Stella Stevens then and now: See the 'Courtship of Eddie's Father' star and Playboy model through the years

Few stars of the 20th century have as many career successes under their belts as Stella Stevens.

After taking home a Golden Globe in 1960 for New Star of the Year, the multitalented actress starred in several of the biggest films of the decade, including "The Courtship of Eddie's Father," "The Nutty Professor," and the Elvis Presley flick "Girls! Girls! Girls!" Her star continued to shine on the smaller screen with roles on "Bonanza," "The Love Boat" and "Murder, She Wrote." 

The Mississippi-born beauty posed for three Playboy spreads, even tacking Playmate of the Month to her resume, and as if all of that weren't enough, Stevens enjoyed a blossoming singing career as part of a vocal ensemble that recorded the beloved theme songs for "The Flintstones" and "The Patty Duke Show."

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Portrait of American actress Stella Stevens, in a flower print top and pink scarf, late 1960s. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
BONANZA -- "Silent Thunder" Episode 13 -- Pictured: Stella Stevens as Ann 'Annie' Croft -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
Bonanza -- "Silent Thunder" Episode 13 -- Pictured: (l-r) Michael Landon as Joseph 'Little Joe' Cartwright, Stella Stevens as Ann 'Annie' Croft -- Photo by: NBC/NBCU Photo Bank
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 6: CBS television program, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Episode: Craig's Will. Left to right, Paul Stewart (as Vincent Noonan, a private investigator turned hitman); plots with Judy (played by Stella Stevens). Originally broadcast March 6, 1960. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - MARCH 6: CBS television program, Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Episode: Craig's Will. Pictured is Stella Stevens (as Judy). Originally broadcast March 6, 1960. In addition, Stella Stevens had recently posed as Miss January 1960 for Playboy magazine. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1961: Actress Stella Stevens and Fred Ansel attend an event in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Stella Stevens, American film, television, and stage actress, pictured in her hotel suite, London, Wednesday 22nd November 1961. Stella Stevens is in the UK to promote a new film, Too Late Blues, in which she plays the character Jess Polanski. (Photo by Bob Hope/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Dean Martin and Stella Stevens holding onto to each other in despair in a scene from the film 'How To Save A Marriage And Ruin Your Life', 1962. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley and Stella Stevens in Girls! Girls! Girls! (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Stella Stevens and Elvis Presley on board and holding hands in a scene from the film 'Girls! Girls! Girls!', 1962. (Photo by Paramount/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Jerry Lewis, who both directed and acted in 'The Nutty Professor', seen here with Stella Stevens. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
Stella Stevens, US actress, in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'The Nutty Professor', USA, 1963. The comedy, directed by Jerry Lewis, starred Stevens as 'Stella Purdy'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Stella Stevens, American film, television, and stage actress, pictured in hotel suite, London, 16th November 1964. Stella Stevens is in the UK to promote a new film, The Secret of My Success, in which she plays the character Violet Lawson. (Photo by Maurice Kaye/Mirrorpix/Getty Images)
Actress Stella Stevens (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Stella Stevens wearing a bikini in a publicity shot for the film 'Rage', 1966. (Photo by Orlando/Silver Screen Collection/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Stella Stevens in a scene from the movie The Silencers: the actress wears a dress with a plunging neckline and has a worried look. USA, 1966. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
1967: American actor Stella Stevens, wearing a nightgown, sits up in bed in a still from director Fielder Cook's film, 'How To Save A Marriage (And Ruin Your Life)'. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
Hollywood Actress Stella Stevens. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)
Stella Stevens at NBC for the Tonight Show; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
Unspecified - 1971: Stella Stevens appearing in the Walt Disney Television via Getty Images tv movie 'In Broad Daylight'. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images)
Walt Disney Television via Getty Images MOVIE FOR TV - "The Day the Earth Moved" - Airdate: September 18, 1974. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) JACKIE COOPER;STELLA STEVENS;CLEAVON LITTLE
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actress Stella Stevens attends the screening of "Coo Nest" on February 22, 1976 at the Academy Theater in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
HART TO HART - Pilot - Airdate: August 25, 1979. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) RODDY MCDOWALL;STELLA STEVENS
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 22: Actor Dick Bloch and actress Stella Stevens attend Love Boat Honors Helen Hayes on February 22, 1980 at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD,CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Artist Stephen Verona and actress Stella Stevens attend Jackie Mason's Party on September 14, 1981 at The Improv in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD,CA - APRIL 18: Actress Stella Stevens attends the "Flamingo Road" Final Wrap-Up Party on April 18, 1982 at The China Club in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
FANTASY ISLAND - "Saturday's Child / Fantasy Island Girl" - Airdate: December 10, 1983. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) STELLA STEVENS;RICARDO MONTALBAN
HOTEL - "Flesh and Blood" - Airdate: October 10, 1984. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) STELLA STEVENS
HOTEL - "Flesh and Blood" - Airdate: October 10, 1984. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images via Getty Images) STELLA STEVENS
WEST HOLLYWOOD,CA - OCTOBER 2: Actress Stella Stevens on October 2, 1985 dines at Spago in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BURBANK,CA - MAY 1: Actress Stella Stevens attends the "Happy Birthday, Bob-50 Stars Salute Your 50 Years with NBC" Television Special Celebrating Bob Hope's 85th Birthday and 50th Year with NBC on May 1, 1988 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES - JULY 15: Actress Stella Stevens attends the 1990 Rudolph Valentino Awards on July 15, 1990 at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - JUNE 5: Actress Stella Stevens attends the 22nd Annual Nosotros Golden Eagle Awards on June 5, 1992 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - APRIL 9: Actress Stella Stevens attends the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary's 10th Annual Odyssey Ball to Salute Dr. Donald L. Morton on April 9, 1994 at Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - NOVEMBER 15: Actress Stella Stevens attends the "Rocky" 20th Anniversary Special Screening on November 15, 1996 at Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd/Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images)
397385 18: Actress Stella Stevens arrives at "An Evening With The Stars" black-tie dinner for pancreatic cancer November 17, 2001 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Sebastian Artz/Getty Images)
Stella Stevens (Photo by Eric Isaacs/FilmMagic)
Stella Stevens during "Wicked" Los Angeles Opening Night - Arrivals at The Pantages Theatres in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by SGranitz/WireImage)
Stella Stevens during Gran Centenario Tequila Hosts the L.A. Premiere Performance of "Sweet Charity" - Red Carpet at Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jesse Grant/WireImage for Jose Cuervo International, Inc.)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 05: Actress Stella Stevens attends the 2008 Backlot Film Festival Tribute to Carl Reiner on April 5, 2008 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 08: Actress Stella Stevens attends the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival Opening Night Gala on May 8, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amy Graves/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 29: Actress Stella Stevens attends the screening for the 40th Anniversary of "The Poseidon Adventure" at the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre on December 29, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
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Toward the second half of the 1970s, Stevens realized she wanted access quieter lifestyle, opting to buy a Washington ranch in close distance to a mountain range, and she reportedly opened a bakery and an art gallery.

