Estelle Eggleston was born in Yazoo City, Mississippi on October 1, 1938. Her family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when she was 4 years old. When she was 16 she married Noble Herman Stephens with who she had a son, Andrew. The couple divorced 3 years later.
She attended Memphis State University where she studied acting and got good reviews for her performance in Bus Stop. This prompted her to pursue a career in acting.
In 1959 Stevens made her screen debut in a minor role as a chorus girl in Say One For Me with Bing Crosby and Debbie Reynolds. Later that year she appeared in Li’l Abner.
She started the following year as Playmate of the Month January 1960 in Playboy magazine. She would pose for the magazine twice more (1965 and 1968).
Stevens then went on to win the Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. On TV, she would appear on Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza and General Electric Theatre.
In 1962 she would co-star with Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls!. Over the next couple of years, she would appear in The Nutty Professor (1963) with Jerry Lewis, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963) with Glenn Ford and The Silencers (1966) with Dean Martin’s Matt Helm.
In 1970 Stevens appeared with Jason Robards in The Ballad of Cable Hogue with Jason Robards and in 1972 she would co-star in the star-studded disaster classic The Poseidon Adventure.
The remainder of her career would primarily focus on TV roles on many hit series including The Love Boat, Wonder Woman, Newhart, General Hospital and Fantasy Island.
Stevens opened an art gallery in Twisp, Washington after buying a ranch in nearby Carlton, Washington. She currently lives in an assisted living facility in Los Angeles as she suffers from Alzheimer’s.