[ Show ]
Support VoyForums
[ Shrink ]
VoyForums Announcement: Programming and providing support for this service has been a labor of love since 1997. We are one of the few services online who values our users' privacy, and have never sold your information. We have even fought hard to defend your privacy in legal cases; however, we've done it with almost no financial support -- paying out of pocket to continue providing the service. Due to the issues imposed on us by advertisers, we also stopped hosting most ads on the forums many years ago. We hope you appreciate our efforts.

Show your support by donating any amount. (Note: We are still technically a for-profit company, so your contribution is not tax-deductible.) PayPal Acct: Feedback:

Donate to VoyForums (PayPal):

Login ] [ Contact Forum Admin ] [ Main index ] [ Post a new message ] [ Search | Check update time | Archives: 12345678910 ]
Subject: Archive: Inger Stevens, Apr. 30, 1970

[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]
Date Posted: Thursday, April 30, 11:48:30am

HOLLYWOOD, April 30 (UPI) ¡ªInger Stevens, the blonde actress who played the beguil ing housekeeper on ¡°The Farm er's Daughter¡± television series for three years, was found dead in her home today.

The cause of the 35©\year©\old actress's death was listed as ¡°acute barbiturate intoxica tion.¡±

The coroner's office said fur ther tests were under way to determine how the pills came to be taken and whether the death would be ruled a suicide.

Miss Stevens died on the way to a hospital after she was found semi©\conscious in her home.

¡®A Hard Luck Girl¡¯

Miss Stevens was one of the few actresses who was able to win fame in television and then move on to stardom in the movies. Despite her successes, she was, in her own words, ¡°very much a hard luck girl.¡±

On New Year's Day, 1959, she swallowed 25 sleeping pills and a quantity of ammonia in an attempt to take her own life. On another occasion she nar rowly missed being killed in a fiery plane crash.

In an interview some years ago, Miss Stevens said that in addition to these near©\catastro phies, she often felt depressed over ¡°many other sorrows, in cluding the fact I came from a broken home, my marriage was a disaster, and I am con stantly feeling lonely.¡±

The actress was born Oct. 48, 1934 in Stockholm. When she was 13, her father, Per Stensland, brought her to this country to live with him, fol lowing the breakup of his mar riage. At the time Mr. Stensland was studying on a Fulbright scholarship at Harvard, but he later remarried and moved to Manhattan, Kan.

Unhappy there, she ran away to Kansas City at 16, and worked as a waitress and then as a $60©\a©\week dancer in a burlesque show. Her father found her, however, and made her return home. After gradua tion from high school, she came to New York, where she met Anthony Soglio, an agent who put her under contract and changed her last name to Stevens.

They were married in 1955, but separated after four months, and in 1958 they were divorced. Miss Stevens did not remarry.

While working in television commercials and as a chorus girl at the Latin Quarter, Miss Stevens took acting lessons from Lee Strasberg of the Act ors Studio. Soon she was being seen on such television series as ¡°Studio One,¡± ¡°Kraft Thea ter.¡± and ¡°Playhouse 90.¡±

Miss Stevens appeared in New England stock company productions of ¡°The Women¡± and ¡°Glad Tidings.¡± She made her Broadway stage debut in ¡°Debut¡± in 1957, but the play folded quickly. It did, however, bring her to the attention of Hollywood, and the following year she made her first film, ¡°Man on Fire.¡± Her co©\star was Bing Crosby, with whom she had a highly publicized romance. He later married Kathryn Grant.

Among her other films were ¡°Cry Terror,¡± ¡°The World, the Flesh and the Devil,¡± ¡°The Buccaneer,¡± ¡°Five Card Stud,¡± and ¡°Guide for the Married Man.¡± Her latest was ¡°A Dream of Kings,¡± with Anthony Quinn.

In 1963 Miss Stevens replaced Barbara Bel Geddes as star of the Broadway play ¡°Mary, Mary.¡± That same year she be gan a three©\year stint on TV as star of the American Broad casting Company's ¡°The Farm er's Daughter.¡±

Bad luck always plagued her, Miss Stevens said. She col lapsed, along with 11 others filming ¡°Cry Terror¡± in the Hudson Tubes, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning. Her jaw was dislocated while film ing a ¡°Zane Grey Theater¡± TV show. In 1959, after a depress ing New Year's Eve party, she attempted suicide. And in 1961, she was the last passenger to leave a jet that crashed on landing at Libson and exploded half©\minute after her exit.

¡°I know there's got to be some reason I survived,¡± she said. ¡°I hope to leave some thing behind me, some contri bution. You know, I'm rather fortunate to be here at all.¡±

In recent years Miss Stevens had been busy making films, and was scheduled to begin new TV series in the fall. She took an active interest in the California Council for Mentally Retarded Children, of which she was chairman.

She shared her home in Lau rel Canyon with a woman friend, Lola McNally, who found her body. Miss Stevens is sur vived by her father, mother and a brother, Karl.

[ Next Thread | Previous Thread | Next Message | Previous Message ]

Subject Author Date
Tribute.Thursday, April 30, 04:26:33pm
Wasn't she in a Twilight Zone episode? (NT)I seem to recallFriday, May 01, 01:58:50pm

Login ] Create Account Not required to post.
Post a public reply to this message | Go post a new public message
* HTML allowed in marked fields.
Message subject (required):

Name (required):

  E-mail address (optional):

* Type your message here:

Choose Message Icon: [ View Emoticons ]

Notice: Copies of your message may remain on this and other systems on internet. Please be respectful.

[ Contact Forum Admin ]

Forum timezone: GMT-8
VF Version: 3.00b, ConfDB:
Before posting please read our privacy policy.
VoyForums(tm) is a Free Service from Voyager Info-Systems.
Copyright © 1998-2019 Voyager Info-Systems. All Rights Reserved.