Stella Stevens (born October 1, 1938) is an American film, television, and stage actress who began her acting career in 1959 and starred in such popular films as The Nutty Professor (1963), The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963), The Silencers (1966), Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows (1968), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), and The Poseidon Adventure (1972).
Stevens also appeared in numerous television series, miniseries, and movies, including Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1960, 1988), Bonanza (1960), The Love Boat (1977, 1983), Hart to Hart (1979), Newhart (1983), Murder, She Wrote (1985), Magnum, P.I. (1986), Highlander: The Series (1995), and Twenty Good Years (2006). In 1960 she won a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress. Stevens has also worked as a film producer, director, and writer. She appeared in three Playboy pictorials, and was Playmate of the Month for January 1960.
She was born Estelle Caro Eggleston on October 1, 1938 in Yazoo City, Mississippi, the only child of Thomas Ellett Eggleston and Dovey Estelle (née Caro). Her great-grandfather was Henry Clay Tyler, an early settler from Boston and a jeweler who gave the Yazoo City courthouse cupola its