Connie 'Cricket' Stevens, 82, does a little dance in rare appearance (2022)

Hollywood screen legend Connie Stevens kicked up her heel and did a little dance as she's spotted in a rare public appearance running errands, exclusive DailyMail.com photos show.

The 82-year-old proved she's as lively as ever and displayed her good sense of humor while out and about in Los Angeles last week Tuesday.

The reclusive New York-born actress and singer, who played the role of ‘Cricket’ Blake in the hit TV series Hawaiian Eye, kicked up one foot to the side and balanced herself by holding onto her walker, which was decorated with two American flags.

It marked the first time Stevens, the mother of Joely Fisher, 52, and Tricia Leigh Fisher, 51, from her failed marriage to the late crooner Eddie Fisher,has been seen out since Covid-19 caused a lockdown in March.

Hollywood screen legend Connie Stevens kicked up her heels and did a little dance as she's spotted in a rare public appearance running errands, exclusive DailyMail.com photos show.

The reclusive New York-born actress and singer, who played the role of ‘Cricket’ Blake in the hit TV series Hawaiian Eye, kicked up one foot to the side and balanced herself by holding onto her walker, which was decorated with two American flags

(Video) Connie 'Cricket' Stevens, 82, does a little dance in rare appearance

The 82-year-old proved she's as lively as ever and displayed her good sense of humor while out and about in Los Angeles last week Tuesday

Stevens was born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia on Coney Island in 1938. Last year, her daughter Joely wrote a memoir about her mother's life and her upbringing, which was published last year. It details how Stevens followed her father out to Los Angeles after her parents divorced and soon launched a singing and acting career

Stevens wore a flowy white blouse, black pants and shoes, designer shades and a bright blue face mask to protect herself from the virus for her outing.

Stevens was born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia on Coney Island in 1938.

Last year, her daughterJoely wrote a memoir about her mother's life and her upbringing, which was published last year.

It details how Stevensfollowed her father out to Los Angeles after her parents divorced and soon launched a singing and acting career.

Stevens was soon 'discovered' and suddenly was under contract with Warner Brothers for the late 1950s television show 77 Sunset Strip.

She and co-actor Edd Byrnes released a single in 1959 that they sang on the show, which resulted in her first gold record - Kookie, Kookie, Lend me Your Comb!

Stevens never looked back. Her sex kitten career was suddenly soaring and she was playing gigs coast to coast.

She married actor James Stacy in 1963, but he turned out to be a psychopath who burned Connie's baby pictures, cut off her hair when she was sleeping and was physically abusive.The marriage lasted three years. Ten years later, Stacy was convicted of child molestation.

On the rebound from the divorce, she met Eddie Fisher, the pre-Elvis, pop singing star of the 1950s, who came with a truckload of salacious

He had divorced America's sweetheart, actress Debbie Reynolds to marry Elizabeth Taylor, just three and a half hours later in 1959 – after becoming close when Liz's husband Mike Todd died in an airplane crash the year before.With the divorce, he also ran out on his baby daughter by Debbie, actress Carrie Fisher.

Stevens wore a flowy white blouse, black pants and shoes, designer shades and a bright blue face mask to protect herself from the virus for her outing

(Video) Connie Stevens

Stevens was soon 'discovered' and suddenly was under contract with Warner Brothers for the late 1950s television show 77 Sunset Strip. She and co-actor Edd Byrnes released a single in 1959 that they sang on the show, which resulted in her first gold record - Kookie, Kookie, Lend me Your Comb! Stevens never looked back. Her sex kitten career was suddenly soaring and she was playing gigs coast to coast

She married actor James Stacy in 1963, but he turned out to be a psychopath who burned Connie's baby pictures, cut off her hair when she was sleeping and was physically abusive. The marriage lasted three years. Ten years later, Stacy was convicted of child molestation

Singer and actress Connie Stevens (Concetta Ann Ignolia) sits in a canvas chair which has her name on the back in the 1960s

(Video) "Hollywood Backstage" Dancing at P.J.'s with Connie Stevens. .

Fisherwas on the prowl when he met Stevens who 'was popping pills, partying, and trying to stay one step ahead of the sadness' following her divorce, Joely writes.

