American Movies.