About Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia
Pretty blonde Brooklyn native Connie Stevens is best known for her role in the television series Hawaiian Eye and for her hit novelty song "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb" (1959), a duet with Edward Byrnes.
Born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia to Peter Ingoglia (known as musician Teddy Stevens) and singer Eleanor McGinley, Stevens began her career in her native Brooklyn where she formed her own vocal group, The Foremost, featuring three male backups who went on to become The Lettermen. Stevens was later part of the all-girl group The Three Debs before making her professional stage debut in a Hollywood Repertory Company production of "Finian's Rainbow."
Stevens made her feature movie acting debut as the teenage love interest in "Young and Dangerous" (1957) and co-starred in such late 1950s teen flicks as "The Party Crashers" and "Dragstrip Riot." After several low-budget teen flicks, Stevens was given a break in an A-picture, Jerry Lewis' Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958).
Soon afterward, she was signed by Warner Bros. to play bouncy nightclub thrush Cricket Blake on the TV detective series Hawaiian Eye. She also starred in such WB feature films as Susan Slade (1961), and became a popular recording artist with her rendition of the deathless "Kookie, Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb."
Warners suspended Stevens in 1962 over several bones of contention, one of which was her snit-fit after being denied a chance to audition for the lead in the studio's My Fair Lady. She patched up her differences with Warners long enough to play a Gracie Allen clone in the George Burns-produced sitcom Wendy and Me (1964). After her flurry of fame in the 1960s, Stevens kept busy with nightclub appearances and summer theater productions. She appeared in the Broadway production of +The Star Spangled Girl, guested in such all-star movie efforts as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1978) and Grease 2 (1982), and accepted a regular role on the 1986 TV series Rowdies.
Her last screen role to date was an extended cameo as Tim Robbins' mom in the underrated comedy "Tapeheads" (1988).
Stevens was formerly married to actor James Stacy and singer Eddie Fisher. Her two daughters with Fisher, Joely and Tricia, are both singers and actors.