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Memories of Inger Stevens

Taking a Moment Today to Remember and Reflect on the life of Inger Stevens

Forty-seven years have passed, but many still recall the talent, the smile, the warmth and compassion that emanated from this amazing soul. Inger Stevens was multi-talented, performing on stage, screen and television for almost 15 years. She was also perceptive enough to realize early on that acting was not totally satisfying, that there was something more to do with her life, something more personally fulfilling. She found that something in charity work, and contemplated future projects in children's charities once her acting career ended. In the early spring of 1970, after a 4 year span making feature films, Inger agreed to producer Aaron Spelling's request to return to network television, to co-star along with Ralph Bellamy and George Maharis in a crime drama. At the time, there was some turmoil in her personal life, but the prospects of starring in the new show, filming in exotic locales, and working with top, veteran talent was exciting and invigorating. She felt rejuvenated professionally. On a personal level, however, things were somewhat less clear: her strained relationship with Ike was reaching a point where she soon had to make a decision about it's future, while at the same time she was unsure about her future with Burt Reynolds. Nevertheless, whatever issues she may have had at home, it seemed things would eventually work themselves out.

Tragically, all came to naught on the morning of April 30, 1970. Inger Stevens died that day, taking her last breath in an ambulance racing its way to a Hollywood hospital. The smile that could light up a room, the instantly recognizable voice, the woman many called "Miss Sunshine," was suddenly gone forever. For awhile her name surfaced regularly on the news, as the legal morass involving her estate played out in a Los Angeles courtroom. Inger's name would also come up in discussions about mental health and Hollywood suicides. But inevitably time moved on, and nowadays her face is only seen whenever one of her performances is shown in the media or viewed online. This in turn usually prompts a current viewer initiate a Google search for this "forgotten" performer, which leads us to this website: Today, with this short tribute, Inger is NOT forgotten. She is remembered, missed, and still mourned by those who have been captivated by the magic of this lady.

October 18, 1934 - April 30, 1970

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