"Say, Isn't that Inger Stevens?"
Actresses Commonly Mistaken for Inger Stevens
In his biography of Inger, author William Patterson mentions two instances where Inger was mistaken for another actress/performer by fans seeking an autograph. Being a real trouper and not wanting to disappoint enthusiastic fans, she went ahead and signed autographs using the name of the star she was thought to be. Here are the other actresses:
Kathleen Nolan and Tammy Grimes
On the left is a photo of actress Kathleen Nolan, star of the comedy series The Real McCoys, and on the right is actress Tammy Grimes star of film and Broadway. It is understandable to see how easy easily the three could be confused: all were blonde, active performers on television, and each were known for their upbeat and energetic personas.
Inger is often mis-identified/confused with other performers in many photographs as well. This is also probably due to confusion dealing with the last name "Stevens," which is shared by two other blonde, contemporary actresses:
Stella Stevens and Connie Stevens
Stella is an accomplished actress with a variety of comedic and dramatic roles in her professional career (Ballad of Cable Hogue, The Silencers, The Nutty Professor, The Poseidon Adventure) in both film and television, as well as appearing on the cover of Playboy magazine numerous times. Connie Stevens skyrocketed to television fame in her role as "Cricket Blake" on the adventure/detective series Hawaiian Eye, set in the exotic locale of the Hawaiian Islands.
Quite often on Internet auction sites such as EBay, there are photographs and lobby cards from some of Inger's films. While her name is listed among the credited performers, she may not be in the scene being depicted, and people can mistakenly assume the actress in the photo is Inger. This has happened when lobby cards from Hang 'Em High or Firecreek are listed:
Arlene Golonka in Hang 'Em High
Brooke Bundy in Firecreek
Both Arlene Golonka and Brooke Bundy have long and successful careers of their own, and should be recognized by fans for being the unique and talented ladies that they are.
Finally, a photograph of a dancer that is easily found on the internet has been labeled as being a young Inger, possibly dating from the time she performed in burlesque:
The identity of the dancer has never been verified as being Inger. William Patterson spent some time studying the purported Inger photo, looking at facial features, body type, and the supposed time frame as to when the photo could have been taken, and compared that with the same factors that could be seen in over 500+ Inger photos in his archive. His conclusion: it was not Inger. He based this on a number of reasons: the facial features did not match; at the time Inger worked in burlesque, she was lean and thin, not the voluptuous shape the woman in the photo appears to be in; and there are personal, physical features that do not correspond with Inger.