Neile Adams

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Neile Adams
1960 Neile Adams.jpg
Adams in 1960
Born (1932-07-10)July 10, 1932
Manila, Philippines
Occupation Actress
Years active 1952–Currently active in Cabaret work
Spouse(s) Steve McQueen (1956–1972, divorced)
Alvin Toffel (his death)

Neile Adams (born July 10, 1932) is an actress, singer and dancer who made more than 20 appearances in films and television series between 1952 and 1991.

Life and career[edit]

Adams was born on July 10, 1932 in Manila, Philippines of Spanish, German, and Filipino descent. Her father was a maternal great-grandfather of Spanish singer Enrique Iglesias. She was the wife of actor Steve McQueen and is the grandmother to actor Steven R. McQueen.

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) (opposite Burt Reynolds), So Long, Blue Boy (1973), Chu Chu and the Philly Flash (1981), and Billy Wilder’s Buddy Buddy (1981).

Television credits include: The Perry Como Show, two Bob Hope Christmas specials, The Eddie Fisher Show, The Patrice Munsel Show, The Pat Boone Show, The Hollywood Palace, and many other variety shows of the time.

Dramatic appearances include: The Alfred Hitchcock Presents classic in which she was paired 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". After a brief period of inactivity, Adams resumed working and guest-starred in many TV shows in the '70’s (Hotel, Rockford Files, Fantasy Island, Vegas, Man From U.N.C.L.E., The Bionic Woman, and Operation Petticoat, to name a few).

Of late, she has been doing cabaret work in Los Angeles, London, Paris, and New York.

Year of birth[edit]

Adams was born in 1932 (other sources have incorrectly indicated 1934 or 1936).


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