|Connie Stevens Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||August 8, 1938|
Connie Stevens is an American actress, film director, singer, screenwriter, editor, and entrepreneur, best known for her role of Chryseis “Cricket” Blake in the television series Hawaiian Eye from 1959 to 1963. Her career started 2 years earlier when she landed minor roles in movies such as Young and Dangerous and Eighteen and Anxious, which got her noticed by a comedian Jerry Lewis. He gave her a role in Rock-A-Bye Baby film in 1958. During that time, she also worked on her music career and released her 1st album Concetta (1958), as well as 2 singles – Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb and Sixteen Reasons, both of which reached the top 5 spots on Billboard‘s Singles chart in 1959.
Connie also had notable appearances in Wendy & Me TV series from 1964 to 1965, in a 1967 Broadway play The Star-Spangled Girl, as well as Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In (1969) TV series, Love, American Style TV show in 1969, along with one of her most prominent television roles, playing Shelley Sands in an episode of Baywatch in 1996. She appeared in movies such as Grease 2 (1982) as Miss Mason, Back to the Beach (1987) as Connie, Tapeheads (1988) as a character June Tager, Love Is All There Is (1996), Returning Mickey Stern (2002) as Dr. Eloise Vanderwild and others. In 2009, Connie Stevens wrote, directed, and did a voiceover for Saving Grace B. Jones, a film starring actors such as Michael Biehn, Tatum O’Neal, Scott Wilson, Piper Laurie, as well as Connie’s own daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher.
Concetta Rosalie Anna Ingolia
Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
After her parents divorced, she lived with her grandparents and went to different Catholic boarding schools.
Later in life, Connie enrolled into The Georgia Massey Professional School in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, where she sang professionally and appeared in a local theater.
After settling in Los Angeles, Stevens attended Sacred Heart Academy.
Actress, Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Singer, Editor, Singer, Entrepreneur
- Father – Peter Ingoglia (Teddy Stevens) (Singer)
- Mother – Eleanor McGinley (Singer)
- Siblings – Charles Stevens (Deceased, 1996) (Drummer), John Megna (Younger Half-Brother) (Actor)
- Others – Charles Ingoglia (Paternal Grandfather), Concetta Katherine Coletti (Paternal Grandmother), Charles Jonathan McGinley (Maternal Grandfather), Sarah “Sadie” Asher (Maternal Grandmother), Jakob/Jacob Coletti (Paternal Grand-Grandfather), Hugh McGinley (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Mary Gilligan (Maternal Grand-Grandmother), Isidore Harry Asher (Maternal Grand-Grandfather), Esther/Ester “Essie” White (Maternal Grand-Grandmother)
Connie Stevens is represented by –
- The Brogan Agency in Venice, California, United States
- Imperium 7 Talent Agency in Los Angeles, California, United States
5 ft 2 in or 157.5 cm
54 kg or 119 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Connie Stevens has dated –
- Bill Medley – She dated the American singer Bill Medley at one point in the past.
- Gardner McKay – Connie and the American novelist Gardner McKay was in a relationship in the past.
- Scott Brady – Actor Scott Brady and Connie dated in the 60s.
- Neil Armstrong – After breaking up with Scott, she dated the legendary American astronaut Neil Armstrong in the 60s as well.
- Bo Belinsky – She was rumored to have been dating Bo Belinsky, a baseball player, around 1955.
- Gary Clarke (1958-1961) – She dated the American actor Gary Clarke for 3 years from 1958 to 1961.
- John Ashley (1961) – Connie and John, another well known American actor had an encounter in 1961.
- Glenn Ford (1962) – Connie and the Canadian actor Glenn Ford dated in 1962.
- Elvis Presley (1962) – After breaking up with Glenn, she said that Elvis, the legendary singer, and musician, Elvis Presley called her while she was on set of Hawaiian Eye (1959-1963) and asked her out on a date. They dated sporadically for a year, but their relationship made a deep impact on Connie, and she said that he was one of the loves of her life, and she could have spent a lifetime with Elvis.
- James Stacy (1963-1966) – She started dating the actor James Stacy for around 9 months after getting together in January 1963. They got married on October 12, 1963, and had been married up until November 2, 1966, when their divorce was finalized.
- Eddie Fisher (1966-1969) – She met singer Eddie Fisher a month before her previous marriage was over, in October 1966. After 4 months of dating, the pair got married on February 9, 1967. As a result of their marriage, they had 2 daughters, Joely Fisher (b. October 29, 1967), and Tricia Leigh Fisher (b. December 26, 1968). She divorced Eddie on June 12, 1969.
- John McCain (1997) – She dated the well-known politician and Vietnam war veteran John McCain in 1997. They met due to a political background they both shared, but broke it off the same year.
Race / Ethnicity
She is of Italian (Sicilian) descent, as well as Irish, Ashkenazi Jewish, Polish-Jewish, and German-Jewish descent.
- Fuller lips
- Striking blue eyes
- Curly or straight blonde hair
Connie Stevens created and endorsed her own brands – Forever Spring and NuSonic that focus on skin and makeup products, as well as singing commercials for Ace Hardware.
