Inger Stevens

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Inger Stevens
BornInger Stensland
(1934-10-18)October 18, 1934
Stockholm, Sweden
DiedApril 30, 1970(1970-04-30) (aged 35)
Hollywood, California USA
Resting placeCremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Years active1954-1970
Spouse(s)
Anthony Soglio (1955–1958; divorced)
Ike Jones (November 18, 1961–April 30, 1970; her death)
 
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Inger Stevens
BornInger Stensland
(1934-10-18)October 18, 1934
Stockholm, Sweden
DiedApril 30, 1970(1970-04-30) (aged 35)
Hollywood, California USA
Resting placeCremated, Ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Years active1954-1970
Spouse(s)
Anthony Soglio (1955–1958; divorced)
Ike Jones (November 18, 1961–April 30, 1970; her death)

Inger Stevens (October 18, 1934 – April 30, 1970[1]) was a Swedish-American movie and TV actress.

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Early life

Inger Stevens was born Ingrid Stensland in Stockholm, Sweden. As a child she was often ill. When she was nine, her parents divorced and she moved with her father to New York City.[citation needed] At age 13 she and her father moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where she attended Manhattan High School. At 16 she worked in burlesque shows in Kansas City. At 18 she left Kansas for New York City where she worked as a chorus girl, and in the Garment District while taking classes at the Actors Studio.

Career

Stevens appeared on television series, commercials and in plays, until she got her big break in the movie Man on Fire starring Bing Crosby.

Roles in major films followed, but she achieved her greatest success in the ABC television series The Farmer's Daughter, with William Windom. Previously, Stevens appeared in episodes of Bonanza, Route 66, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Eleventh Hour, Sam Benedict and The Twilight Zone.

Following the cancellation of The Farmer's Daughter in 1966, Stevens appeared in several movies: A Guide for the Married Man (1967) with Walter Matthau, Hang 'Em High with Clint Eastwood, 5 Card Stud with Dean Martin, and Madigan with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark, all in 1968. Stevens was attempting to revive her television career with the detective drama series, The Most Deadly Game, when she died.

Personal life

Her first husband was her agent, Anthony Soglio, to whom she was married from 1955 to 1957. From 1961 until her death, she secretly was married to Ike Jones, an African-American actor. In addition to these marriages, she also had been romantically linked with Bing Crosby, Anthony Quinn, Dean Martin, Clint Eastwood, Harry Belafonte, Mario Lanza, and Burt Reynolds.

Death

On the morning of April 30, 1970, Stevens' sometime roommate and companion, Lola McNally, found Stevens on the kitchen floor of her Hollywood Hills home. According to McNally, when she called Stevens' name, Stevens opened her eyes, lifted her head and tried to speak, but was unable to make any sound. McNally told police that she had spoken to Stevens the previous night, without any sign that anything was wrong. Stevens died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. On arrival, medics removed a small bandage from her chin that revealed a small amount of what appeared to be fresh blood oozing from a cut, which appeared to have been a few hours old. Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Thomas Noguchi attributed Stevens' death to "acute barbiturate poisoning".[2]

Filmography

Television

Theatre

Awards and nominations

YearResultAwardCategorySeries
1958NominatedLaurel AwardsTop New Female Personality
1968NominatedBest Family Comedy SeriesA Guide for the Married Man
1964WonGolden GlobesBest TV Star — FemaleThe Farmer's Daughter
1962NominatedEmmy AwardOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleThe Dick Powell Show
1964NominatedOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead)The Farmer's Daughter

References

  1. ^ "Inger S Stevens". California Death Index, 1940-1997. Ancestry.com. http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?ti=0&indiv=try&db=cadeath1940&h=7058797. Retrieved July 1, 2011. "Name: Inger S Stevens; Social Security #: 511200818; Sex: Female; Birth Date: 18 Oct 1934; Birthplace: Sweden; Death Date: 30 Apr 1970; Death Place: Los Angeles" (subscription required)
  2. ^ Austin, John. Hollywood's Babylon Women, S.P.I. Books, 1994, accessed at Google Books, July 1, 2011.

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