Paula Prentiss (born March 4, 1938) is an American actress well-known for her film roles in Where the Boys Are, Man's Favorite Sport?, The Stepford Wives, The Black Marble, and The Parallax View.
She was born Paula Ragusa to Sicilian emigrants in San Antonio, Texas.
Prentiss first became known as a comedic actress with such films as Where the Boys Are, The Honeymoon Machine, Bachelor in Paradise, and The Horizontal Lieutenant, where she was teamed with actor Jim Hutton, who was also tall; Hutton stood 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) to her 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m). She later starred with Rock Hudson in Man's Favorite Sport?, in The World of Henry Orient and What's New, Pussycat? with Peter Sellers, Catch-22 and Last of the Red Hot Lovers with Alan Arkin, In Harm's Way with John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, Move with Elliott Gould, The Parallax View with Warren Beatty, and Billy Wilder's last film Buddy Buddy with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.
For one season (1967–1968), Paula starred with her husband, Richard Benjamin, in the CBS sitcom He & She. Although not a big ratings success, the stylish series was considered ahead of its time in humor and sophistication. It is viewed as a landmark sitcom and a thematic precursor to the crop of MTM-style sitcoms to emerge a couple of seasons later. Prentiss was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy.
She is married to actor/director Richard Benjamin. They have two (now adult) children, Ross and Prentiss, and live in the Hollywood Hills. They appeared together in He & She (1967–1968), as well as the film Catch-22 (1970).
Paula's sister Ann is also an actress.
Where the Boys Are (1960)
The Honeymoon Machine (1961)
Bachelor in Paradise (1961)
The Horizontal Lieutenant (1962)
Follow the Boys (1963)
Man's Favorite Sport? (1964)
The World of Henry Orient (1964)
In Harm's Way (1965)
What's New, Pussycat? (1965)
Born to Win (1971)
Last of the Red Hot Lovers (1972)
The Parallax View (1974)
The Stepford Wives (1975)
The Black Marble (1980)
Saturday the 14th (1981)
Buddy Buddy (1981)
Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)
Hard Four (2007)
Paula Prentiss at the Internet Movie Database
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