“She will be successful who is easy to start and hard to stop.”-Connie Stevens, American Actress
When I was young, my dad and I watched a lot of TV together. I must’ve been about 5 when he brought home our first TV, possibly a tabletop Philco (or possibly a Zenith or Emerson, don’t remember) that was pistachio and beige. Then when color TV came out, he made sure to bring that home, too…Sony Trinitron. I was 6 years old when Hawaiian Eye came on TV on channel 7, ABC. I thought that one of the stars, Connie Stevens, was so beautiful and I loved watching her. She then went on to make a few films, one of them was Parish with then teen heartthrob, Troy Donahue. Connie Stevens posseses many talents, she can sing, act, dance and was an entrepreneur of a beauty product line. Her daughter, whom you may have seen on several TV shows, is Joely Fisher, whose dad was the singer, Eddie Fisher.
“Her musical artistry began when she first sang in a group called The Three Debs at age 16. She then went on to record as a solo artist on the Warner Brothers label. Connie was the first artist signed on the newly formed Warner Brothers Records. She recorded two mega-hits in the early sixties, “Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)”, a duet with Ed, “Kookie” Burns, on of the stars of the TV series “77 Sunset Strip”, and the number one record in the country in 1961, “Sixteen Reasons”.Connie Stevens Official site
According to what I’ve read, Connie Stevens has had many ups and downs in her multi-careers and business ventures, but she has stayed on her course to keep on carrying on and doing the best she can. Ms Stevens has done a ton of philanthropic work for American Indians and Vietnam Veterans. “Connie Stevens has devoted much of her time and influence to help those less fortunate and her work with Native American Indians is widely recognized. Connie’s project Windfeather of 12 years has enabled the awarding of 83 college scholarships for Native American Youths, the delivery of surplus goods to Indian reservations nationwide and summer camps for Native American children who have never left the reservation.”–Connie Stevens Official site
Recently, in 2012, Connie Stevens produced, wrote and directed Saving Grace B. Jones, an independent movie “…set in 1951 and filmed in Boonville, Missouri, where the real-life events took place, the film tells its story through the eyes of ten-year-old Carrie (Rylee Fansler), who witnesses a fatal stabbing in Brooklyn. She’s sent to recover from the trauma by spending the summer in the heartland with family friends Landy (Michael Biehn), his wife Bea (Penelope Ann Miller) and their young daughter.”-Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, 12/13/12
HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY, CONNIE STEVENS!
Here she is with her hit, “16 Reasons:”