Connie Stevens Part Two

Connie Stevens Part Two

Connie Stevens Part Two

I’m finishing up on her, with Connie Stevens Part Two, but she’ll be back soon on my website with some more blogs soon.

Broadway And Nightclubs

Stevens in 1968 starred in the Broadway production of Neil Simon‘s The Star-Spangled Girl with Anthony Perkins and Richard Benjamin. While she continued to appear in television series such as ABC Stage 67, Rowan & Martin‘s Laugh-In, and Love, American Style, Stevens enjoyed performing live, so in 1968 she also began appearing regularly in nightclubs in Las Vegas, where her shows were well received by both audiences and entertainment critics.


TV Movies

Stevens had a small role in a TV movie The Littlest Angel (1969 ). She made Mister Jerico (1970) for British TV and had a support role in The Grissom Gang (1971 ).

Stevens starred in the TV movies Call Her Mom( 1972 ), Playmates (1972 ), Every Man Needs One( 1972 ), and The Sex Symbol (1974 ).
She turned down the Valerie Perrine role in Lenny because of its nudity.
She had the lead in a feature Scorchy (1976 ).
In the 1970s, Stevens started singing the Ace Is The Place theme song on Ace Hardware TV commercials in Southern California, and was a guest on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast a few times.

In the spring of 1977, Stevens appeared in a first-season episode of The Muppet Show.



1980s

She was in Love‘s Savage Fury (1979 ), Murder Can Hurt You! (1980 ), Scruples(1980 ), Aloha Paradise, Side Show (1981 ), Harry‘s Battles (1981 ), and Grease 2(1982 ).

Stevens guest starred on Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Hotel, Detective in the House, Murder, She Wrote and Tales from the Darkside.

She had support roles in Rowdies (1986 ), Back to the Beach (1987 ), Tapeheads(1988 ), and Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988 ).

She also was seen numerous times on the Bob Hope USO specials, including his Christmas Show from the Persian Gulf (1988 ).

In 1988 Stevens said I still want to make movies with Marlon Brando. But first I‘ve got to get hot. That‘s what I‘m trying to do get hot. I‘m still waiting for the big role. I haven’t peaked yet.
She elaborated:

Stevens had a regular role on the sitcom Starting from Scratch (1988 ). She said at the time, TV is not my favorite medium; the work is hard, you don’t have any life, and I feel like I‘ve already been a champion in it, but the economics of the business is you need momentum to get hot. I‘m using this to get me into movies. The show only lasted one season.



Directing

Stevens later appearances include Ellen, Love is All There Is, Baywatch, CluelessJames Dean: Race with Destiny (1997 ), Returning Mickey Stern, Titus, Wild Card, Simple Rules, Fat Actress, The Wedding Album.

She wrote and directed a documentary, A Healing( 1997) and co-wrote and directed thriller Saving Grace B. Jones (2006 ). She was also head of successful cosmetic company.
She could also be seen in Double Duty (2009 ), Just Before I Go (2014 ), Search Engines (2016 ).

With James Garner
In 1969, Stevens toured with the Bob Hope USO tour to Guam and Southeast Asia.
In 1987, she, Barbara Eden and Lee Greenwood toured with Bob Hope on his USO tour to the Persian Gulf. Among her charitable works, she founded the Wind feather project to award scholarships to Native Americans, and supports CancerGroup.com. In 1991 Stevens received the Lady of Humanities Award from Shriners Hospital and the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the Sons of Italy in Washington, D.C.
Stevens developed her own cosmetic skin care product line, Forever Spring, and in the 1990s opened the Connie Stevens Garden Sanctuary Day Spa in Los Angeles.
In 1994, accompanied by her two daughters, she issued her first recording in several years, Tradition: A Family at Christmas, In 1997, Stevens wroteedited, and directed a documentary entitled A Healing, about Red Cross nurses who served during the Vietnam War. The following year it won the title of Best Film at the Santa Clarita International Film Festival. She made nightclub appearances and headlined in major Las Vegas showrooms.
Her feature-length directorial debut, Saving Grace B. Jones, was released in 2009.
Stevens appeared in the 2014 film Just Before I Go, and has a featured role in 2016‘s Search Engines, co-starring daughter Joely Fisher.



