Stella Stevens Dies: Stella Stevens, the Nutty Professor and Poseidon Adventure actor was 84


Stella Stephens, the mysterious actress from The Poseiden Adventure and The Nutty Professor, has died at 84.

. Stella Stevens is best known for her role as Stella Purdy (1963), and her appearance with Elvis Presley Girls! Girls! Girls! John O’Brien, her son and actor-producer Andrew Stevens confirmed her death.Another

Playboy centerfold, Stevens was part of the launch of her Hollywood career. Through the 1960s, she signed the dotted line to Columbia and Paramount. She also appeared alongside Elvis Presley in Girls Girls! Girls! was her role. She played Stella Purdy opposite Jerry Lewis’ Prof. Julius Kelp in The Nutty Professor, then acted in such films as Advance to the Rear, Synanon, The Silencers, Rage, How to Save a Marriage and Ruin Your Life, The Mad Room, and more.

By the time the '70s rolled around, Stevens was busy appearing in multiple films and TV series. She played Yvonne Kellerman in

Stand Up and Be Counted, Ann in Slaughter, and Linda Rogo in one of the most notable films of her career, The Poseidon Adventure. All of these roles were played in 1972! Stevens was a hot commodity in Hollywood. Stevens was a star in Hollywood, and everyone wanted to be with her. Speaking of television, you can find Steven acting in such series as Bonanza

, Ben Casey, Wonder Woman, The Love Boat, Police Story, Hart to Hart, Newhart, Magnum, P.I., Night Court, The Commish, Arli$$, Silk Stalkings, and Murder, She Wrote.“I did the best I could with the tools I had and the opportunities given me,” Stevens once said about her storied career.

“I was a single mom with a toddler when I was 17. Playboy did just as much harm as it did good. Despite that rough start, I did okay.”Her three grandchildren and son survived Stevens. JoBlo has fond memories of Stevens’ many performances. We wish her peace. We send our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, fans. We wish you safe travels, Ms. Stevens. You had the energy to spare and we are grateful for the time we shared together.

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