At college, Stella became interested in acting and modeling.
She married aspiring electrician Noble Stephens when she was only 15 and gave birth to son Andrew a year later.
In 1960, she won a Golden Globe.
She appeared on the television series Surfside 6 1960 ; Ben Casey 1961 and the soap opera General Hospital 1963.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Stella became a fixture in movies made for television and appeared in a number of television series.