Connie Stevens' home in LA's Holmby Hills neighborhood is as grand as her legendary acting and singing career.
Thirty-eight years ago, Connie drove by this three-story mansion with her real estate agent, who suggested they take a look inside. "She said I could grow with it," Connie shares with 'Closer,' "and she was absolutely right!"
Since then, Connie, 76, has filled the 10-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 13,000 square-foot home with a lifetime of memories. Family photos, including those of her actress daughters, Joely, 47, and Tricia, 45 (from her late-1960s marriage to singer Eddie Fisher), are lovingly placed throughout the beautiful abode.
So are personal mementos, like the bass her musician dad once played ("I'll pluck the strings now and then and I still feel him here," she shares), and other items collected since her teen-idol years on the 1959-63 series Hawaiian Eye.
"When you travel as much as I have, you can't help but have an eclectic home," says Connie, whose singing career took her all over the world. "I like to collect pieces and people!"
That's why — despite the estate's sprawling size — Connie is never lonely. In addition to her little bichon frise, Max, and her Siberian husky, Grace, the house is often filled with visiting friends. Her daughter Joely also loves to entertain guests at her own home.
"She's always been around that [environment]," shares Connie, "so it does run in the family."
Connie sees her family "practically everyday" and loves cooking for them on the holidays. Though she's considered downsizing, she admits that when "Christmas and Thanksgiving roll around, I say 'I'm not leaving this place!' It's all about the memories."
To read Connie's full interview with the magazine and to see exclusive photos of her home, pick up the new issue of 'Closer Weekly,' on newsstands now!