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Inger Stevens

Inger Stevens
Born Ingrid Stensland
(1934-10-18)October 18, 1934
Stockholm, Sweden
Died April 30, 1970(1970-04-30) (aged 35)
Hollywood, California, USA
Cause of death Drug-related overdose
Resting place Cremated; ashes scattered into the Pacific Ocean
Years active 1954–1970
Spouse(s) Anthony Soglio (1955–1958; divorced)
Ike Jones (1961–1970; her death) (disputed)
Awards Best TV Star – Female
1964 The Farmer's Daughter

Inger Stevens (October 18, 1934 – April 30, 1970)[1] was a Swedish-American film and TV actress.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
  • Personal life 3
  • Death 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Television 5.1
    • Theatre 5.2
  • Awards and nominations 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Inger Stevens was born Ingrid Stensland in Stockholm, Sweden. As a child she was often ill. When she was nine, her mother abandoned the family and her father moved to the United States, leaving Inger and her sister in the custody first of the family maid and then an aunt in Lidingo, near Stockholm.[2] In 1944 the girls moved with her father and his new wife to New York City, where he had found work teaching at Columbia University. At age 13 she and her father moved to Manhattan, Kansas, where she attended Manhattan High School. At 16 she worked in burlesque shows in Kansas City, Missouri. At eighteen, she left Kansas to return to New York City, where she worked as a chorus girl and in the Garment District while taking classes at the Actors Studio.[2]


Stevens appeared on television series, in commercials, and in plays until she got her big break in the film Man on Fire starring Bing Crosby.

Roles in major films followed, but she achieved her greatest success in the ABC television series The Farmer's Daughter with William Windom. Previously, Stevens appeared in episodes of Bonanza, Route 66, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Eleventh Hour, Sam Benedict and The Twilight Zone.

Following the cancellation of The Farmer's Daughter in 1966, Stevens appeared in several films: A Guide for the Married Man (1967) with Walter Matthau, Hang 'Em High with Clint Eastwood, 5 Card Stud with Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum, and Madigan with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark, all in 1968. Stevens was attempting to revive her television career with the detective drama series The Most Deadly Game when she died.

Personal life

Her first husband was her agent, Anthony Soglio, to whom she was married from 1955 to 1957. After her death Ike Jones, a black actor, claimed that he was secretly married to Stevens from 1961 to her death. This claim was put in doubt due to the lack of a marriage license, the maintenance of separate homes and the filing of tax documents as single people.[3] However, at the time Stevens's estate was being settled, the actress's brother, Carl O. Stensland, confirmed in court that his sister had hidden her marriage to Jones "out of fear for her career."[4]


On the morning of April 30, 1970, Stevens's sometime roommate and companion Lola McNally found her on the kitchen floor of her Hollywood Hills home. According to McNally, when she called Stevens' name, she opened her eyes, lifted her head, and tried to speak, but was unable to make any sound. McNally told police that she had spoken to Stevens the previous night and seen no sign of trouble. Stevens died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. On arrival, medics removed a small bandage from her chin that revealed a small amount of what appeared to be fresh blood oozing from a cut which appeared to have been a few hours old. Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Thomas Noguchi attributed Stevens's death to "acute barbiturate poisoning."[3]




  • Debut (1956)
  • Roman Candle (1960)
  • Mary, Mary (1962)

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Series
1958 Nominated Laurel Awards Top New Female Personality
1968 Nominated Best Family Comedy Series A Guide for the Married Man
1964 Won Golden Globes Best TV Star – Female The Farmer's Daughter
1962 Nominated Emmy Award Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role The Dick Powell Show
1964 Nominated Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Series (Lead) The Farmer's Daughter


  1. ^ "Inger S Stevens".  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b Brumburgh, Gary. "Inger Stevens: Wounded Butterfly". , Classic Images. 
  3. ^ a b Austin, John. Hollywood's Babylon Women, S.P.I. Books, 1994, accessed at Google Books, July 1, 2011.
  4. ^ "Inger's Brother Backs Ike Jones's Claim on Estate", Jet, August 13, 1970, page 22

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