Personal life

Stevens in the 1990s
Stevens was married twice during her twenties: her first husband was actor James Stacy from 1963 until their 1966 divorce, and her second husband was singer Eddie Fisher from 1967 until their 1969 divorce. She is the mother of actresses Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher.
Stevens has a star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in Palm Springs, California, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6249 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California, and a star on the Italian Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario.
On September 23, 2005, Stevens was elected secretary-treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild, the union‘s second-highest elected position. She succeeded James Cromwell, who did not seek re-election.
Stevens has contributed thousands of dollars over the years to the Republican Party, including donations to the Republican Congressional Committee and to both of Arizona Senator John McCain‘s runs for president (2000 and 2008).
On June 29, 2013, the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution‘s President General, Merry Ann Wright, presented Stevens with the Founder‘s Medal for Patriotism, for her 40+ years of work with the USO.



Discography


Albums

Concetta (1958 )
Connie Stevens as Cricket in the Warner Bros. Series Hawaiian Eye (1960 )
From Me to You (1962 )
The Hank Williams Song Book (1962 )
Sixteen Reasons (2008 )
Tradition A Family at Christmas (2010) (Connie Stevens with her two daughters,Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher).
The Complete Warner Bros. Singles (2012 ).
Sensational (2012 ).
The Very Best of Connie Stevens (2012 ).

Filmography


Films
Young and Dangerous ( 1957 ).
Eighteen and Anxious ( 1957 ).
Dragstrip Riot ( 1958 ).
Rock-A-Bye Baby ( 1958 ).
The Party Crashers ( 1958 ).
Parrish ( 1961 ).
Susan Slade ( 1961 ).
Palm Springs Weekend ( 1963 ).
Two on a Guillotine ( 1965 ).
Never Too Late ( 1965 ).
Way Way Out ( 1966 ).
The Last Generation ( 1971 ).
The Grissom Gang ( 1971 ).
Scorchy ( 1976 ).
Sgt. Pepper‘s Lonely Hearts Club Band ( 1978) (Cameo).
Grease 2 ( 1982 ).
Back to the Beach ( 1987 ).
Tapeheads ( 1988 ).
Love Is All There Is ( 1996 ).
Returning Mickey Stern ( 2002 ).
Saving Grace B. Jones ( 2009 ).
Double Duty ( 2009 ).
Just Before I Go ( 2014 ).

Television

The Bob Cummings Show ( 1958 ).
The Ann Sothern Show ( 1958 ).
77 Sunset Strip ( 1958-1960).
Cheyenne ( 1959 ).
Hawaiian Eye ( 1959 1963).
Maverick ( 1959 ).
Wendy and Me ( 1964 1965).
The Littlest Angel ( 1969 ).
Love American Style Episode: Love and the Legal Agreement (1969 ).
Mister Jerico ( 1970 ).
Call Her Mom ( 1972 ).
Playmates ( 1972 ).
Every Man Needs One ( 1972 ).
The Sex Symbol ( 1974 ).
The Muppet Show ( Episode 102) (1976 ).
Love‘s Savage Fury ( 1979 ).
Scruples ( 1980) (miniseries).
Murder Can Hurt You ( 1980 ).
Side Show ( 1981 ).
The Love Boat Episode: Same Wavelength (1982 ).
Murder, She Wrote Episode: Murder Digs Deep (1985 ).
Tales from the Darkside Episode: Unhappy Medium (1986 ).
Starting from Scratch ( 1988 1989).
Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis ( 1988 ).
James Dean: Race with Destiny ( 1997 ).
Becoming Dick ( 2000 ).
8 Simple Rules Episode: Daddy‘s Girl (2004 ).
Fat Actress Episode: Crack for Good (2005 ).

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