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Also Known As: Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingolia Died:
Born: August 8, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA Profession: actor, singer, businesswoman

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Actress and singer Connie Stevens was a vivacious presence on television and the pop charts in the early 1960s, thanks to her popularity as Cricket Blake on the hit detective show "Hawaiian Eye" (ABC, 1959-1963) and singles like "Sixteen Reasons." Stevens' perky turn as Cricket, a singer and sometime photographer who aided a pair of Honolulu hotel detectives in solving crimes, granted her a brief time as an idol for younger viewers, but after the show's cancellation, she struggled to maintain her presence in the entertainment business. After her divorce from singer Eddie Fisher in 1969, which gave her daughters Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher, Stevens doggedly pursued her career as an actress and nightclub crooner throughout the 1970s and 1980s. A reversal of fortune came in the 1990s when she launched a successful line of cosmetics. Throughout the ups and downs of her life, Stevens maintained the same sparkle she showed as Cricket Blake, which endeared her to several generations of fans.

Actress and singer Connie Stevens was a vivacious presence on television and the pop charts in the early 1960s, thanks to her popularity as Cricket Blake on the hit detective show "Hawaiian Eye" (ABC, 1959-1963) and singles like "Sixteen Reasons." Stevens' perky turn as Cricket, a singer and sometime photographer who aided a pair of Honolulu hotel detectives in solving crimes, granted her a brief time as an idol for younger viewers, but after the show's cancellation, she struggled to maintain her presence in the entertainment business. After her divorce from singer Eddie Fisher in 1969, which gave her daughters Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher, Stevens doggedly pursued her career as an actress and nightclub crooner throughout the 1970s and 1980s. A reversal of fortune came in the 1990s when she launched a successful line of cosmetics. Throughout the ups and downs of her life, Stevens maintained the same sparkle she showed as Cricket Blake, which endeared her to several generations of fans.

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DIRECTOR:


CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Returning Mickey Stern (2003) Eloise
2.
 Becoming Dick (2000) Herself
3.
 James Dean: Race With Destiny (1997) Jane Deacy
4.
 Love Is All There Is (1996) Miss Deluca
5.
 Bring Me the Head of Dobie Gillis (1988) Thalia Menniger
6.
 Tapeheads (1988) June Tager
7.
 Back To The Beach (1987) Connie
8.
9.
 Grease 2 (1982) Ms Mason
10.
 Side Show (1981) Graciela
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Milestones close milestones

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Professional acting debut in Hollywood Repertory Theatre production, "Finian's Rainbow"
1957:
Feature debut in unbilled bit, "Eighteen and Anxious"
1957:
Feature acting debut, "Young and Dangerous"
1959:
TV series regular debut, playing Cricket on the ABC detective drama, "Hawaiian Eye"
:
Founded Shane Productions
:
Star of TV sitcom, "Wendy and Me"
1967:
Broadway debut, "Star Spangled Girl"
1969:
TV-movie debut, "The Little Angel"
1971:
Regular on a comedy variety series, "The Des O'Connor Show"
1980:
Debut in a TV miniseries, "Scruples"
:
Joined cast of syndicated series "Baywatch" as the mother of Pamela Anderson Lee's character
1997:
Made acclaimed documentary "A Healing", about women who served in the military during the Vietnam War
2000:
Addressed the Republican National Convention
:
Returned to regular series work as co-star of the 2000-2001 midseason replacement sitcom "These Women"
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Education

Sacred Heart Academy: -
Hollywood Professional School: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

She was the founder of Project Windfeather (dedicated to helping Native American Indians).

In the 1980s, Stevens founded her own cosmetics line called Forever Spring

Stevens opened a spa called The Garden Sanctuary in Beverly Hills in 1999 and later in the year opened a second one in Monterey.

Stevens co-launched Babylon Records in 2000.

Companions close complete companion listing

husband:
James Stacy. Actor. Divorced.
husband:
Eddie Fisher. Actor. Divorced.

Family close complete family listing

mother:
Eleanor Megna. Died on December 17, 1993 at age 79.
brother:
Charles Ignolia. Musician. Died March 2, 1996 of heart attack.
half-sister:
Ava Megna Bonamy.
half-brother:
John Megna. Actor. Died in 1995 from complications from AIDS.
daughter:
Joely Fisher. Actor, singer. Born October 29, 1967.
daughter:
Tricia Leigh Fisher. Actor, singer. Born 1970.
nephew:
Peter Ingolia. Model.
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