Stevens got pregnant quickly but Fisher wasn't anxious to get married. After her second pregnancy, Frank Sinatra gave Eddie his private plane and told him to take her to Puerto Rico and marry her.

He did but it didn't make him a good father and he didn't stick around long.

Joely remembers her first exposure to drug use as a toddler.

'I had a baby's eye view of my own father tying off, prepping a needle and injecting drugs into his veins'.The doctor described his mystery concoction of the best speed as a unique 'energy formula' and after shooting up, Eddie was hooked.

But Eddie wasn't the only parent indulging in drugs. Stevens was as well but she was also 'a full-time showbiz mom'.

She also got hooked on speed in the form of Black Beauties, a combination of Amphetamine (speed) and Dextroamphetamine – a popular form of speed in the 1970s that was often prescribed to treat ADHD and obesity in extreme cases, according to her daughter.

She found relief in the drug when she was crying in her trailer, worried that she wouldn't look good in the jeans that the studio wanted her to wear on camera.

The drug not only suppressed her appetite but also gave her a much-needed burst of energy when she was 'dragging' – as well as a feeling of euphoria.

'So I bore witness to my mom's reliance on a pharmacopeia of beauties through her life', Joely writes.

She claims she learned how to expertly roll joints for Connie who enlisted her to build up a stockpile.

After her first two marriages, Stevens gave up believing marriage could work, despite having flings withElvis,Bill Medley and Neil Armstrong.

'My mom never ended up with greatness. These serious relationships she had after my dad, well, none of the men were ever as successful as my mother. She didn't want to lose that upper hand', Joely wrote.

(Video) ACTRESS CONNIE STEVENS OPENS UP ABOUT HER CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD.

Connie Stevens with her daughter Joely Fisher, who claimed in her memoir that Stevens got hooked on speed in the form of Black Beauties, a combination of Amphetamine (speed) and Dextroamphetamine – a popular form of speed in the 1970s that was often prescribed to treat ADHD and obesity in extreme cases

Steven's second husband Eddie Fisher was a womanizer and divorced Connie in 1969. Pictured: Connie Stevens, Tricia Leigh, Eddie and Joely Fisher in 1989

Connie reinvented herself in the 1980s when her bookings were diminishing.

A friend introduced her to a line of beauty products and wanted to use her name. Connie was only game if the products were good. If she was going to sell products, she wanted to be able to use them herself.

So she started experimenting with ingredients and came up with what was a winning formula, Forever Spring and she signed a lucrative deal at the Home Shopping Network.

For a while it was great and she was buying more real estate – a home in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mexico, a New York apartment.

On more than one occasion she told her daughter, 'I'm not going to die the cream lady', but she passed on the big offer from Revlon to buy her out but keep her on as CEO and figurehead.

Their plan was to put her products in every department store as well as in beauty supply stores like Sephora.

'Well, if Revlon can do it, I'll do it myself', she foolishly said and parted ways with the Home Shopping Network as well as people involved as partners from the top who now demanded money.

She bought a building on Robertson Boulevard in LA, created a spa where the products were used and sold.But it didn't fly. 'The empire started to crumble'.

Connie had used her own money to get back into show business, financed a movie and Joely started hearing the word 'foreclosure' again.

Connie had bought five houses when she was flush and the total cost of monthly mortgages was $74,000. So she had to sell off some of her old jewelry to make the payments.

As the years went by, Stevens 'didn't look like herself anymore after her stroke in 2016,' Joely wrote.'You'd have to really be a connoisseur of all things sixties to recognize her'.

(Video) Connie Stevens - Blue Gardenia | TV Series: Hawaiian Eye (1961)

FAQs

Who did Connie Stevens marry? ›

Connie Stevens

What was Connie Stevens famous for? ›

Stevens gained widespread recognition for her portrayal of "Cricket" Blake on the network television series Hawaiian Eye, beginning in 1959. She garnered concurrent musical success when her single "Sixteen Reasons" became a radio hit, peaking at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart in 1960.

How Old Is Connie Stevens? ›

Who played cricket on 77 Sunset Strip? ›

Connie Stevens: Cricket Blake.

