A Broadway featured performer who has appeared in movies and television shows in a career spanning over five decades.
Born in the Philippines of Eurasian descent she spent the Second World War in Japanese-occupied Manila and emigrated to America in 1948, and graduated high school from Choate Rosemary Hall in Greenwich, Connecticut. Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington D.C. followed and as soon as she was able, she moved to New York and was given a scholarship to the Katherine Dunham School of Dance.
A year later she was part of the opening act of the Lena Horne Show at the Cocoanut Grove. Shortly thereafter the 21-year-old became a featured dancer in the Broadway show “Kismet”. Her appearance in New York’s Versailles Club prompted director George Abbott and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse to immediately cast her as the dancing lead in “The Pajama Game.” There she first saw her name in lights on Broadway.
She danced her way into the hearts of producer Joe Pasternak and director Robert Wise where a 7-year contract at MGM awaited her. Her first feature film was “This Could Be The Night” and she became the studio’s hottest young starlet.
During this period, she met and married young actor Steve McQueen after only four months of dating. When Steve’s star rose, they wound up on the cover of Life Magazine and became Hollywood’s newest “power couple”. They were married over 15 years and had two children together: a daughter, Terry Leslie McQueen (1959–1998), and a son, Chad McQueen, born in 1960. There are also four grandchildren from this union: Molly, Steven R., Chase and Madi McQueen
She would later marry Alvin Toffel, then president of the Norton Simon Museum until Toffel’s death in 2005.
Neile’s proudest accomplishment is being the model for Picasso’s PICASSO EROTIC which hangs in the Picasso Museum in Barcelona. Probably the only American to have that honor. “Spanish-speaking though I maybe”.
Adams is an active member of the charitable organization, SHARE and is a board member of The Boys Republic of Chino Hills.
Neile was recently featured in an eight-page spread in Vanity Fair Spain. She performs her Cabaret shows in Los Angeles, New York, London and Paris and is currently writing and developing a feature film presentation based on her book “My Husband, My Friend.”