She also supported Adopt a Platoon and Wounded Warriors Project in 2014 and 2017, charities dedicated to military personnel that are in retirement or wounded on service.
Best Known For
- Starring in a Hawaiian Eye TV series from 1959 to 1963 as Chryseis ‘Cricket’ Blake
- Forming a vocal quartet The Foremost, forming a vocal group The Three Debs in 1953
- Directing a documentary A Healing (1997), film Saving Grace B. Jones (2009) she also did a voiceover for
- Starring in Grease 2 (1982) as Miss Mason, and Back to the Beach (1987) as Connie
- Releasing multiple albums between 1958 and 2012, such as Concetta (1958), From Me to You (1962), Sixteen Reasons (2008), and others
Connie’s debut album was titled Concetta and it came out in 1958. It featured singles such as Blame It On My Youth, Looking For A Boy, and Spring Is Here.
Connie Stevens made her theatrical film debut in the film Young and Dangerous in 1957, in which she had the role of Candy.
First TV Show
She made her TV show debut as Patience Preston in the Misfire episode of Sugarfoot in 1957.
It is unknown if Connie still works out as of 2019, but good genetics played a large part in her physique.
Connie Stevens Favorite Things
- Activity – Supporting Charities, Directing Films, Singing
Source – Twitter
Connie Stevens Facts
- Both of her parents were jazz musicians, but she grew up with her grandparents after her parents divorced.
- Connie adopted her father’s stage name, Stevens, as her own. Her father’s name was Peter Ingoglia but took a stage name of Teddy Stevens for his career as a singer.
- She quickly lost her typical Brooklyn accent, which socialites and artists such as Fran Drescher, Edie Falco, Howard Stern, Michael Kors are known for.
- She used to be a stepmother to the actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in Star Wars in 1977, 1980, 1983, and 2017, and her brother Todd Fisher, who was a film director and producer.
- Connie was a President of the Gary Gray Fan Club when she was a child. After her acting career picked up the pace, she had the chance to co-star with the well-known actor in The Party Crashers movie in 1958. They also appeared together at the Lone Pine Film Festival in California in 2001.
- Connie has multiple grandchildren from her 2 daughters. Joely Fisher had 3 kids with her husband, Christopher Duddy, daughter Skylar Fisher-Duddy (b. June 14, 2001), True Fisher-Duddy (b. February 2, 2006), and adopted daughter Olivia Luna (b. September 2008). Her other daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher, has sons Holden Chabot, and Wilder Thames (b. May 30, 2009).
- She was pronounced “Queen of Brooklyn” at the 1987 Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival.
- She guest-starred at the very 1st Muppet Show that was taped. It was actually not the show that aired in 1976.
- She guest-starred at a well-known TV show Password All-Stars (1961).
- She was good friends with Shani Wallis, an English actress known for movie Oliver! (1968), as well as Poncie Ponce, who played Lt. Joe O’Hara in The Gallant Men (1963).
- Connie had a stroke in January of 2016.
- Her reported salary for Young and Dangerous (1957) was $600 a week, while she received $300 per week for Hawaiian Eye TV series in 1959.
- Her music career started when she formed her own vocal group named The Foremost. The males that were her backup singers later became a well-known pop trio The Lettermen. In 1954, Connie formed an all-female trio from singers she knew from other vocal groups she attended and named it The Three Debs.
- Her daughter, Joely Fisher, is an actress, entrepreneur, and author, and wrote a book titled Growing up Fisher, which went on sale on November 14, 2017. Connie starred alongside her daughter in Search Engines (2016).
- She starred alongside her other daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher, in Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988), as well as the film she directed, Saving Grace B. Jones (2009).
- The film she directed, wrote and did a voiceover for was inspired by her own life story. Connie grew up in Brooklyn, and witnessed a murder on the street at the age of 12, after which she moved to Boonville, Missouri, United States, just as did the character in the film. She said writing the screenplay was a cathartic experience, as she was still haunted by her troubled childhood, and she kept those emotions bottled up for a long time.
- She was a philanthropist and politically active. She attended many United Service Organization tours in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf to entertain troops stationed there.
- For her engagement with USO, she received the Decoration for Distinguished Civilian Service. That’s the highest military honor that can be awarded to civilians.
- Connie had also worked with Project Windfeather, a charity providing scholarships for children of Native American race and ethnicity, as well as Dignity, a foundation specializing in providing job training for mentally or physically challenged people.
- In the late 80s, she had to pursue another career, as her funds were drying out and she had a family to take care of. That led her to start a cosmetics line named Forever Spring in 1989 after which she got a contract with the Home Shopping Network for marketing.
- In 2000, the Forever Spring line had more than 300 products and around 3 million women who were buying them, earning the brand more than $0.5 billion in sales annually. The brand was still in full swing as of 2019.
- Visit her official website @ conniestevens.com
- Follow her on Twitter.
Featured Image by Connie Stevens / Twitter