Naomi Stevens

Naomi Ruth Stevens[1] (November 29, 1925 – January 13, 2018[2]) was an American character actress of film and television from the 1950s through the 1980s. She appeared in almost 100 roles over the years, usually depicting mothers, landladies, gossips, or neighbors.[3][unreliable source?]

Naomi Stevens
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Stevens as Rose Montefusco, 1975
Naomi Ruth Stevens

(1925-11-29)November 29, 1925
DiedJanuary 13, 2018(2018-01-13) (aged 92)
Reseda, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active1956-1988
Robert Burns Jr.
m. 1948; died 2012)

Stevens began entertaining in vaudeville at age 2. She had expanded into radio, film, and theater by age 5.[4] She appeared on a radio program on KNX in Los Angeles and was featured in Paramount Pictorials.[5] Stevens attended the Grace Waugh Bowman School of Theatricals.[1]

Her most frequent characterizations were Italian, Jewish, Latin, or East European, and usually with a comic touch. She appeared in many television series and in such feature films as Valley of the Dolls, Buona Sera, Mrs. Campbell, and, most notably, in The Apartment as Mrs. Dreyfuss, the supportive "Jewish mother" type to Shirley MacLaine's character, Fran Kubelik. She portrayed Sgt. Bella Archer in the ABC crime drama Vegas (1978).[6]:1138

On old-time radio, Stevens portrayed Daphne Royce on Brenthouse[7]:51-52 and Irene Barbour on One Man's Family.[7]

Stevens died in January 2018 at the age of 92.

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  1. ^ a b "Youthful Actress Wins Leading Role". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. April 10, 1932. p. 44. Retrieved May 28, 2019 – via
  2. ^!/Obituary
  3. ^ "Naomi Stevens : Biography". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  4. ^ "A Family on and off the Screen". The San Bernardino County Sun. California, San Bernardino. September 28, 1975. p. TV Week - 16. Retrieved May 27, 2019 – via
  5. ^ "Young Singer Brought West for Pictures". The Los Angeles Times. California, Los Angeles. April 5, 1931. p. 38. Retrieved May 27, 2019 – via
  6. ^ a b c Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. pp. 278–279. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  7. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.

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