Connie Stevens Part One
I checked, and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t done her, so I’m doing Connie Stevens Part One, so please enjoy.
Connie Stevens (born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia; August 8, 1938) is an American actress, director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor and singer. She played the role of “Cricket“ Blake in the television series Hawaiian Eye.
Stevens in the 1960s
Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia
August 8, 1938 ( age 81).
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, U.S.
Actress, director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer, editor, singer.
( m. 1963; div. 1966).
( m. 1967; div. 1969).
Tricia Leigh Fisher.
John Megna (half-brother).
Stevens was born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of musician Peter Ingoglia (known as Teddy Stevens) and singer Eleanor McGinley. Her mother was of half Irish and half Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Stevens is ofItalian, Irish, German-Jewish and Polish-Jewish descent. She adopted her father‘s stage name of Stevens as her own. Her parents divorced and she lived with her grandparents and attended Catholic boarding schools. Actor John Megna (1952—1995) was her half-brother.
At the age of 12, she witnessed a murder in Brooklyn and was sent to live with family friends in Boonville, Missouri.
Coming from a musical family, Stevens joined the singing group called The Fourmost with Tony Butala, who went on to fame as founder of The Lettermen. Stevens moved to Los Angeles with her father in 1953.
When she was 16, she replaced the alto in a singing group, The Three Debs. She enrolled at a professional school (The Georgia Massey Professional School in the San Fernando Valley), sang professionally, and appeared in local repertory theater.
Her first notable film role was in Young and Dangerous (1957) with Mark Damon, alow budget teen movie. She could also be seen in Eighteen and Anxious (1957 ); an episode of The Bob Cummings Show (“ Bob Goes Hillbilly“); and a teen car chase movie, Dragstrip Riot (1958 ).
Stevens‘ big break came when Jerry Lewis saw her in the latter and recommended her for Rock-A-Bye Baby (1958) as the young girl who loves Lewis, made at Paramount. In December 1957 she signed a seven year contract with Paramount starting at $600 a week going up to $1,500 a week.
Stevens made another film with Damon, The Party Crashers (1958 ), also at Paramount. Paramount dropped her.
Warner Bros. and Hawaiian Eye
In May 1959 she signed a seven year contract with Warner Bros. starting at $300 a week. Like many Warners contract players, Stevens was kept busy guest-starring on their regular TV shows like The Ann Sothern Show, Maverick, Tenderfoot, 77 Sunset Strip and Cheyenne.
Stardom came when she was cast as Cricket Blake in the popular television detective series Hawaiian Eye from 1959 to 1963, a role that made her famous; her principal costar was Robert Conrad.
First televised on December 23, 1960, she appeared (uncredited) in “The Dresden Doll“, Episode 15 of Season 3 of “77 Sunset Strip“ as her character from “HawaiianEye,“ Cricket Blake.
In a televised interview on August 26, 2003, on CNN‘s Larry King Live, Stevens recounted that while on the set of Hawaiian Eye she was told she had a telephone call from Elvis Presley. “She didn’t believe it, but in fact it was Elvis, who invited her to a party and said that he would come to her house and pick her up personally“; they subsequently dated.