Singer and actress Kaye Stevens, 79, who performed with the Rat Pack and frequently appeared on
, died Wednesday at Villages Hospital north of Orlando, Fla. She had
clots, said her friend Gerry Schweitzer.
era, Stevens also performed for American soldiers in the war zone with
's USO tour.
Rat Pack members she shared the stage with included
She also sang solo at such venues as Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Plaza Hotel in
She was born Catherine Louise Stephens in 1932 in Pittsburgh and eventually moved to Cleveland, where she got her start in her teens as a drummer and singer. She later married bandleader and trumpet player Tommy Amato and performed with him in the eastern U.S.
From 1974 to 1979, Stevens portrayed Jeri Clayton on "Days of Our Lives." She also was a regular on TV
and appeared in about a dozen television and movie projects, including "The New Interns" (1964) and "Jaws 3" (1983).
A longtime resident of
, Fla., Stevens had started her own ministry.