However, she still kept her Los Angeles home, which she first bought in 1965, until 2015. (Fifty years!) According to an LA Times writeup, she resided in the home with longtime beau Bob Kulick, a Grammy-winning record producer.

Stevens is now 80 years old.

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1966: Promotional portrait of the cast of the television show, 'Family Affair'. Clockwise (L-R): Sebastian Cabot, Johnny Whittaker, Anissa Jones, Brian Keith and Kathy Garver. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Portrait of the cast of the television series 'Family Affair,' August 10, 1966. Pictured, from left, are American actors Anissa Jones (1958 - 1976) as Buffy, Brian Keith (1921 - 1997) as Bill Davis, and Kathy Garver as Cissy, British actor Sebastian Cabot (1918 - 1977) as Mr. French, and American actor Johnny Whitaker as Jody. (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images)
Actress Kathy Garver poses for a portrait in circa 1970. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 27: THE BIG VALLEY - 'The Royal Road' 3/3/69 Sajid Kahn, Harold Gould, Kathy Garver (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 21: THE BIG VALLEY - 'The Royal Road' 3/3/69 Sajid Khan, Kathy Garver (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 19: AMERICAN BANDSTAND - 'Show Coverage' 11/12/69 Kathy Garver (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images)
Johnny Whitaker and Kathy Garver of the original 'Family Affair' (Photo by M. Caulfield/WireImage)
MARINA DEL REY - FEBRUARY 03: Kathy Garver arrives at the launch party for 'Gilligan's Island: The Complete First Season' on February 03, 2004 in Marina del Rey, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 14: Actress Kathy Garver arrives at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards held at Barker Hangar on April 14, 2007 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kathy Garver during Backstage Creations at the 5th Annual TV Land Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, United States. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage for Backstage Creations)
Kathy Garver during 5th Annual TV Land Awards - Arrivals at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica, CA, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 08: Actress Kathy Garver arrives at the 6th annual 'TV Land Awards' held at Barker Hanger on June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TV Land)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 26: Actress Kathy Garver attends the ceremony in honor of Brian Keith receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 28, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Kathy Garver attends The Late Brian Keith Receiving A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame on June 26, 2008 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Actress, Kathy Garver attends The Fifth Annual TV DVD Awards Gala event Honoring Classic TV and the 50th Anniversary of The Donna Reed Show and the program's debut on DVD (Photo by Vince Gonzales/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 19: Kathy Garver attends 2009 TV LAND AWARDS at Universal Studios on April 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by DAVID CROTTY/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 18: Kathy Garver is seen on August 18, 2016 at The Hollywood Museum in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by gotpap/Star Max/GC Images)
PARSIPPANY, NJ - APRIL 21: Kathy Garver attends Chiller Theatre Expo Spring 2017 at Hilton Parsippany on April 21, 2017 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 11: Kathy Garver attends the 2017 Big Apple Con at Penn Plaza Pavilion on March 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/Getty Images)
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