Paula Prentiss

Actor
A vivacious brunette comic player, Paula Prentiss began in lightweight, coquettish roles in the 1960s and shifted to more meaty dramatic fare in the 70s before curtailing her career in favor of raising a family. The ... Read more »
Born: 03/04/1938 in San Antonio, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (28)

I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House 2015 (Movie)

Iris Blum (Actor)

Burke's Law 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Buddy Buddy 1981 (Movie)

Celia Clooney (Actor)

Saturday the 14th 1981 (Movie)

Mary (Actor)

The Way They Were 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Black Marble 1980 (Movie)

Natalie (Actor)

Having Babies II 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Stepford Wives 1975 (Movie)

Bobby Markowe (Actor)

The Parallax View 1974 (Movie)

Lee Carter (Actor)

Crazy Joe 1972 (Movie)

Anne (Actor)

Last of the Red Hot Lovers 1972 (Movie)

Bobbi (Actor)

Born to Win 1971 (Movie)

Veronica (Actor)

Catch-22 1970 (Movie)

Nurse Duckett (Actor)

Move 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

He and She 1966 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

In Harm's Way 1965 (Movie)

Bev McConnel (Actor)

What's New, Pussycat? 1965 (Movie)

Liz Bien (Actor)

Man's Favorite Sport? 1964 (Movie)

Abigail Page (Actor)

The World of Henry Orient 1963 (Movie)

Stella (Actor)

Follow the Boys 1962 (Movie)

Toni Denham (Actor)

Bachelor in Paradise 1961 (Movie)

Linda Delavane (Actor)

The Honeymoon Machine 1961 (Movie)

Pam Dunstan (Actor)

Where the Boys Are 1959 (Movie)

Tuggle Carpenter (Actor)

Packin' It In (TV Show)

Actor

The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Show)

Actor

The Top of the Hill (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A vivacious brunette comic player, Paula Prentiss began in lightweight, coquettish roles in the 1960s and shifted to more meaty dramatic fare in the 70s before curtailing her career in favor of raising a family. The daughter of an Italian immigrant and his wife, Prentiss graduated from the famed acting program at Northwestern University. Spotted by talent scouts, she was put under contract at MGM, where she was frequently partnered onscreen with Jim Hutton, beginning with her debut feature "Where the Boys Are" (1960). Having conquered the teen audience, Prentiss offered what many feel is her best performance as Rock Hudson's overbearing girlfriend in Howard Hawks' "Man's Favorite Sport?" (1964) She continued to win the attention of adult moviegoers as Peter Sellers' married conquest in "The World of Henry Orient" (1964) and as a stripper chasing Peter O'Toole in "What's New Pussycat" (1965). She retired from features for five years, during which she co-starred with her husband Richard Benjamin in the CBS sitcom "He and She" (1967-68) as a scatterbrained social worker married to a cartoonist.

Relationships

Richard Benjamin

Husband
married on October 26, 1961 met in 1958 at Northwestern

Prentiss Benjamin

Daughter
born c. 1978

Ross Benjamin

Son
born in 1974

Ann Prentiss

Sister
convicted of assaulting her 86-year old father and of threating to kill her brother-in-law in June 1997

Thomas Ragusa

Father
Italian immigrant

EDUCATION

Northwestern University

Evanston , Illinois 1959

Randolph Macon School

Virginia

Milestones

1998

Returned to the New York stage opposite husband in the Off-Broadway production "Power Plays"

1997

Starred opposite Salome Jens in the L.A. production of "Angel's Share"

1996

Had uncredited cameo appearance as a nasty nurse in "Mrs. Winterbourne", directed by Richard Benjamin

1995

Made guest appearance on the CBS TV series "Burke's Law"

1991

Did guest role on "Murder, She Wrote"

1983

Again acted with Benjamin in the CBS TV-movie "Packin' It In"

1981

Acted with husband Richard Benjamin in the horror spoof "Saturday the 14th"

1980

Portrayed a cop who becomes romantically involved with her partner in "The Black Marble"

1975

Co-starred in the thriller "The Stepford Wives"

1974

Offered strong dramatic turn in "The Parallax View"

1972

TV-movie debut, "The Couple Takes a Wife" (ABC)

1969

Returned to features after five years in "Move"

1969

Played Nurse Duckett in "Catch-22", directed by Mike Nichols; Richard Benjamin also was featured

1968

Starred Off-Broadway in "Arf" and "The Great Airplane Snatch"

1967

Starred opposite husband Richard Benjamin in the CBS sitcom "He and She"

1965

Co-starred in "What's New, Pussycat?"

1964

First starring feature role, "Man's Favorite Sport?", directed by Howard Hawks

1961

Feature acting debut, "Where the Boys Are"

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