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December 9, 2021

45 Beautiful Photos of Inger Stevens in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1934 as Ingrid Stensland in Stockholm, Swedish–American actress Inger Stevens ran away from home to Kansas City, and worked in burlesque shows at 16. At 18, she left Kansas City 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.

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

Roles in major films followed, including a starring role opposite Harry Belafonte in 1959’s The World, the Flesh and the Devil, but she achieved her greatest success in the television series The Farmer’s Daughter (1963–1966), with William Windom. Previously, Stevens had appeared in episodes of Bonanza, Route 66, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Eleventh Hour, Sam Benedict, The Aquanuts (1960 TV series) 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.

At the time of her death in 1970, Stevens was attempting to revive her television career with the detective drama series The Most Deadly Game. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of Inger Stevens in the 1950s and 1960s.




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