Stella Stevens, a prominent leading woman in 1960s and 70s comedies may be

most popular for playing the object of Jerry Lewis

affection in "The Nutty Professor," has died. She was 84.

Stevens' estate said she died Friday in Los Angeles after a long disease.

Born Estelle Caro Eggleston in Yazoo City in 1938, she wedded at 16 and brought forth her solitary kid

entertainer/maker Andrew Stevens in 1955 when she was 17, and separated from him two years after the fact

She began acting and displaying during her time at Memphis State College and made

her film debut in a minor job in the Bing Crosby melodic "Express One for Me" in 1959, yet she considered "Li'l Abner" her enormous break