Adams in 1960
July 10, 1932
|Years active||1952–Currently active in Cabaret work|
|Spouse(s)||Steve McQueen (1956–1972; divorced)
Alvin Toffel (1980–2005; his death)
Neile Adams (born Ruby Salvador; July 10, 1932) is a Filipino-American actress, singer and dancer who made more than 20 appearances in films and television series between 1952 and 1991.
Life and career
Adams was born on July 10, 1932 in Manila, Philippines as Ruby Salvador. Her father was a maternal great-grandfather of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. She emigrated to the United States in 1954 and became the wife of actor Steve McQueen two years later. The couple had two children together. A daughter, Terry Leslie McQueen, born in 1959 and a son, Chadwick Steven McQueen, born in 1960. The marriage ended in divorce in 1972. She is the grandmother of actor Steven R. McQueen. She remarried, to Alvin Toffel, a political campaign manager and president of the Norton Simon Museum, in 1980; the union lasted until Toffel's death in 2005.
Broadway credits include: Featured dancer in Kismet, starred in Pajama Game opposite John Raitt and Julie Wilson, and Broadway-bound At The Grand opposite Paul Muni. She married then struggling actor Steve McQueen four months after their meeting in 1956 while filming MGM’s This Could Be the Night (1957) where she was under contract. Adams opened the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas in 1958 with Dick Shawn and Vivian Blaine.
Her other screen credits include Women in Chains (1972), Fuzz (1972)), Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981), and Buddy Buddy (1981). Her television credits include: The Perry Como Show, two Bob Hope Christmas specials, The Eddie Fisher Show, The Patrice Munsel Show, The Pat Boone Show and The Hollywood Palace. Her dramatic television roles include an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, opposite her husband and Peter Lorre, titled "Man From the South". Two more Alfred Hitchcock episodes followed: a half-hour show directed by Arthur Hiller in which she starred, "One Grave Too Many", and an Alfred Hitchcock Hour episode entitled "Ten Minutes From Now". She also appeared on episodes of such television series as Hotel, The Rockford Files, Fantasy Island, Vegas, Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Bionic Woman, and Operation Petticoat.
Year of birth
The Academy Film Archive houses the Steve McQueen-Neile Adams Collection, which consists of personal prints and home movies.
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