Inger stevens was a Swedish-American actress who was best known for playing Katy Holstrum är the American situation comedy television series ‘The Farmer’s Daughter.’ From her traumatic beginnings, after her mother abandoned the family to falling and falling in love with her co-stars, this classy yesteryear beauty had to deal with relationships throughout her life, which often left her melancholy. At the age of 16, she ran away from home and began working in burlesque performances, only to be tracked down by her father.
She eventually worked as a chorus girl and took training at the Actors Studio before obtaining her breakthrough part in the Bing Crosby starring film ‘Man on Fire.’ She went on to feature in a number of additional films and television shows, but it was with the television series ‘The Farmer’s Daughter’ that she became a household name. The three-season success of the show opened the door for several significant films. ‘A Guide for the Married Man,’ ‘Madigan,’ ‘5 Card Stud,’ and ‘A Dream of Kings,’ among others, are among her excellent performances. “Acute barbiturate poisoning” was blamed for this mysterious lady’s untimely demise.
Per Gustaf and Lisbet Stensland’s eldest child, Inger Stevens was born in Stockholm, Sweden.
[ source: self-published ] Her mother abandoned the family when she was six years old (taking her youngest son Peter with her). Stevens’ father departed to the United States shortly after, leaving Stevens and her brother, Ola, in the care of the household maid—and later, an aunt in Lidingö, near Stockholm. She and her brother relocated to New York City in 1944 to live with their father and his new wife, whom he was teaching at Columbia University. Stevens relocated to Manhattan, Kansas, with her family when she was 13 years old, where her father taught at Kansas State University. Stevens was a Manhattan High School student.
She ran away from home at the age of 16 and worked in burlesque performances in Kansas City. She moved back to New York City at the age of 18 and worked as a chorus girl in the Garment District while attending studies at the Actors Studio.
Stevens had minor roles in television shows, advertisements, and plays before landing her big break in Bing Crosby’s film Man on Fire.
She went on to feature in numerous films, including a starring part opposite Harry Belafonte in 1959’s The World, the Flesh, and the Devil, but her biggest success came with William Windom in the television series The Farmer’s Daughter (1963–1966). Stevens’ previous credits include 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 a number of films, including A Guide for the Married Man (1967), in which he co-starred with Walter Matthau; Hang ‘Em High, in which he co-starred with Clint Eastwood; 5 Card Stud, in which he co-starred with Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum; and Madigan, in which he co-starred with Henry Fonda Stevens was seeking to resurrect her television career with the detective drama series The Most Deadly Game when she died.
Anthony Soglio, her first spouse, with whom she was married from 1955 to 1957.
Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, then-Governor of California, appointed her to the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Advisory Board in January 1966. In addition, she was appointed Chairman of the California Council for Retarded Children. Karin Stensland Junker, the author of The Child in the Glass Ball, was her aunt.
Ike Jones, the first Black graduate of UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television, claimed after Stevens’ death that he had been secretly married to her since 1961. Due to the lack of a marriage license, the maintenance of separate dwellings, and the filing of tax paperwork as single people, several questioned this. However, when Stevens’ estate was being settled, her brother, Carl O. Stensland, testified in court that his sister had kept her marriage to Jones disguised “for fear of her career.” Commissioner A. Edward Nichols of the Los Angeles Superior Court found in Ike Jones’ favor and appointed him as an administrator of her estate. In 1968, the two were photographed together at a banquet.
Lola McNally, Stevens’s former roommate, and companion discovered her on the kitchen floor in her Hollywood Hills home on April 30, 1970. McNally claims that when she shouted Stevens’ name, she opened her eyes, lifted her head, and attempted to speak, but was unable to do so. McNally told police she spoke with Stevens the night before and saw no signs of concern. Stevens died while being transported to the hospital in an ambulance. Medics removed a little bandage from her chin when she arrived, revealing a small quantity of new blood flowing from a wound that appeared to be a few hours old. Stevens died of “acute barbiturate poisoning,” which was later declared a suicide by Los Angeles County Coroner Dr. Thomas Noguchi.
Inger Took The First Steps To Breaking Free From Her Broken Family.
When Inger was 16, she was unhappy with her family situation and fled away. She finally made her way to Kansas City, where she worked as a waiter and later as a burlesque dancer. Her father eventually found her and hauled her back to her hometown, where she finished high school before returning to New York City.
She met her first husband, Anthony Soglio while living in New York. He signed her to a contract and changed her last name to Stevens to make her sound more American. They married in 1955 but divorced after only a few months. Their divorce was formalized in 1958. For a long time, it was assumed that she never remarried, despite the fact that curiosity about her sexual connection was a hot topic while she was living, and it was discovered after her death that she had secretly married another man.