Inger Stensland (Stevens)
Class of 1952
Staring in 1963, she starred in the TV series "The Farmer's Daughter" opposite William Windom, until 1966. The episode "To Have And To Hold" was the highest rated program in the US for the week in Nov. 1965 when it was broadcast, beating out the then top-rated "Bonanza".
After her series was cancelled, Inger was in great demand for movies roles. She starred in "A Guide for the Married Man" (with Walter Mathau), "A Time for Killing" (with Glen Ford and George Hamilton), "Firecreek " (with Henry Fonda and James Stewart), "Madigan" (with Henry Fonda and Richard Widmark), "5 Card Stud" (with Dean Martin and Robert Mitchum), "Hang 'Em High" (Clint Eastwood's first American western), "House of Cards" (with George Peppard and Orson Welles) and "A Dream of Kings" (with Anthony Quinn), all within the short span of 1967 to 1969. She also appeared in some the very first made-for-telvision movies "The Borgia Stick" , "The Mask of Sheba" and "Run, Simon, Run".
Inger was also a singer with a contract with a record company which issued a 45 rpm single of the swedish lullaby "Lasse, Lase Litte". She was in the music club every year she attented Manhattan High School along with The Robed Ensemble one year, and had a part in the musical "The Red Mill" presented by the students in the 1950 to 1951 school year. In 1967 she sang on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
In addition to her profesional career, she was noted and respected for her work for and with mentally retarded children. In additon to raising money for charities, she also personally did volunteer work with children one day a week when time allowed.
She was noted for her intelligence, professionalism in her work, lack of egotism, compassion for children and interest in art.
Unfortunately, probably ultimately linked to emotional problems stemming from her childhood, she died of a massive overdose in 1970 having survived an overdose of sleeping pills in 1959. Even though she is virtually forgotten as an actress, anyone who knew her will nver forget her.
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