Inger Stevens: Swedish Movie Star

November 8, 2008

Meet Inger Stevens. She was a Swedish beauty – a movie star whose career from the late 1950’s to 1970 was sizzling until it was cut short by her own suicide. Read her biography, see photos and watch a video below.

Inger Stevens was a Golden Globe-winning, Emmy-nominated movie star when she died at age 36, reportedly a suicide.

One of her best remembered TV roles was on an episode of Twilight Zone in which she played a frantic lady driver who kept passing the same hitchhiker on the road. The episode was called “Going my way?” The audience later finds out the phantom actually represented Death and that she had been killed in a car accident all along.

Was that a creepy foreshadowing of her own premature death?

You can see more pictures of Inger Stevens here.

Inger Stevens Biography

Inger Stevens was born on October 18, 1934 in Stockholm, Sweden. Her parents divorced while living in Sweden, and when she was nine years old, she and her father moved to New York City. At 16, she left home and started to work in New York City as a showgirl in very low-budget performances. At the same time, she took lessons at a local Actors Studio.

She appeared in commercials, plays, and TV until she finally got her big chance in the movie Man on Fire with Bing Crosby. Some say she had an affair with him.

Several roles in major films followed, but she had the greatest success with her leading role in the ABC television series called The Farmer’s Daughter with William Windom. She also had reoccuring roles in episodes of Bonanza, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, Sam Benedict, and The Twilight Zone.

After The Farmer’s Daughter was canceled in 1966, Inger Stevens concentrated on movies. The best-known of her movie roles were Hang ‘em High with Clint Eastwood, 5 Card Stud with Dean Martin, and Madigan with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark, all in 1968.

Her first husband was her agent, Anthony Soglio. They were married from 1955 to 1957. From 1961 until her death, she was secretly married to Ike Jones, a black American actor.

On April 30, 1970, Inger Stevens committed suicide. A house guest found her lying face down on her kitchen floor, having overdosed on Tedral washed down with alcohol. She was cremated and her ashes were scattered over the Pacific Ocean. She was only 36 years old.

Inger Stevens Video

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One Response to “Inger Stevens: Swedish Movie Star”

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    dino martin peters Says:

    Hey pallie, like thanks for the info on Inger..she was also the amore of Dino Martin….