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Stevens as Jeri Clayton with Bill Hayes in Days of Our Lives, 1974.
|Born||Catherine Louise Stephens
July 21, 1932
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Died||December 28, 2011
The Villages Hospital, The Villages, Florida, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Woodrow Maxwell Melvin Jr. (1977-1978) (divorced)
Gerald Armstrong (1964-?) (divorced)
Tommy Amato (1955-1961) (divorced)
Kaye Stevens (July 21, 1932 – December 28, 2011) was an American singer and actress.
Born Catherine Louise Stephens, her big break in show business came at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, when the headliner for the night, Debbie Reynolds, became ill and Stevens filled in for the night. She then went on to do small shows at the Plaza Hotel's Persian Room, New York's Waldorf Astoria, and Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip. She went on to appear on such television game shows as Match Game, Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Sweepstakes, The Price Is Right, and Password.
Stevens started out in film in The Interns (1962), where she played the character Didi Loomis, and its 1964 sequel The New Interns. She also appeared in The Man From the Diners' Club (1963). Stevens had a role in another movie, Let's Switch! (1975), and in 1983 appeared in the film Jaws 3-D.
Stevens went on a USO tour with Bob Hope in 1965. She traveled to Vietnam with Hope and a group of fellow entertainers in the hopes of boosting the morale of thousands of American soldiers. She was quoted as saying “I came back in 1965 and my life was in shambles because of what I saw.”
She later became an alcoholic and her marriage ended in divorce. In 1985 she made a call to N-E-W-H-O-P-E, a telephone counseling service. She found a new faith in Jesus and started her own ministry. The Brewer Christian College and Graduate Schools (Florida) awarded Stevens with a Doctor of Humane Letters for her humanitarian efforts as well as her role in supporting the US soldiers in Vietnam with Bob Hope's USO tour.
After Stevens' big break at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, she went from singing to small audiences to singing before sold-out audiences in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles. From there she went on tour with The Rat Pack, Johnny Carson and Bob Hope.
Soap opera work
In her role on Days of Our Lives, Stevens introduced a new song, “You Light Up My Life” to the television audience. Her new song was a huge success and soon after Kaye decided that she had to write new songs and create an album. “I knew then that if I got the kind of response from one song, I had to do an album of inspirational, motivational, spiritual-pop music”.
Stevens, an only child, was born in Pittsburgh as Catherine Louise Stephens. Her family eventually moved to Cleveland, where Stevens got her start as a drummer and singer as a teenager. She later married bandleader and trumpet player Tommy Amato. The couple performed throughout the eastern United States. She was married five times. She had no children. Amato predeceased Stevens.
"Hello Margate!" Stevens, lived in the City of Margate, FL for more than 45 years (from the late 1950s until 2004). She did public relations for Jack Marquesee, the City's developer. Many Margate residents referred to Stevens as the "First Lady of Margate" because every time she appeared on game shows, she would place a sign next to her nameplate that read "Hello Margate." She promoted Margate as "a great place to live and raise a family." Stevens served as Grand Marshal in many of the City's 4th of July parades, and a City park is named in her honor. When Stevens was home in Margate for the Christmas holiday, she would gather her neighbors and friends and go to the Margate Hospital to sing Christmas carols to the patients.
Later years and death
In her last 20 years, Stevens did Christian ministry and only performed Christian or patriotic music.
|On TV||Hollywood Squares||Herself||TV Game Show|
|On TV||Tattletales||Herself||TV Game Show|
|On TV||To Tell the Truth||Herself||TV Game Show|
|On TV||Celebrity Sweepstakes||Herself||TV Game Show|
|On TV||$25,000 Pyramid||Herself||TV Game Show|
|On TV||The Price Is Right||Herself||TV Game Show|
|On TV||Password||Herself||TV Game Show|
|1964||Toast of the Town||Singer||Talk Show, 5 Episodes|
|1962-1964||The Ed Sullivan Show||Singer/Comedian||Talk Show, 6 Episodes|
|1967||The Dean Martin Show||Herself||Talk Show, 2 Episodes|
|1967||Everybody's Talking||Herself||Talk Show, 1 Episode|
|1967||The Hollywood Palace||Herself -Singer||1 Episode|
|1968||Family Affair||Julie Madden||1 Episode|
|1969||Playboy After Dark||Singer||1 Episode|
|1973||The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson||Herself||Talk Show, 4 Episodes|
|1974||Match Game||Herself||TV Game Show, 15 Episodes|
|1974-1979 on television||Days of Our Lives||Jeri Clayton|
|1975||Let's Switch!||Flo Moore|
|1979||CHiPs||Woman in Phone booth||3 Episodes|
|1979||240-Robert||Valerie Barnes||1 Episode|
|1983||Jaws 3-D||Mrs. Kellender|
|1989||B.L. Stryker||1 Episode|
|1989||Police Woman||Roz||1 Episode|
|1992||Miss America: Behind the Crown||Monica|
- “Ruckus at the Rivera” – Columbia Records
- “Kay Stevens In Person at the Copa” – Liberty Records
- “Not So Great Songs from Not So Great Movies” –Liberty Records
- “Playgirls” –Liberty Records
- “The Grass Will Sing For You” – Liberty Records
- “The Temptation Shows guest starring Kaye Stevens” –Motown Records
- “You Brought Me Back To Love Again” – Sun Records
- “Someone Must Have Hurt You A Lot” – Capitol Records
- “Friends are Friends Forever” – NLT Records
- “I'm Going Back to Tennessee” – NLT Records
- The Kaleo Institute at Brewer Christian College and Graduate School, Brewer Christian College and Graduate School website
- Kaye Stevens at the Internet Movie Database
- A New York Times review mentioning Kaye Stevens (March 7, 2007)
- Kaye Stevens official website