love Siberians because they are so beautiful to look at. They are
certainly not pushovers, though; you have to earn their respect and
their love. They are very territorial and are very clean, which make
them such great pets.”
Connie Stevens made a name for herself as a sixties icon
and the star of such programs as "Hawaiian Eye", where she
played Cricket Blake and "Wendy & Me" in which she
costarred with George Burns. She has starred on Broadway and played to standing
room audiences in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and countless other cities
across the globe. In 1995 she completed production on "A Healing",
a documentary dedicated to the women who served in the Vietnam War. Most
recently she has made guest appearances in the TV series "Baywatch"
After her divorce from performer Eddie Fisher, Stevens
raised their two daughters, Joely and Tricia Leigh, as a single mother. Both
daughters have followed their mother's footsteps into Hollywood. Joely was a
costar on the popular series "Ellen" and is touring with "Cabaret".
Tricia Leigh has starred in two movies of the week to critical acclaim.
In 1989 Stevens formed Forever Spring, a cosmetics empire
that has grown into the top selling line on the Home Shopping Network and
includes a day spa in Los Angeles. Her successful line of products has
established Stevens as one of the most successful female businesswomen of all
A enthusiastic supporter of philanthropy, her project
Windfeather provides scholarships for Native American youth. She is also
involved with the organization Dignity of Jackson Hole, which supports the
mentally and physically challenged.
Stevens has an amazing respect for all forms of life, and
she shares her home with a menagerie of dogs, plants, and a six-year-old
goldfish. Connie Stevens proves that with a little persistence and an abundance
of love, you could reach your dreams.
KT: How many pets do you have?
CS: I have Joon, a Siberian husky I got in Alaska. Two albino Siberians, one
with one blue eye and one green eye. Ali, another Siberian. Roxette, another
Siberian husky. I also have 5 white Bichons: Cosette, Jackson, Evvie, Vincent,
and Rooney. I also have a 6-year-old fish. I lost Caleb after 16 years. He was a
pure Siberian. He weighed 150 lbs., but could jump a five foot fence. I love
Siberians because they are so beautiful to look at. They are certainly not
pushovers, though; you have to earn their respect and their love. They are very
territorial and are very clean, which make them such great pets. This may sound
weird, but they have a sense of humor; they get it. Joon got into a fight with a
possum, somehow got out the front gate, and got hit by a car. Her back and legs
were crushed and the nerves on her tail severed. I took her to Dr. Olzs at the
Brentwood Pet Clinic. He put pins in the legs, but she could not walk or sit and
today, eight months after the accident, she is running in the back yard. Joon
wanted to live. I massaged her every day on her back and legs. I'd say to her,
"You can do this, you're a husky." She had a will to live.
KT: Growing up, did you have many
CS: Well, I am from Brooklyn, NY, so we could not have many pets, but I always
had at least two dogs.
KT: Is it hard to take care of an
animal while trying to balance a successful acting career and a social life?
CS: Well, it is a lot harder for the average person. I am fortunate enough to
have two and a quarter acres and a great housekeeper and houseman. Also, my home
is large and has lots of room for the clan to run and play in.
KT: Do you spoil your pets?
CS: Yeah, I cook for them. They get rice, gizzards, boiled chicken, liver, and
dry dog food.
KT: What have you learned from
CS: Unconditional love. I have learned that you can communicate on a very deep
level with any living form. That's why my gardens bloom and my animals are so
healthy- because I communicate with them. When you are in a bad mood or
irritated, always remember to be the person your dog thinks you are.
KT: What is your hardest
responsibility as a pet owner?
CS: To make sure that they behave and that they have a lot of love and attention
constantly. Once you have an animal, you have to commit to it. They need a sense
of freedom, but, of course, they must have some boundaries. I am against hitting
them though; just send the vibe and that will do it.
KT: What is your proudest
CS: My children. I was a single mom that raised two bright, beautiful, and
KT: What is your earliest memory
of having a pet?
CS: I had a dog my dad gave me called Downbeat, a black and white mixed breed
that loved music.
KT: Do your pets travel with you?
CS: Every now and then they go with me. Cossette travels the most.
KT: You have had a great career in
Hollywood. What aspect of your career have you enjoyed the most?
CS: I like it all! I love the live performances and Las Vegas. I also like
making films that are being discovered by another generation. Having been a teen
idol of the sixties is great because you realize you left your generation with a
smile and good memories.
KT: Your focus in life seems to
have shifted from Hollywood to the corporate world, and you have become one of
America's most successful [business] women. Which field do you prefer and are
you surprised by your success?
CS: I am not surprised that my products are good; I am surprised though by how
well the consumer has reacted to them.
KT: If you could be any animal,
which one would you be and why?
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CS: One of my dogs-a Siberian husky happy in the snow. A sled dog-the fastest
and leader of the pack. If not, I'd like to be a lion if they were free because
they have less fear. They are very family-oriented. Unfortunately. too many wild
animals are afraid at what man can do to them.