Is Connie in Steven Universe future? ›

"Bismuth Casual", Connie's first major appearance in Steven Universe Future, shows full-circle how far Connie has come since her introduction, as she is revealed to have made friends outside of Steven and is shown to be somewhat close to them.

Did Connie Stevens leave Hawaiian Eye? ›

Sunny Day, played by Tina Cole, was a singer at the Shell Bar. The role was created after Connie Stevens temporarily left the series in the fourth season over a contract dispute.

What TV show was Connie Stevens on? ›

Connie Stevens

Why did Anthony Eisley leave Hawaiian Eye? ›

Anthony had thought he would play a comedian but Warner Brothers Television placed him in a suave private eye role in Hawaiian Eye. Eisley said that he left after the third season to be replaced by Troy Donahue as a hotel social director, Philip Barton.

What did Connie Stevens appear in? ›

As time went on, Stevens continued acting regularly, with guest roles on popular series like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island, and in more recent decades, Clueless and 8 Simple Rules. She was also in movies like Scorchy and Grease 2 and became a nightclub performer.

What is the full name for Connie? ›

Connie is a given name. It is often a pet form (hypocorism) of Concetta, Constance, Cornelia, or Cornelius.

Is James Stacy still alive? ›

Who was the star of Hawaiian Eye? ›

LOS ANGELES — Robert Conrad, the rugged, contentious actor who starred in the hugely popular 1960s television series "Hawaiian Eye" and "The Wild Wild West," died Saturday. He was 84.

Does 77 Sunset Strip exist? ›

No number 77 exists on the Strip, as all Sunset Boulevard addresses in the area have four digits.

Where can I watch 77 Sunset Strip? ›

  • Prime Video.
  • Disney+
  • HBO Max.
  • Apple TV+
  • Paramount+
  • All Streaming Services.
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Who are the characters on 77 Sunset Strip? ›

77 Sunset Strip

Does Steven Grow Old? ›

Steven is immortal. With his gem he has the power to be any age he wants. Even when he's 200+ he can appear as a child if he wants to based on his state of mind.

Is Connie a gem? ›

While she was born as a Human being, she became a Gem Hybrid as confirmed in the Season 6 episode "The Results are In", due to her fusing with Steven (and then later Amethyst), and inheriting Gem DNA to the point of becoming half Gem herself.

How old is Connie at the end of Steven Universe? ›

It is revealed in "Steven's Birthday" that Connie is 12¾ years old.

Was Hawaiian Eye popular? ›

But actually, Hawaiian Eye was by far the most successful of the Sunset clones, lasting four seasons, and still has plenty of fans to this day.

Was Hawaiian Eye filmed in Hawaii? ›

The entire series was shot on the Warner Brothers sound stage with some establishing footage to make sure you knew it was Hawaii.

What was Robert Conrad's net worth when he died? ›

Robert Conrad was probably best-known for starring in the television series "The Wild Wild West" from 1965-1969. He died on February 8, 2020 at the age of 84. He was survived by eight children and 18 grandchildren.
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Robert Conrad Net Worth.
Net Worth:$10 Million
Nationality:United States of America
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Where can I watch Hawaiian Eye TV show? ›

  • Prime Video.
  • Disney+
  • HBO Max.
  • Apple TV+
  • Paramount+
  • All Streaming Services.

What movie did Connie Stevens play in? ›

Connie Stevens

How did Connie Stevens make her money? ›

In the 90s she started doing infomercials for make-up and skin-care products. She developed her own line of cosmetics called Forever Spring and opened her own day spa. In 2009 she directed the film Saving Grace B. Jones.

Is Anthony Eisley still alive? ›

How old is Anthony Eisley? ›

When was Hawaiian Eye made? ›

How old is Connie Francis now? ›

How Old Is Eddie Fisher? ›

Is Connie a cute name? ›

Connie Origin and Meaning

The name Connie is both a boy's name and a girl's name meaning "steadfastness". Connie is a sweet and charming vintage nickname, which ranks in the top 200 in the UK and has a vintage charm that makes it ready for a comeback in the US as well.

Is Connie a boy or girl? ›

Connie as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Connie), is pronounced KAH-nee. It is of English origin.

Is Connie a unisex name? ›

The name Connie is primarily a gender-neutral name of English origin that means Constant. Diminutive form of Constance.

