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Stella Stevens

  1. Elsa Martinelli, Hatari! 1961.    For the typical Haward Hawks lady in the safari pack, The Grey Fox wanted a Jean Harlow-Red-Dust type. Hence: Stella! Then, he went all Italian: Claudia Cardinale or his agent Charles Feldman’s client.
  2. Martha Hyer, The Carpetbaggers, 1963.   The better  choice (for Jenny Denton) didn't have an old Oscar nomination in her baggage. 
  3. Sandra Dee, That Funny Feeling, 1965.    Due for Stella one year earlier ,it cashed on the newlyweds:  “Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee” and her singer-hubby Bobby Darin.
  4. Carroll Baker, Harlow, 1965.     Stella would have perfect. Baker was not even adequate. But she was under contract to Joseph E Levine after The Carpetbaggers - and to him she was a sex-symbol. Joe was 60!
  5. Inger Stevens, A Time for Killing, 1966.  Even Stevens…  Very dificult to choose between them - two of my favourites. Easy, said producer and (uncredited) co-director Roger Corman, choosing Stella over Inger as Glenn Ford’s missionary lover for an extremely  tepid, tired Western.
  6. Dyan Cannon, Doctors’ Wives, 1970.      Stevens was set for Lorrie, but Cannon had greater fire power. As the ex-Mrs Cary Grant. Got top-billing, too, despite being shot dead when in bed with the wrong doctor in opening eight minutes!
  7. Ali MacGraw, The Getaway, 1972.    When director Peter Bogdanovich (and his lady, Cybill Shepherd) fell out of the mix, Sam Peckinpah moved in and wanted his Cable Hoguestar Stella Stevens, Angie Dickinson or Dyan Cannon as Steve McQueen’s missus. Except Paramount boss Robert Evans wanted a change of image for his missus. "I can see it now - McQueen & MacGraw." Huge mistake. Ali ran off with her co-star.,  McQueen & McQueen.  They were wed during 1973-1978.  Ali "despised" her performance. "I really couldn't look at it." She was not alone.



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