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.
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.
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.“
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.
Stevens later appearances include Ellen, Love is All There Is, Baywatch, Clueless, James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997 ), Returning Mickey Stern, Titus, Wild Card, 8 Simple Rules, Fat Actress, The Wedding Album.
She wrote and directed a documentary, A Healing( 1997) and co-wrote and directed a 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 ).