Did Stacy Keach lose an arm? ›

“This is always happening to Stacy (Keach) and me,” said James Stacy, the actor who lost his left leg and left arm in a 1973 motorcycle accident. He recalled that when Keach was arrested in London in 1984 for possession of cocaine, “one of those papers over there used my name.”

Who did James Stacy marry? ›

James Stacy

How long was Connie Stevens married to Stacy? ›

During the early 1960s, Stacy was married to actress Connie Stevens, after the two met on the set of the film "Summer Magic." They divorced in 1966 after three years.

How many episodes are there of Hawaii eye? ›

How long was the show Hawaiian Eye on? ›

Hawaiian Eye is an ABC network detective\crime drama series created by Roy Huggins. The show aired from October 7, 1959 to April 2, 1963, lasting for four seasons & 134 episodes.

How many seasons was Hawaiian Eye? ›

Who is Connie Francis married to? ›

Connie Francis

Is James Stacy still alive? ›

Who did Eddie Fisher marry? ›

Eddie Fisher

Who is the richest country music artist? ›

Top 10 Richest Country Singers in the World for 2022
  1. Shania Twain – $400 Million. ...
  2. Garth Brooks – $400 Million. ...
  3. Toby Keith – $365 Million. ...
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  6. Kenny Chesney – $180 Million. ...
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Why does Marty Stuart wear scarves around his neck? ›

In fact, it seems like Marty's ever-present scarf is more a nod to his country music roots than anything else. The tradition of country singers wearing scarves goes way back to the days of Gene Autry (“the Singing Cowboy”) and Roy Rogers. Some of the earliest country-western singers wore scarves, so Marty does, too.

What is Connie Smiths net worth? ›

Connie Smith net worth: Connie Smith is an American country music artist who has a net worth of $8 million. Connie Smith was born in Elkhart, Indiana in August 1941. She is a singer and songwriter who plays guitar. Smith has had more than 20 Billboard Top 10 country singles and more than 10 Grammy Award nominations.

How did Connie Stevens make her money? ›

In the 90s she started doing infomercials for make-up and skin-care products. She developed her own line of cosmetics called Forever Spring and opened her own day spa. In 2009 she directed the film Saving Grace B. Jones.

Who did Bobby Darin love? ›

Before his demise in 1973, legendary actor Bobby Darin recognized that his first wife, Sandra Dee was his one true love. Although the realization came a little too late, not even death could keep them apart.

Who did Bobby Darin want to marry? ›

Bobby Darin

Did Stacy Keach lose an arm? ›

“This is always happening to Stacy (Keach) and me,” said James Stacy, the actor who lost his left leg and left arm in a 1973 motorcycle accident. He recalled that when Keach was arrested in London in 1984 for possession of cocaine, “one of those papers over there used my name.”

Who did James Stacy marry? ›

James Stacy

How long was Connie Stevens married to Stacy? ›

During the early 1960s, Stacy was married to actress Connie Stevens, after the two met on the set of the film "Summer Magic." They divorced in 1966 after three years.

What was Eddie Fisher's net worth when he died? ›

Eddie Fisher net worth: Eddie Fisher was an American singer and actor who had a net worth of $30 million. Eddie Fisher was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August 1928 and passed away in September 2010.

What Colour were Elizabeth Taylors eyes? ›

Makeup can also "bring out" certain colors in the eyes. Taylor was often photographed wearing blue or purple eyeshadow to compliment her eyes' naturally violet hue, or dark brown eyeshadow and black eyeliner to contrast against and play up their unique color.

How many biological children did Elizabeth Taylor have? ›

Taylor has four children, three she gave birth to and one she adopted. - She and second husband Michael Wilding had two children: Michael Jr. and Christopher.

Videos

1. Movie Legends - Connie Stevens
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2. Connie Stevens on The Love Boat
(Maile Ragusa)
3. Connie Stevens biography
(Celebrity Posters)
4. Connie Stevens 3 11 82
(Ellen Adelstein- Talk it Over)
5. Segments taken from episode "MADE IN JAPAN" the HAWAIIAN EYE TV Series
(THE PILAR SEURAT CHANNEL)
6. Connie Stevens: “What Gives?” - 1961
(Vintage Paparazzi)

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