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PAULA PRENTISS BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Paula Prentiss was born on March 4th, 1938 in San Antonio, Texas with the birth name Paula Ragusa born to parents, Paulene and Thomas J. Ragusa.  She is the older sister of Ann Prentiss who also pursued a career as an actress.  Sadly, in 2010 her sister passed away in jail during her nineteen years serving for crimes having to do with battery, and solicitation to commit murder. 
 
After Paula completed high school she enrolled at Northwestern University in the school of drama but initially had goals of pursuing a career as a doctor.  When she was scouted by a talent manager her career goals changed and she was signed right away to a contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer. 
 
Her forte was in comedy and she was teamed up with comedian, Jim Hutton and became one of America's best female comedians during the 1960's.  Some of her more well known film roles were in, "Where the Boys Are" (1960), "Man's Favorite Sport?" (1964), "In Harm's Way" (1965) starring alongside film greats John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Henry Fonda, "The Stepford Wives" (1975), "What's New Pussycat?" (1964), "The Black Marble" (1980) and "The Parallax View" (1974). 
 
Along with film acting she also appeared on television in the CBS sitcom, "He & She" (1967-1968) along with her husband.  She was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the series.  other appearances she has made with her husband throughout her career have been in, "Catch-22" (1970) and "Saturday the 14th" (1981).  
 
Throughout her career in entertainment she was honored by Empire magazine choosing her as, One of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history" in 1995 and her final film roles was in 2007 in, "Hard Four".    

Prentiss has married only once to actor and director, Richard Benjamin in 1961 and they have two children and remain married today.  Although, she is mostly retired from the industry, she has such a good relationship with Hollywood that the doors are always open to her anytime she wants to take on a new role. 


Filmography

2007 Hard Four 
1996 Mrs. Winterbourne 
1995 Burke's Law
1992 Murder, She Wrote
1983 M.A.D.D.: Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
1983 Packin' It In
1980 Mr. and Mrs. Dracula 
1981 Buddy Buddy
1981 Saturday the 14th
1981 Listening Skills
1981 Managing Meetings
1980 The Black Marble
1980 Top of the Hill 
1979 Friendships, Secrets and Lies
1978 No Room to Run 
1977 Having Babies II 
1975 The Stepford Wives
1974 The Parallax View 
1974 Crazy Joe 
1972 The Couple Takes a Wife
1972 Last of the Red Hot Lovers
1971 Born to Win
1970 Move
1970 Catch-22 
1967-1968 He & She 
1965 What's New Pussycat 
1965 In Harm's Way 
1964 Looking for Love
1964 The World of Henry Orient 
1964 Man's Favorite Sport? 
1963 Follow the Boys 
1962 The Horizontal Lieutenant 
1961 Bachelor in Paradise 
1961 The Honeymoon Machine
1960 Where the Boys Are





Matinee Classics - In Harm's Way starring John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, Patricia Neal, Tom Tryon, Paula Prentiss, Brandon de Wilde, Jill Haworth, Dana Andrews, Stanley Holloway, Burgess Meredith, Franchot Tone, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy, James Mitchum, Carroll O'Connor and Larry Hagman
Matinee Classics - Born to Win starring Robert de Niro, George Segal, Karen Black, Hector Elizondo and Paula Prentiss
Matinee Classics - The World of Henry Orient starring Merrie Spaeth, Tippy Walker, Peter Sellers, Paula Prentiss, Angela Lansbury, Tom Bosley, Phyllis Thaxter, Bibi Osterwald, John Fiedler, Al Lewis, Peter Duchin, Fred Stewart, Philippa Bevans and Jane Buchanan
Matinee Classics - Man's Favorite Sport? starring Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy, John McGiver, Charlene Holt, Roscoe Karns, James Westerfield, Norman Alden, Forrest Lewis, Regis Toomey, Tyler McVey and Kathie Browne
Matinee Classics - Man's Favorite Sport? starring Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy, John McGiver, Charlene Holt, Roscoe Karns, James Westerfield, Norman Alden, Forrest Lewis, Regis Toomey, Tyler McVey and Kathie Browne
Matinee Classics - Stump the Stars starring Sebastian Cabot, Beverly Garland, Hans Conried, Ed Begley, Jeanne Crain, Michael Landon, Nina Foch, Paula Prentiss, Nick Adams, Dean Jones and Roger Smith and more
Matinee Classics - Stump the Stars with Nick Adams and Paula Prentiss


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