Nutty Professor star dies at 84

Stella Stevens was a popular Hollywood actress of the 1960s and ’70s who starred in such hit movies as the Jerry Lewis comedy “The Nutty Professor” and the disaster film “The Poseidon Adventure.”

Stella Stevens in 2002. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage/Getty Images)

Glamorous and more

Born in Mississippi and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Stevens was a young single mother when her college acting career propelled her to Hollywood. Through the 1960s, she won acclaim for performances that spanned the spectrum from high glamour to serious drama to wacky comedy. She played opposite Bobby Darin in the moody jazz film “Too Late Blues,” appeared in Elvis Presley’s “Girls! Girls! Girls!” and costarred in the film version of “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” before pairing with Jerry Lewis to make the classic Jekyll-and-Hyde comedy “The Nutty Professor.” Her role in the 1970s blockbuster “The Poseidon Adventure” remains a popular classic today.

Tributes to Stella Stevens