Stevens family matriarch dies

Yvonne Stevens was 104

Yvonne Stevens, the matriarch of the George Stevens filmmaking family, died May 27 in Hollywood. She was 104.

Stevens met George Stevens at comedian Oliver Hardy's house in 1928, and she was married to the two-time Oscar-winning director from 1930 until they divorced in 1947. Their son is George Stevens Jr., the Emmy-winning producer who founded the American Film Institute.

Yvonne Stevens' mother was Alice Howell, a prominent silent screen comedienne and producer who left vaudeville back east to join Mack Sennett's film company in Hollywood.

Stevens, a classmate of actor Joel McCrea at Hollywood High School, also was a Sennett "bathing beauty." She had small roles in several films in the late 1920s and early '30s.

In addition to George Jr., Stevens is survived by daughter-in-law Elizabeth Stevens; three grandchildren -- Michael Stevens, a film and TV producer, director and writer; documentary producer Caroline Stevens; and David Stevens; and six great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be private.
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