Where is Connie Stevens now? Wiki bio
Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia was born in Brooklyn, New York City USA on 8 August 1938, so under the zodiac sign of Leo and holding American nationality – Connie is popular for her singing and acting career, initially for her role of Cricket Blake in the “Hawaiian Eye” TV series in the early ‘60s, while she is also a director, screenwriter, producer, editor and a cinematographer. Connie’s last role was in the “Search Engines” movie shot in 2016, and she has since retired from acting.
Early life and education
Connie grew up in New York City alongside her father Peter Ingoglia (Tedy Stevens) who was a musician and her mother Eleanor McGinley who was a singer and was half Irish half Ashkenazi Jewish while her father was Italian, Irish, German, Jewish, and Polish.
Her father was mostly known for his stage name Stevens and as Connie liked it more than her original name, she decided to use it as her professional name as well. Her parents separated while she was still very young, then after witnessing a murder in Brooklyn when she was 12, she was sent to live with her grandparents in Missouri. Connie had a half-brother named John Megna, born in 1952 but who died in 1995.
She attended several Catholic boarding schools, and it was during this time that she became part of The Fourmost music group, launching her career of a singer. She switched to The Three Debs music group at the age of 16, and enrolled at The Georgia Massey Professional School located in the San Fernando Valley from which she graduated.
Connie’s acting career and other works
Connie won her first notable role at 19 years of age in 1957, when she appeared in a low budget movie entitled “Young and Dangerous”. Praised for her performance, Connie won roles in “Eighteen and Anxious” movie shot in the same year, then “The Bob Cummings Show” TV series, and the “Dragstrip Riot” movie shot in 1958. She became popular around the US after she appeared with Jerry Lewis in the “Rock-A-Bye Baby” musical comedy movie in 1958 – her performance made it possible for her to sign a contract with Paramount, which was supposed to last for seven years, and granted her $600 per week with a chance of climbing up to $1,500, however, the contract was dropped after only a year. As soon as her contract with Paramount was annulled, Connie signed a seven-year contract with Warner Bros. for $300 per week – during the length of her contract, she was appearing as a guest star in numerous TV shows such as “The Ann Southern Show”, “Maverick”, “Tenderfoot”, and many others.
She won the role of Cricket Blake in the “Hawaiian Eye” detective series in 1959 and it was this role that made Connie popular – she was part of the main cast until 1963 when the show ended. Her concurrent roles were in the “Parrish” movie in 1961, “Susan Slade” in 1962, and “Palm Springs Weekend” in 1963. She appeared as a guest in the “Temple Houston” and “The Red Skelton Show” TV series before winning her first movie lead role in “Two on a Guillotine” in 1965. She played Wendy Conway in the “Wendy and Me” TV sitcom through 1964 and ’65, and then had the main role in the “Never Too Late” movie shot in 1965. She had her first role in a Broadway production in 1968, when she appeared in “The Star-Spangled Girl” – she fell in love with performing live and went on to appear in nightclubs around Las Vegas on a regular basis.
Some of her later roles were in “Double Duty” shot in 2009, “Just Before I Go” (2014), and “Search Engines” shot in 2016. She has done a bit of directing throughout the years as well – she directed the “A Healing” documentary film in 1997, and “Saving Grace B. Jones” in 2006. When she was invited to be a guest in 2003 in the “Larry King Live” TV show airing on CNN, Connie stated how she was once contacted by the popular musician Elvis Presley who invited her to attend one of his parties and promised to pick her up at her house himself – the two were later dating for an unknown amount of time. At the beginning of the 1990s, Connie launched her “Forever Spring” cosmetic skin care product line, and went on to open the Connie Stevens Garden Sanctuary Day Spa in her favorite city of Los Angeles.
On June 29, 2013 the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution's President General, Merry Ann Wright,…
Connie’s singing career
Connie released her first album in 1958 entitled “Concetta”, which received good critiques and made Connie somewhat popular in the field of music – the songs from the album which became minor hits were “Blame it on my Youth” and “Spring is Here”. Thanks to her appearance in the “77 Sunset Strip” TV series produced by Warner Bros, Connie got a chance to record the “Kookie, Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb)” song in 1959 which made her popular – the song was a duet made with Edd Byrnes, and reached fourth place in the “Billboard Hot 100” list. Connie’s “Sixteen Reasons” song released in 1960 has remained to be her biggest hit to this day, as it got to third spot in the “Billboard Hot 100”, and ninth spot in the UK, while some of her other popular songs include “Too Young To Go Steady”, “Apollo”, “Why’d You Wanna Make Me Cry”, and “Now That You’ve Gone”.
Ex-husbands and personal matters
Connie’s love life story began when she was around 25 years old. She married James Stacy, a fellow actor, in 1963 and the two spent three years together before they divorced in 1966 for unknown reasons. She married Eddie Fisher, a popular singer, just a year after in 1967, and the two spent two years together as they divorced in 1969 – Eddie died on 22 September 2010. Connie gave birth to two of her daughters named Joely Fisher and Tricia Leight Fisher during her marriage with Eddie, but and nothing further is known about her love life in the years after her second divorce. Connie is still very popular today – her star can be found on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars in California, she has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and also has a star on the Italian Walk of Fame located in Toronto in Ontario, Canada.
She became the secretary-treasurer of the Screen Actors Guild on 23 September 2005 while she has been a supporter of the Republican Party throughout the years and has donated quite a sum of money to it. Connie is the holder of the Founder’s Medal for Patriotism, which was given to her by Merry Ann Wright, the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution’s President General, on 29 June 2013.
Hobbies and interests
Connie has mostly been focused on her singing and acting careers throughout the years, but there are numerous other things she has enjoyed doing.
Connie was always a party woman who loved being the center of attention – this is one of the reasons why she enjoyed performing live in Las Vegas, as both the audience and the critics liked watching her perform. She has always been interested in doing charity work and donating money to those in need, while she‘s also donated money to nearly anyone who would have asked her for it – Connie believes that a person should not possess more than he/she needs. Although her careers took most of her time, she was still there while her daughters were growing up, and she got to see them both become successful actresses, while her younger daughter Tricia Leigh is also a singer.
Today, Connie enjoys leading a calm and peaceful life and prefers to spend her free time sitting in her garden while reading a good book.
Although there were some rumors circulating the internet that the popular actress had passed away, these have been proven wrong. Connie is no longer acting, and is enjoying her life in retirement.
Appearance and net worth
Connie is currently 81 years old. She has long blonde and brown hair and blue eyes, and is 5ft 2in (1.57m) tall while her weight is not known. According to authoritative sources, her current net worth is estimated to be more than $15 million, and is still rising mostly thanks to her past (and current) fame.
Happy Valentine's Day to our beautiful friends! pic.twitter.com/uI4jCnixXd
— connie stevens (@conniestevens8) February 14, 2019
Social media presence
Connie doesn’t appear very interested in being active on the popular social media networks – she has several accounts on the internet, but does not post onto them that often. She launched her Twitter account in September 2011, and has since gathered nearly 2,800 followers and tweeted nearly 350 times. Her Instagram account has only around 50 followers, while she has uploaded over 60 pictures onto it – Connie is running a Facebook page as well, which counts nearly 600 people fans.