Naomi Stevens

Naomi Stevens

Highest Rated: 93% The Apartment (1960)

Lowest Rated: 17% The Black Orchid (1959)

Birthday: Nov 29, 1926

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, USA

In the decades before political correctness became the standard, there was quite a market for ethnic characterizations in Hollywood. Naomi Stevens capitalized on that to score a host of minor TV and film parts that required foreign accents--or at least roles that slanted heavily toward an identifiable cultural type. For decades, if a production needed an Italian mama or a Jewish matron, she was the go-to character actress for the part. Stevens's niche was a comfortable and lucrative one, carrying her through a 31-year career that covered over 100 TV episodes and films. She was equally adept at playing drama as she was at handling the tricky timing of comedy; her versatility won her roles in everything from Western series like "Rawhide" (1962) to medical procedurals such as, among numerous others, "Dr. Kildare" (1961). She could also shift easily between genre and character type on the movie screen, appearing in wildly different films like the young-actresses-in-Hollywood exploitation film "Valley of the Dolls" (1967) and the macho bare-knuckle fighter saga "Hard Times" (1975). Stevens usually appeared in one-off guest roles in TV shows, although from time to time she would stay on for a recurring part. She did the ethnic thing as Mama Rossini for multiple appearances on the popular 1960s sitcom "My Three Sons" (1969) and, as ever, shifted gears to play Sgt. Bella Archer in 20-plus episodes of the police procedural "Vega$" (1978).

Highest rated movies

The Apartment
Hard Times
Hustle
Valley of the Dolls
The Black Orchid

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 93% Disney's Newsies: The Broadway Musical Producer - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet Vegas Sgt. Bella Archer (Character) - 1978
63% 48% Hustle Woman Hostage (Character) - 1975
92% 81% Hard Times Madam (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 35% Superdad Mrs. Levin (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fly Me Mother (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Mrs. Saretti (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Badge or the Cross Mama Bain (Character) - 1971
35% 58% Valley of the Dolls Miss Steinberg (Character) - 1967
93% 94% The Apartment Mrs. Mildred Dreyfuss (Character) - 1960
17% 59% The Black Orchid Guilia Gallo (Character) - 1959

TV

Credit
22% No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D. Unknown (Guest Star) 1984
24% No Score Yet Hotel Unknown (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Donna's Mother (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Police Woman Mrs. Gucciares (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cannon Corny (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show Juanita (Character) 1968-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Mrs. Saretti (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet 50% The Partridge Family Mrs. Weinstock (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Room 222 Unknown (Guest Star) 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Flying Nun Unknown (Guest Star) 1967-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Three Sons Unknown (Guest Star) 1969-1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Girl Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Juanita (Character) 1968
No Score Yet 100% Hogan's Heroes Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
100% No Score Yet The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Fugitive Gypsy (Guest Star) 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet My Favorite Martian Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dr. Kildare Mrs. Gast (Guest Star) 1961-1962 1964-1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Joey Bishop Show Mrs. Schwartz (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Unknown (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Hour Unknown (Character) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet Perry Mason Agnes (Guest Star) 1961-1962 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Farmer's Daughter Molly (Guest Star) 1964
No Score Yet No Score Yet 77 Sunset Strip Italian Woman (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet McHale's Navy Unknown (Guest Star) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Unknown (Guest Star) 1957 1960 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Target: The Corruptors Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1962
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1960
82% 95% The Twilight Zone Washroom Attendant (Character) 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bronco Unknown (Guest Star) 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cheyenne Unknown (Guest Star) 1957