Stella Stevens

Stella was Playmate of the Month for January 1960. Her pictorial was titled Dogpatch Playmate.

Stella was born Estelle Eggleston on Oct. 1, 1938, in Yazoo City, MS. Her parents moved to Memphis, TN, when she was four. She married aspiring electrician Noble Stephens when she was only 15 and gave birth to son Andrew a year later. After graduating from high school, she attended Memphis State College and divorced her husband.

At 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.

Stella’s Playmate of the Month pictorial made the January 1960 issue one of the most popular.

Stella co-starred with some of the biggest names in movies — among them 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. In the 1970s and 1980s, Stella became a fixture in movies made for television and appeared in a number of television series.

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