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Paula Prentiss
PAULA PRENTISS was born in San Antonio, Texas and studied acting at Northwestern University, where she graduated as Best Actress in the drama department. While acting there in a student production of A Hatful of Rain, she was discovered by a talent scout from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and was signed to a seven year contract. She starred in her first movie, Where the Boys Are, and then in other MGM films including The Honeymoon Machine, Bachelor in Paradise, The Horizontal Lieutenant and Follow the Boys. Howard Hawks directed her in Man's Favorite Sport opposite Rock Hudson. She starred in The World of Henry Orient with Peter Sellers, In Harm's Way with John Wayne, and What's New Pussycat with Woody Allen. Ms. Prentiss also appeared in Catch-22; The Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Parallax View; Move; Crazy Joe; The Black Marble; The Stepford Wives; Buddy, Buddy and Saturday the 14th, opposite her husband Richard Benjamin. She appeared in a cameo as Nurse Ratched's younger sister in her husband's film Mrs. Winterbourne. On TV, Ms. Prentiss enjoyed critical acclaim with her husband in their CBS television series, He and She, and has appeared in several made-for-television movies including Packin' It In and M.A.D.D. -- The Candy Lightner Story. Ms. Prentiss' stage appearances include Rosalind in Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival production of As You Like It, Marianna in the UCLA Theatre Group production of Measure for Measure and two Off-Broadway plays, Arf and The Great Airplane Snatch. Ms. Prentiss made her Broadway debut in The Norman Conquests opposite Mr. Benjamin. More recently, she has returned to the stage in Secrets, Love Letters, and the American Repertory Theatre production of Demons for Robert Brustein. Her most recent appearance was a ten-week run at the Tiffany Theatre, where she was critically acclaimed in the Los Angeles premiere of Angel's Share.

Bio as of July, 2007.



American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Working in the Theatre (video)
Performance - September, 1998 - Watch now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)