Stella Stevens lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease and passed away at the age of 84.
The Poseidon Adventure and The Nutty Professor were the films in which the actress was most recognized.
Deadline received confirmation from her son, Andrew Stevens, that she had passed away.
Stella Stevens was one of the most amazing and talented people I have ever dealt with, and it was a pleasure and a delight to manage her, said Stevens’ manager and close friend Maria Calabrese.
“While I truly wish I could have done more for her toward the latter years of her career and shared in her frustration as she so wanted to make the leap from a triple threat American icon to producer – her wish, never realized, was to have three original Western scripts produced.
“She was an amazing animal lover, horse wrangler, rock and roller, so ahead of her time and so much more than a sex symbol – which her adoring fans admired her for and understood.
“What a tremendous body of work and loss. She was the OG of strong Hollywood women.”
While attending college, Stevens developed her performing skills. She made her film debut in 1959 with Say One For Me, costarring Bing Crosby.
She won the Golden Globe for the movie’s most promising newcomer after garnering positive reviews for the part.